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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #45 on: May 21, 2017, 12:13:06 AM »
Looks like updates are pretty fast and furious at present as version was 8.0.3.7 dated  05/16/2017, only 4 days ago.
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2017, 12:16:33 AM »
Looks like updates are pretty fast and furious at present as version was 8.0.3.7 dated  05/16/2017, only 4 days ago.
Yes, lately has been both definitions and version updates, sometimes only one or the other, but updates are coming in rapidly either way. 
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2017, 01:13:20 AM »
Looks like updates are pretty fast and furious at present as version was 8.0.3.7 dated  05/16/2017, only 4 days ago.
Yes, lately has been both definitions and version updates, sometimes only one or the other, but updates are coming in rapidly either way. 

Yes, at times the download sites can't keep up.
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #48 on: May 21, 2017, 11:56:52 AM »
I see. I don't have a second internal hard drive.

So it's time to do something against hard- & software failures. I make backups AND create OS-images from time to time on
- 2. internal harddisk
- external harddisk - not connected to my PC
- my notebook as second available machine if something serious goes wrong.

Yes definitely, thank you stibi......I need to learn how to do it first. :)

What do you mean by "Get (free) only storage" please Eddy?

DavidR you use XP.....

I carried out an XP SP3 repair installation last year, had no Windows updates at all. I turned on Windows Automatic Updates after the WannaCry Ransomeware scare just in case......I received 146 XP SP3 + Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile updates on 14th May 2017! Microsoft didn't state that they would be allowing this? They only stated that they had released a custom patch for XP, which I installed separately - KB4012598.

"WannaCrypt – an earlier version of the malware – used previously leaked tools by the US’s National Security Agency to exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows platform.

Microsoft patched the vulnerability using MS17-010 in March – but only for current platforms."

So were only Windows 10 users who hadn't applied this patch affected by the recent WannaCry Ransomeware outbreak?

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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #49 on: May 21, 2017, 12:08:41 PM »
All Windows versions after 98 are vulnerable if not patched.
Check the (tech)news sites.

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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #50 on: May 21, 2017, 12:11:03 PM »
So regarding Windows 10 - it was only those users who hadn't applied that patch who were affected.

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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #51 on: May 21, 2017, 01:20:48 PM »
They only stated that they had released a custom patch for XP, which I installed separately - KB4012598.
Do you find now this KB in your "add/remove program" ?
As far as I'm concerned, I applied this fix separately but it is not clear and not appear.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2017, 01:23:17 PM by chris05 »

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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #52 on: May 21, 2017, 02:11:30 PM »
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DavidR you use XP.....

I carried out an XP SP3 repair installation last year, had no Windows updates at all. I turned on Windows Automatic Updates after the WannaCry Ransomeware scare just in case......I received 146 XP SP3 + Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile updates on 14th May 2017! Microsoft didn't state that they would be allowing this? They only stated that they had released a custom patch for XP, which I installed separately - KB4012598.

Now you can get an idea of how valuable/useful drive imaging software can be, drop back to an earlier drive image backup and you may not have had to do a Repair install.  And possibly avoided having to download the old OS updates.

"WannaCrypt – an earlier version of the malware – used previously leaked tools by the US’s National Security Agency to exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows platform.

Microsoft patched the vulnerability using MS17-010 in March – but only for current platforms."
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Microsoft aren't issuing new updates for XP but as you found, I don't think they stop you getting previously issued updates. They did however make an exception because of the seriousness of the issue for OSes that were no longer supported. This included winXP, Vista and win8.0 the remaining supported OSes got the wannacry update in March as you mentioned.
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #53 on: May 21, 2017, 05:41:42 PM »
They only stated that they had released a custom patch for XP, which I installed separately - KB4012598.
Do you find now this KB in your "add/remove program" ?
As far as I'm concerned, I applied this fix separately but it is not clear and not appear.

I did apply said fix a couple of days ago and it does appear in my add/remove programmes.
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #54 on: May 21, 2017, 05:45:18 PM »
DavidR

Yes, I can now get an idea of how valuable/useful drive imaging software can be!

Microsoft turned their XP update servers OFF - I hadn't been able to get any previously issued updates until now - they must have turned them back on after the WannaCry outbreak! The patch for XP SP3 - KB4012598 - didn't actually come through Windows Automatic Updates, I had to search for it afterwards and manually install it.

They only stated that they had released a custom patch for XP, which I installed separately - KB4012598.
Do you find now this KB in your "add/remove program" ?
As far as I'm concerned, I applied this fix separately but it is not clear and not appear.

chris05 Yes, I do......please see attachment.

 

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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2017, 09:26:02 PM »
Yes, a backup plan is a must.

Have not had to ever go back to the beginning and re-install all needed security updates for many a year because I do this.

Also useful for when I do something when I should know better and still do it anyway:  An UAC dialog box pops up asking for permission to allow this process (an executable) to run out-of-the-blue and purportedly associated with avast, which I did after researching it and checking the validity of the security certificate...

Went back a day to a valid image before this happened and thus removed the action without harm...

Plan is have to daily or hourly incremental imaging and weekly images saved and all works out well most of the time.  Just so you know, it took 10 minutes from beginning to end to restore the image and thus the system.   :)
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #56 on: May 21, 2017, 09:57:19 PM »
Thanks for your help mchain.

"Yes, a backup plan is a must."

I agree. All I need now is for someone to show me how it's done.....which is always preferable to reading instructions and having no-one to answer questions when you have limited knowledge and don't understand all the computer jargon.

Unbeknown to me at the time, due to Security Center / Windows Updates corruption, I hardly had any XP updates to start with......took a tec on another forum to make me aware and by then it was too late - post April 2014. 'MicrosoftFixIt' fixed it, but I couldn't get anymore XP updates prior to the repair installation.


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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #57 on: May 21, 2017, 10:06:34 PM »
Aha!

Some do better when shown how, some do better when written, and some do better when told, etc.,.

Here you go:  https://www.youtube.com/results?q=how+to+use+an+disc+imaging+program+to+backup+your+system

When ready, start your own topic, and we'll go from there as this is sort of off topic as it is....
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Re: Does Avast protect me from Wannacry?
« Reply #58 on: May 21, 2017, 10:17:51 PM »
 :)

Thank you for your kindness and that's to all who have helped me here too......I have a lot of important non computer matters to deal with at present and I also have a failing CPU fan I need to take care of, but I will look into this when I can.

Will add video to my favourites.

Better to be safe than sorry.....
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