The rapid response from Microsoft indicates just how worrisome the ransomware attack has been for businesses around the world including vital organizations where computers are central to daily work such as hospitals and utility companies.
Microsoft officially withdrew its support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014, after 13 years of loyal service.It can be replaced with Microsoft Update, an expanded version of the service which provides for other Microsoft software as well, such as Microsoft Office, Windows Live Essentials and Microsoft Expression Studio.Windows Update clients normally download updates over an Internet connection, although Microsoft makes provision for installing updates on computers without an Internet connection and a range of alternative methods and programs also exist to install updates. Security updates or critical updates protect against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits.As of May 2017, the last major update to Windows 10 is Windows 10 Version 1703, also known as the .Updating is completely automatic via Windows Update.Among other things, this means no more monthly fixes to protect against new viruses and malware.Anybody still using XP will be stuck with the OS as it stands on that final day, and you can expect any security vulnerabilities subsequently discovered to be ruthlessly targeted."In March, we provided a security update which provides additional protections against this potential attack.Those who are running our free antivirus software or have Windows Update enabled, are protected." The new update is available here and those looking for more detailed information regarding Wanna Crypt ransomware and how it may impact Windows can find it listed on the Microsoft security blog.Regarding that unusual move, Microsoft's blog post states, "This decision was made based on an assessment of this situation, with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind." "Today our engineers added detection and protection against new malicious software known as Ransom: Win32.Wanna Crypt," a spokesperson said in a statement emailed to .