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Can Avast free protect against Wanacry ransomware?


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#1 SuperSapien64

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:32 PM

I use Avast free on my Windows 7 computer and I was wondering does Avast free protect against the Wanacry ransomware?

 

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:54 PM

WannaCry spreads by exploit in a weakness found in Microsoft Windows which was formerly exploited by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and targets unpatched systems. A group known as The Shadow Brokers claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from NSA.Microsoft Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt attacks
How to Protect yourself from the WannaCry or Wana Decryptor Ransomware
How to protect yourself from WannaCry ransomware
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:03 PM

https://blog.avast.com/ransomware-that-infected-telefonica-and-nhs-hospitals-is-spreading-aggressively-with-over-50000-attacks-so-far-today

 

and another article of interest: http://thehackernews.com/2017/05/wannacry-ransomware-decryption-tool.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheHackersNews+%28The+Hackers+News+-+Security+Blog%29


Edited by saw101, 19 May 2017 - 11:06 PM.

Don’t worry about what people think. They don’t do it very often.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:03 PM

Thanks quietman7 and saw101. :) So Avast can protect you from Wanacry ransomware, that good news. :thumbup2:



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:26 PM

WannaCry is one of many types of ransomware and we see new variants almost daily. You should not rely on an anti-virus alone. See Post #2 in this topic for the best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware)
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:40 PM

WannaCry is one of many types of ransomware and we see new variants almost daily. You should not rely on an anti-virus alone. See Post #2 in this topic for the best defensive strategy to protect yourself from malware and ransomware (crypto malware)

I know but it's still nice to know that Avast can stop WanaCry. This best defense is to be cautious about what sites you visit and don't open any email attachments from unknown senders heck even if it appears to be official email addresses can be spoofed. Its a dangerous world out there.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:48 PM

...This best defense is to be cautious about what sites you visit and don't open any email attachments from unknown senders heck even if it appears to be official email addresses can be spoofed. Its a dangerous world out there.

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