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  1. I am sure there are lots of folks that think they can afford to lose all that is on their computer. But as I harp on a lot it is critical today to do your patches! Lots of folks are still running XP and even though Microsoft issued a patch for this in March, and even for XP users too, folks just think they are under the radar. If you don't patch, don't complain about Microsoft, they aren't the problem. Excerpt: "How to protect against it There are two ways Petya/GoldenEye attacks a computer. "The exploit attacks vulnerable Windows Server Message Block (SMB) service, which is used to share files and printers across local networks," said David Sykes, business security expert at Sophos. "Microsoft addressed the issue in its MS17-010 bulletin in March, but the exploit proved instrumental in the spread of WannaCry last month. The new Petya variant can also spread by using a version of the Microsoft PsExec tool in combination with admin credentials from the target computer." These problems have been patched, but some people have not downloaded the fix, so it keeps spreading. Your first line of defense is to be sure you have the latest version of Windows: If you have automatic updates turned on, you're safe. The update should already be installed to your computer. If you don't have auto update on, you can download the security update here: Windows 8 x86 Windows 8 x64 Windows XP SP2 x64 Windows XP SP3 x86 Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86 Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86 Windows has a download page for all versions available here. Next, make sure that your antivirus software is up to date. Most antivirus companies already have patches out that block Petya and this new version of it." More in the article here: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/petya-goldeneye-malware-ransomware-protect-yourself-against/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=20640562413884385817807471581031