Microsoft has issued fix for what it described as a “highly unusual” step to provide public patches for Windows operating systems that are in custom support only, including the older versions of Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003 to ward off computer hacking with ransomware attacks worldwide.
To check the appropriate patch visit the official page of Microsoft patches HERE.
Select the appropriate patch depending on your Windows OS variant. It has provided 13 patches for older versions of Windos OS systems, including Vista and windows 8 and Windows XP. Select the one applicable to your OS and download it.
Once downloaded, apply the patch and you are safe for now as security firms have warned that the problem may take a different route anytime in the near future. One advisory is not to open attachments in e-mails without confirming that they are from reliable source.
The Microsoft Update Catalog provides updates for non-corporate users via automatic updating or the Microsoft Update website. In Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Automatic Updates is available within your Windows operating system.
To check your current settings, you can right click My Computer, click Properties and then select the Automatic Updates tab.
In Windows Vista, you no longer use a Web site to check for updates. Instead, you can check for updates by opening Control Panel, and opening Windows Update. If you use Microsoft Update, you can install updates for Windows and other Microsoft software products through Windows Update.