For customers that run Windows Update, the tool will detect and remove Wanna Crypt and other prevalent malware infections.
Customers can also manually download and run the tool by following the guidance here.
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Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious “Wanna Crypt” software.
Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we made the decision to make the Security Update for platforms in custom support only, Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003, broadly available for download (see links below).
Customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March.
While some companies and organizations are still receiving updates for the operating system, end users do not.
These companies pay Microsoft for that, usually because they were not able or willed to migrate computer's running Windows XP to another operating system before the extended support phase for the system ended.