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Windows Patch

Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years.

If you saw the news on Friday 12th May and over the weekend you’ll know there was a large deployment of a ransomware virus that hit the NHS, but also potentially other small businesses as well. We have had 2 clubs since Friday who have been hit by this.

Microsoft on Friday took the unprecedented step of issuing patches for long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from fast-spreading ransomware that has crippled machines worldwide.

The relevant Microsoft explanatory notice is available : https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/ 

If your club is using Windows XP embedded or POSReady2009 on any of the club machines, then you can download the relevant windows patch via the link above.

You will need to:

1) Open https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

2) Scroll down to the 'further resources' section

3) Click on the relevant download, (Windows XP SP2 x64, Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86)

4) Copy the file to the machine, then install it. 

If you have been affected by the Virus

You will need to talk to your IT services about ensuring the virus is removed as it does encrypt new files. They should also be made aware that it can spread across the network so it’s likely other machines could also be infected.  The advice above will also be applicable to any future cryptoviruses. They should locate a recent backup then contact us to help.

Ensure your data is being Backed up

The single biggest thing that will defeat ransomware is having a regularly updated backup. If you are attacked with ransomware you may lose that document or data that you started with earlier that day, but if you can restore your system to an earlier snapshot or clean up your machine and restore your other lost documents from backup, you can rest easy. Remember that Cryptoviruses can also encrypt files on drives that are mapped. This includes any external drives such as a USB thumb drive, as well as any network or cloud file stores that you have assigned a drive letter. So, what you need is a regular backup, to an external drive or backup service, one that is not assigned a drive letter or is disconnected when it is not doing backup.

Club Systems Products

Remember that ClubV1 is a hosted product so the data is not held locally at the Golf Club. All of our cloud servers are managed by Microsoft themselves and therefore all security and patches are managed by them.

We can't be held responsible for managing the servers at clubs, but we will help where ever we can. Moving to clubv1 won't stop you be attacked by a virus such as this, but it will protect your data from being held to Ransom in this way.

 Although some clubs still run Windows XP embedded or POSReady2009, please note that the touchscreens we now supply for Tills and PSI are running Windows 7. They are supported by windows and continue to receive security updates. If you would like to speak to your account manager to discuss your upgrade options, please call us on 0345 222 9999 OPT 2.