Important Information About Malware Threat

Recently, a worldwide cyber-attack known as WannaCry Ransomware has affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. This malware is expected to make further attacks across the world in the coming week.

In order to protect your workstation from this attack, CaTS is requiring a full shut down and restart of all Windows PC machines.

What is the Threat?

Data stored on your computer could be deleted if affected by this attack. A security patch released by Microsoft this past March protects your workstation from being compromised when installed. To install this patch, follow the action steps below.

Actions Needed:

Perform a full Shut Down of your computer before powering it back on. A Restart or Log Off will not accomplish the patching process.
If you see messages referring to updating your computer after initiating the Shut Down, let the update finish. Do not unplug or hold down the power button as it could cause file corruption.
Once the computer fully shuts down it is safe to turn the computer back on for use.
Public computers in labs and classrooms are also at risk and should be shut down. If you manage any public computers, please perform the steps above to those machines as well.


If you have any questions, issues, or receive a notice saying an update failed to install, contact the CaTS Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 for assistance.