Besides a Mac, I also have an old Windows XP 32-bit machine, with IE8, on my home network. Since Microsoft stopped supporting WinXP in 2013 for all but commercial versions, I've not used it for Web access, except for keeping Microsoft's 'Security Essentials' (MSE) antivirus utility up-to-date (I gather it's similar to Windows Defender and Microsoft have continued support for MSE under WinXP). I might emphasise that it's my Mac only that I use for browsing the Web and for e-mail. I keep the XP machine purely for running a couple of important third-party apps that can only be run on a Windows machine only.
Clearly, potentially my XP machine is vulnerable to the WannaCrypt attack, and news on Friday that Microsoft had issued an emergency update for not only Windows 8, 9, 10 etc but also for older WinXP users made me search - using my Mac - for where that update might be available. However, the only thing I could find was a link for the required update file (the version needed for WinXP x86) in this:
The link in that blog article (for the required WinXP x86 file), one of many links there for different Windows editions, turned out to be a link to a Microsoft .exe file. (Remember, I was doing this on the Mac). I did nothing with it, incidentally. With many sites spoofed these days, I couldn't be 100% certain that that technet site was totally genuine, though the above URL looks okay, doesn't it?
The wording there seems to say that if you're running either Windows Defender or MSE and it's more up-to-date than v.1.243.297 you're safe; the antivirus will stop the infection from running. My MSE is, right now, v.1.243.338.0, so it rather looks as though my XP machine is covered in that respect. But some of you on these forums seem to be suggesting that that's not the whole story and that in fact the process will be triggered if an antivirus scan is run!
Clearly, I'll feel much safer about the whole thing if I can acquire that special WinXP update just issued by Microsoft and apply it. The problem, however, is that when I now try Windows Update on the XP machine, I just get a browser error page saying that the site cannot be accessed. Possibly, this is because of the IE8 being too out-of-date (as far as I can gather, since Microsoft stopped supporting XP no further IE's were possible for XP users). So, can anyone tell me the URL of the present-day Windows Update website (not the Microsoft Download Centre)? Is there one, as such, any longer?