Interestingly, it doesn't even try to attack Windows 10, focusing solely on Windows 7/8 and earlier operating systems that are still vulnerable to the attack.
You can use Windows Explorer to find the proper folder if you’re unsure.
If the icons are files, not shortcuts, then Windows has forgotten what program is used to hand the files.
On newer versions like Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10, the March update tagged MS17-010 addresses the vulnerability it's exploiting (that was revealed earlier this year by "The Shadow Brokers" when they leaked a stolen cache of NSA tools).
While it's not confirmed how the initial infections occurred, it's believed the trojan horse was spread by email phishing links that drop the "Eternal Blue" exploit released by The Shadow Brokers, as well as the Wanna Crypt malware variant.
This probably won't work across the internet for PCs behind a firewall or router, but if a server is connected directly to the internet, or a PC is on the same network as an infected computer, it can spread quickly -- which is exactly what happened yesterday.
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We wouldn't count on the NSA or other agencies heeding the call, but Microsoft clearly wants to make its frustrations heard.
An additional blog post explains Microsoft's analysis of how the malware spreads.
Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it's delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS.
As described in a post on its Windows Security blog, it's taking this "highly unusual" step after customers worldwide including England's National Health Service suffered a hit from "Wanna Crypt" ransomware.
At this time there are no plans to end-of-life product support for Windows XP.