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Happy April Fools Day from the Conficker Virus

Tomorrow, April 1, 2009 the well publicized Conficker virus is supposed to start working it’s magic on infected PC’s all over the world. Supposedly the virus has been laying dormant until tomorrow.

This Conficker C virus was first detected in November, 2008 and reported to Microsoft. Microsoft’s response is basically that everyone running Windows software needs to make sure their particular version of Microsoft Windows is up to date with the current service updates, critical updates, patches, and security updates. Along with this, you’ll need to make sure that you have up to date anti-virus software. Taking these preventive steps should make you OK.

Well, what does the Conficker virus do exactly? When executed on a computer, Conficker disables a number of system services like Windows Automatic Updates, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender and Windows Error Reporting. Hope this isn’t happening on your PC!

The virus receives instructions on what to do to your PC when it connects to a web server. The instructions it receives from the hacker pulling the strings may include gathering personal information, logging key strokes, gathering passwords, etc. and to download and install additional malware onto the victim’s computer. The virus also attaches itself to certain Windows processes such as svchost.exe, explorer.exe and services.exe. Yikes!!

If you suspect that you have the Conficker virus already, you can scan your PC for free courtesy of Microsoft. If you find that you aren’t able to visit the Microsoft website (the virus may prevent you from trying to get rid of it) boot up your computer in safe mode and run the free scan from Microsoft One Care. You can also visit Symantec and Trend Micro and download versions of their Conficker virus cleaners from a non-infected PC.

Whether you think you will be affected by this virus or not, make a back up of your important data files tonight….just in case!



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March 31st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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