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  1. chefshawna

    chefshawna Advanced Member Gold Member

    O.k. my computer literate friends out there, should we all shut down our computers and stay off of them tomorrow? What is the real threat from the Russian hackers?? I don't know a lot about this worm, just a little that I read on CBS.com and what my sister has told me, but I am wondering if it is a big thread? I didn't see a threat about this anywhere, so I hope this isn't a duplicate! Thanks!!
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2009
    Mar 31, 2009
  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Makes me glad I bought my Mac!
    Mar 31, 2009
  3. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    Well, the facts are, no one really knows.

    The Conficker virus has been around since November and just how many machines are infected is unknown. Infected systems tend to "call home" to the hackers who placed the virus, who can then steal personal info from that system.

    You can read more about it at Conficker on snopes.com.
  4. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

    I heard shutting down your computer and leaving it off till April 2nd will NOT make a diff.

    Also, unplugging your PC won't make a diff if it is already on your system. I guess we cross our fingers that everything's ok.
    Mar 31, 2009
  5. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    I was thinking the same thing!
    Mar 31, 2009
  6. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    PC Magazine says...

    The worm weasels into computer systems through a Windows vulnerability that was patched last October, and once in place it interferes with the Windows Update system, to protect itself. So, verify that your system is up to date. XP users should launch Internet Explorer (no other browser will do), visit Microsoft Windows Update, and click the "Review your update history" link. Vista users should launch Windows Update from the Start menu and click the "View update history" link. In particular, you want to see KB958644 in the list—that's Conficker's entry point. If your latest update is any older than March 2009, that's not good. Go back to the main Windows Update page and install all critical and security updates.
  7. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

    They were talking about this on FOX news today and said that it's potentially laying dormant on over 14 million computers!!!!!! SCARY!!!
    Mar 31, 2009
  8. pampered1224

    pampered1224 Legacy Member Silver Member

    Make sure that before mid-night tonight that you do 4 things. When running Windows operating systems, go to the systems programs and set a restore date for TODAY 3/31/09. This way you can at least try to back date your computer which can remove a virus the easy way. Then you must go to Windows Update and see if there are any updates needed for your computer. Only choose the necessary ones. These are usually security type updates that help your system resist viruses. Second and more importantly, make sure your security program is updated as well. Whether you run Norton, McAfee or any of those anti-virus programs, make sure you have the most recent updates for them. The fixes for this were put out by most of the anti-virus program issuers as early as mid-December so... But don't take a chance. Then if you also have a separate firewall, check that as well. I work in IT and we spent the entire day updating our anti-virus programs and firewall programs on 27 servers. There is no such thing as updating those programs to much!
    1) set a system restore date TODAY for 3/31/09
    2) Run Windows Update
    3) Run and update on your security program
    4) Run an update on your firewall if you have one.
    Mar 31, 2009
  9. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

    And John, they set their restore date to today...how?

  10. candiejayne

    candiejayne Veteran Member

    I guess it's one of those things, if it happens, it happens, but I'm backing up my P3 off of my computer tonight! My photos too! eeekkk... I hope this is an April Fool's Day hoax!
    Mar 31, 2009
  11. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    Thank goodness I have a mac!
    But on the news tonight, they said to try to go to a site like symantec.com or windows.com (like you're going to get an update). If you cannot log on to those sites, you probably have the virus on your PC- because it doesn't WANT you to get the protection and won't let you.

    Here is what one article on the news said: (source for this article is here)
    (on the TV spot, they gave an alternate website to go to for an update- if you couldn't get to microsoft or a virus site like symantic)

    Lots of computer worms disable antivirus software outright, which can be a tip-off that something is wrong. But Conficker doesn't do that. Instead, Conficker blocks infected PCs from accessing the antivirus vendors' and Microsoft's Web sites, so victims won't get automatic updates and can't download the Conficker removal tools that those companies have developed.

    So see what Web sites you can visit. If you can navigate the Internet freely except for sites owned by Microsoft or antivirus vendors such as Symantec Corp., McAfee Inc. or F-Secure Corp., your PC might have Conficker or a similar bug.

    Fixing the problem gets a little trickier.

    The best remedy is to have a friend - whose computer is not infected - download a removal tool from Microsoft or one of the antivirus vendors. Then that person should e-mail the tool to you.

    A list of the free Conficker removal programs is available on the Web site of the Conficker Working Group, an alliance of companies fighting the worm. The removal programs will take care of themselves, for the most part, scanning your system and purging the worm.

    One thing to note: Conficker blocks infected machines from running removal tools with "Conficker" in the name. So users might have to change the name of the file (one you've saved the tool to your desktop, right-click on it and select "rename") before running it. The program's instructions will let you know if you need to do this. Many antivirus vendors have already changed the names in their removal tools - in some cases calling the file a misspelled variant of "Conficker" - to trick the worm into letting the program run.
    Mar 31, 2009
  12. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Senior Member Gold Member

    OK - so I'm just reading this & can't get to those websites. So, I guess that means that our pc has this virus. Is there anything I can do now to get rid of it or am I totally screwed?

    Why is it that admitting this is like admitting you have an std? :eek:
  13. chefshawna

    chefshawna Advanced Member Gold Member

    O.k., I have that in my update history and my last update was March 18, 2009, so I guess I'm o.k. Thanks for all the help!!!
    Apr 1, 2009
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