Check for malware DNSChanger now!
Every Windows and Macintosh computer in the world is at risk of losing Internet service on Monday, July 9, 2012. Sound serious? It is. In November 2011, police arrested six individuals in Estonia who are responsible for infecting millions of Windows and Mac computers around the world belonging to individuals, companies and government agencies (including the U.S. government!) with DNSChanger, a Trojan (malware). Once the malware is in place, the infected computer's Network control panel will only let its user connect to a rogue network of DNS servers that continually misdirect any browser activity to real-looking, commercial web sites that try to sell the user bogus goods and extract bogus fees. The reason for Monday's Internet doomsday is that, although the thieves are caught and shut down as an effective ring, the FBI obtained a court order to replace the offending DNS servers with FBI-controlled servers. This was done to allow time for an effective solution to be put in place for the online world. Now the time has come to make sure you are not one of the nearly half million who are estimated to still be infected by checking for the presence of the malware.

How to check

It's easy enough to do: just click the image below with the pastel-colored weebles and the letters 'IP' in a blue circle. If you are NOT infected, you will see a web site with the same image on a green background and there will be a message stating that your computer is in the clear. Expect to see that image on a red background if there is a problem.

If your computer is not infected, there is still a chance of infection if you have a home network with a router, because routers can be infected as well as computers.

What to do

First, click the image above to see if your computer is infected. If there is a problem with your computer, it can be corrected by running a malware scan. Don't forget to update your anti-malware's database before running the complete system scan. The only way to check a router for the malware, is to examine the DNS Server List in the router's set up program. The correct server addresses can be entered manually there. Call John if you need help with this. If you got this message too late and your Internet service has gone south, please call John.
July 7, 2012

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