Check for malware DNSChanger now!
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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