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INTERNET MALWARE VIRUS ---JULY 9
Posted 7/8/12
SAN DIEGO -- You may have seen stories in the news recently regarding a computer virus that is reported to threaten your access to the internet beginning July 9. This virus has a name: "DNS Changer."


The DNS (Domain Name Services) Changer is a trojan virus that modifies your PC settings without your knowledge in order to divert you to a malicious website. The fake websites increase the number of web-hits which translates to trumped-up advertising revenue for the malicious website. Sneaky, ingenious, but very illegal.
This virus isn't much different than any other; the exception in this case is that the FBI caught and arrested those responsible. The FBI is now in control of the hacker's website and will shut down the hacker site on July 9, 2012. For those computers that have been infected with the virus, the computer will show an error message when trying to access the internet starting on July 9.
The number of computers worldwide that are actually infected is very small, yet this case is drawing lots of attention and a somewhat panicked reaction. Since it is drawing so much media attention, we thought it would be helpful to clear up any misconceptions, and provide helpful information for you to check the computer systems you use.
Some Reassurance
For starters, there are very few computers, compared to the number in use world-wide, that will actually be infected. It is possible that if anti-virus files are not or were not updated on a timely basis, that a small number of computers at a specific location could be affected. Most of the vulnerability will involve home PCs that are not regularly using or updating anti-virus software.
What Does All This Mean In English? I Am Not A techie!
OK, you try to use your computer (a Windows PC, a Macintosh, etc.) on July 9 and you can't get to the internet. Everything else with your computer seems to work, but you can no longer browse websites on the internet! You might be infected with this virus.
What Do I Do?
You can take action now to check your system. It is highly recommend that you be proactive and go to the link listed below. It's supported by the FBI and is legitimate. It will help you identify if you have been infected. Be forewarned, if you wait until July 9 and you have an issue, you will not be able to access these sites listed on this page.
Click here to access this site (or copy and paste into your browser): http://www.dns-ok.us. It is a very busy site as you can imagine, so you may need to try it a few times. If the background turns up green, then you do not have this virus and you are fine.
OMG! The Background Is Red. Now What?
First and foremost, don't panic. Everyone hates viruses but they happen to the best of us; it'll be OK.
Here's what you do: it is recommended to install a reputable anti-virus software and attempt to clean the system.
The link listed below will provide you with access to numerous reputable sites with tested remedies to this virus. Select the link that your anti-virus provider uses (you do have anti-virus software, right?) and follow the instructions. If you're not a do-it yourselfer, there are quite a few good companies that will do this for you. http://www.dcwg.org/fix/
What About My Smartphone or Tablet (e.g., iPhone, iPad, Droid, etc.)?
These devices are not expected to be impacted by this threat. The internet is a great place to work and play, but we need to be careful. The most effective protection is YOU. By making sound decisions and taking a few precautions, you can make your professional and personal internet experience both safe and enjoyable.
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Yikes. Well, I better make sure that my anti-virus is up to date and run a full system scan.

Not always do I pay attention to the news; I never knew about this. Many thanks, fellow CR member.
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just read this on yahoo. i'm safe lol
Posted 7/8/12
omg reading shit like this makes me paranoid about computers im running a virus scan now
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Yeah, apparently it only happens if you're logged off your computer after midnight. At least that's what I read off MSN. My first thought was, "Thank God I lack sleep and stay up far past midnight!"

But really, I'm scared for life. One of the many cons I hate about the Internet...
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I'm scared now. D:
My laptop is brand new, and I've only had it for a month.
I have McAffee anti-virus program, so if I run a scan, I shall be fine, right?
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I already lost my laptop to a virus twice. I hate this kind of news
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thanks :]
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If this stuff freaks you out easily... I suggest reading The Hackers Quarterly from your local bookstore like Barnes and Nobles... It looks something like this on the shelves:



now THIS will simply destroy a paranoid person...
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Pretty much if you keep your Anti-Malware programs up-to-date and check/scan your computer for malware every so often, you'll be fine. Just to be safe though, I checked to see if my computer was fine and had no problems.
Posted 7/8/12
2600 is always a fun read
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Love 2600. I'm a subscriber
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Ah, my dad showed me this, and he's pretty sure his office computer or one of the others there is infected.

Thank you, for being a good netizen OP.
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My netbook got infected with this virus a few months ago, I had I reboot it, losing all my files and programs.
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