Don’t skip over this post. The worm plaguing computers today is called Conficker C and it has security experts around the world struggling to prevent it from wrecking havoc come April 1st. Your computer may very well be infected.
Background Information on the Conficker C Worm
The Conficker worm, also known as Conficker C, Downup, Downadup and Kido, popped up last November and has been estimated to infect up to 15,000,000 computers by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows Server service. Yes, that was fifteen million computers. The creators of this worm will be able to retain full control over every computer affected. It has been one of the fastest spreading worms the Internet has ever seen. Currently, the virus hasn’t initiated any attacks but the real show is set to begin on April 1st when the first set of instructions will be downloaded by the worm.
Why Should You Be Worried?
Well for starters, no one knows exactly what the hell this thing does. There have been guesses, but no one has been able to figure it out. Microsoft has put up a $250,000 reward for anyone who can provide any information as to what the worm will do and how to stop it. It has left leading security experts the world over left scratching their heads in bewilderment.
Some theories as to what the worm will do have been downright scary. The leading theories are that Conficker C could possibly use every computer to initiate denial of service attacks, steal personal and private information (ie. credit card or social security numbers), completely erase hard drives and delete every file on the infected computer, or do something as simple as initiate hundreds of spam pop-ups like traditional malware. The point is that no one quite knows yet and we won’t find out until April 1st.
How to Protect Yourself from the Conficker C Worm
If you think you might be infected or even want to take safety precautions, run any or all of the following tools. If any of these websites appears to be down, you might be infected. Move on to the next one until you find a working site. Microsoft Windows Live OneCare safety scanner. Kaspersky’s KKiller. Remove Downadup (aka Conficker or Kido) by BDTools.net.
Use the following tips to ensure that you are fully protected from not just Conficker C, but any other virus or form of malware out there today.
- Update or Install an Antivirus Scanner – I use and personally recommend that you use Kaspersky Anti-Virus Products. Kaspersky has been leading the way in terms of online protection and their security software is the best on the market today. Delete your free copy of McAfee and uninstalled your outdated Norton anti-virus and install a Kaspersky product today.
- Perform a full system scan with a Malware Scanner – Malwarebytes provides free software that will eliminate any spyware or malware on your computer. If you’re getting random popups or your computer has slowed down considerably, click here and download the free version of Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware. A scan will take roughly 15-20 minutes and will eliminate any form of malware or spyware on your computer.
- Perform a Windows Update – You can run this right now. Click on the Start Menu, then go to programs, and at the top of that list click on the Windows Update icon and follow the instructions on the window that pops up. You will download any available updates, further protecting you from any potential attacks.
Spend the next 10 or 15 minutes making sure your computer is properly secure. Trust me, it will be worth your while.