PC users should be on the lookout for "Conficker" worm

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 25, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- It could be the world's biggest April Fool's joke, or it may end up being a technology nightmare. Computer experts at Microsoft are warning of a possible virus attack on April 1st that could severely damage your computer, steal your identity and spread to other unsuspecting computers without your knowledge.

It's called "Conficker" and it's no April Fools' prank; it's been hitting PCs since last Octobe,r targeting Microsoft Windows users.

It is estimated that at least 3 million windows personal computers worldwide have already been infected with the malicious software and possibly as many as 15 million. It is anticipated that on next Wednesday - April Fool's Day - the millions of already infected computers will be begins spreading spam, stealing personal data or carrying out online scams.

Here's the catch - Conficker requires no action on the part of the PC user to spread. The program automatically turns off various security settings built into Microsoft Windows. It seems to block users from going to major web sites that provide anti-virus protection.

The only good news is the program does not infect Macintosh or Linux-based computers.

At this moment, security groups at Microsoft are doing all they can to stop it and have even offered a a half a million dollar reward. But in the meantime,
It is possible to detect and remove Conficker using commercial anti-virus tools or software offered by many companies.

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  • by confused Location: aiken on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    what the hell are you people talking bout
  • by The Wagon Wheel Location: Pheonix, Arizona on Mar 25, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    A Pioneer strolled down the highway. As he approached a cliff, his wagon wheel fell off. He had gone around town to find a spare. There just was no gas station to do the job. He just sighed- Tire Kingdom may have it. He traveled past skyscraper-sized aisles, yet, no sign of a wagon wheel between the millions of shapes and sizes. After days of search, to weeks, and even months he yelled- Where can I buy spare wagon wheels! An elderly lady clearly stated there were plenty at her antique shop. The pioneer looks at the available wagon wheels, so old and worn out, and yet the price was over a thousand dollars.
  • by Sing Song Location: Sing-aong, U.S.A on Mar 25, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    I have a way!I have a way! Down by the bay-Down by the Bay! OOOOOO I'm not no play, I wanna jus' say.... I really got no way! I really got no way! Happy April Fools!
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