Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: Are you Infected? Conficker - Downadup worm April Fools may not be a Joke.

Are you Infected? Conficker - Downadup worm April Fools may not be a Joke.

 

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I borrowed my graphic from my last post on a Tech Tip for ActiveRainers or Home Buyers using multiple PCs. It seems to work for this computer security tip as well.

The jury is still out on the latest variants of the Conficker - Downadup worm that's set to go off on April 1, 2009. Still, it has caused Microsoft to offer a $250,000 reward for an arrest of the creators.

CNET seems to think there won't be much of an effect. USA Today calls it dangerous. Panda Security has identified it to a Conficker 'D' variant. Microsoft had put up it's own page for the Conficker 'B' variant. At the very least, it appears to be the largest computer attack in about 10 years. Hopefully it won't disrupt your use of the blogs and other features here at ActiveRain.

So while it's hard to determine what exactly this worm may do, it probably wouldn't hurt to make sure you have the latest Windows Updates, and run a virus scan. If you don't have any antivirus software, in addition to the methods offered in the above article links and from Microsoft, you can also try the free online scans at Trend Micro Housecall, or Bitdefender that also says they have a Conficker Removal Tool
. I haven't had the need to use any of them myself, so I can't say exactly what will or will not work.

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsRoberta LaRocca • March 27 2009 02:42AM

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Thanks for the Tip! I'll be setting up my scans tonight to be safe. Still love your last tip on the input director it works awesome!

Posted by Bob over 9 years ago

Hey Roberta!  I just saw 60 minutes tonight where they spoke about this virus.  That thing is nuts.  I cannot believe how much these virus thingies could do.  It was amazing.  Your post explained it extremely well!  Thank you for the information and the advice.

Posted by Khash Saghafi, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland Ohio (Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation) over 9 years ago

Khash, Glad to help!! Those viruses can be nasty!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Bob, I'm sorry, earlier I somehow missed your comment! Yes it's better to be safe than sorry. Glad you're enjoying input director, I know I am!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

You fogot me? I'm hurt! LOL Ran my scans and came up clean for this bug but did have some other junk that slipped in. Good thing to do that once in a while!

Posted by Bob over 9 years ago

Bob, I hope you can get over it somehow! :) Good that you didn't have it, but the spring cleaning was still a good thing!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

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