Conficker 2.0 worm set to strike
R. Colin Johnson EE Times (03/31/2009 3:39 PM EDT)
PORTLAND, Ore. Malware known as Conficker 2.0 (win32/conficker2.A-D)is poised to strike on Wednesday, April Fools Day, security experts warn. Conficker is a malicious worm that has so far infected 9 million Windows-based PCs since it was a first detected in October 2000.
Experts are unsure whether Conficker will simply display a harmless April Fools Day message or, for example, begin harvesting PC user names and passwords or even erase hard disks. Security experts advise that Windows PC users run their virus-scanning software today (March 31) to ensure they have downloaded and installed all the latest security system updates from Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx.
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Since: Dec 07
#1 Apr 1, 2009
Conficker.c is an aggressive program transmitted through use of the internet, which is thought to have infected 5-10 million computers. While it is unclear what the program plans to do on April 1, it will essentially take control of every infected machine to do its bidding.
How can you tell if your computer is infected? Check for these signs:
Rusty, foul smell
Tower is cold to the touch, no matter how long your computer has been running
Hard drive continually makes a low, moaning sound
Screen begins to yellow and go out-of-focus
A Google search page for “BBBBRRRAAAAIIINNNNSSSS!!!” keeps popping up
If your computer has two or more of these symptoms, it is probably infected! So what do you do?
Greg Marin, Director of Paranormal Technology Studies at MIT, said,“Go directly to Microsoft.com and download their Emergency Patch.
The software will attempt to clean out the infection and restore the computer to its original state. However, most machines are too far-gone at this point and will need other intervention.”
Professor Marin suggested that first, you take the computer to whatever place of worship you attend, so that it can be placed on holy ground.
Then, empty out a Windex bottle and fill it with blessed water.
Open the back of your tower and spray the insides until it is thoroughly coated. Wait until it has fully dried before plugging the tower back in.
Finally, detach the monitor, take it outside and smash it apart with a baseball bat, tire wrench, or whatever blunt object you may have lying around.
Wait seven days and then buy a new monitor. Your PC should be in the clear!
When asked what laptop owners should do, Professor Marin merely shook his head.“I’m afraid all is lost,” he whispered.
Since: Dec 07
#2 Apr 1, 2009
But by now, only Mac users will be able to view, access, or upload a 'patch'.
No, seriously... go to NY Times link from last January for indepth, layman's story:
#3 Apr 1, 2009
Ha, before my Daughter decided to pump out babies like a clown car, she worked a phone support help desk for a software company. They had a saying at the office.
"If the caller just won't listen, can't perform the simple tasks you instruct, and no matter what you try, you just can't get thru. Ask him/her if they still have the box they bought the computer in. When they say yes, tell them to turn off the comp, unplug everything, repackage it in the box, take it back to where you bought it, turn it in and go home."
Since: Dec 07
#4 Apr 2, 2009
Love it! Typical Tek! "Ctrl Alt Delete"
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