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How to Avoid an Unwanted Vacation From the Internet
Posted on Jul 7, 2012
For perhaps 64,000 computers in the United States and 300,000 worldwide, the Internet will go dead starting Monday. The story is rather complicated, but at its bottom is a piece of devilment named the DNS Changer Trojan. Here you can find out if your Internet connection is set up for a KO punch and, if so, what you can do to sidestep it.
First, let’s put the problem in perspective. According to one source, there are more than 1 billion computers in the world—which means the odds against being infected are vastly in your favor.
Now some facts about the villain of this piece. The DNS Changer is nothing new—it has been around since 2007—but compromised computers will not lose the Internet until Monday. We’ve assembled some articles here that offer details.
The Los Angeles Times on Saturday wrote about the malware, and PC Magazine also has shed some light (click on “Read more” to see the entire PC Mag article).
Here’s ABC News’ take:
You can quickly and easily find out if your computer has been hit by the DNS Changer by clicking here. Green means your computer is clear, red signifies it is infected.
If you get red, don’t panic. There are ways to restore your computer to the right condition, some of them offered by the DNS Changer Working Group, which has put out a comprehensive guide to show you how to “fix, remove, and recover.” But don’t expect a quick cure in every case. Good luck.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom
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