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Internet Doomsday, July 9
msnbc techblog ^ | Suzanne Choney

Posted on 07/08/2012 8:24:36 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith

July 9 might be "Internet doomsday" for PC and Mac users who haven't taken steps to make sure their systems are not infected with what's being called DNSChanger malware.

That's right: Your Internet connection may not work that day because the safety net now in place from the FBI against the malware will be removed then, and if your computer is infected, you won't be able to get to the Internet.

(Excerpt) Read more at technolog.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: dnschecker; internet; virus
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I've been out of the loop on this one, but my sister was just telling me about PCs and Macs losing their internet access due to a DNSChanger virus. Apparently, her PC is infected.

First I'm hearing about it, but it seems that it's old news. Anyway, I did a quick search and found an article on the tech blog at MSNBC, that has a link to see if your computer is working ok. Mine came up Green and they didn't try to sell my antivirus software, so I'm feeling reasonably okay here.

Link is to article is here: http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/t...ck-your-736963

1 posted on 07/08/2012 8:24:48 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith
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To: Tanniker Smith

I wonder if BHO’s new July 6th executive order is tied to this matter. Create the perfect crisis.


2 posted on 07/08/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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There’s easily been 10 stories about it on FR and it’s way overblown to start with.

You really want to turn your computer over to the government? Why is the gov’t so worried about this one and not dozens of others?

The gov’t HAS to be installing some kind of malware.


3 posted on 07/08/2012 8:30:53 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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The gov’t HAS to be installing some kind of malware.

I'd love for some tech savvy Freeper to check this out.

But surely somebody has evaluated this?

I'm sure we'd have heard about it by now.

4 posted on 07/08/2012 8:33:26 AM PDT by nascarnation
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So everybody has to log on to a FBI recommended website to check their computer?

I wonder if this is a ruse to gain control of the internet prior to the election?
I think will just sit this one out and see what happens. I can always switch to my backup if it's true.

5 posted on 07/08/2012 8:34:26 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Your character is your fate.....fortune cookie)
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Internet Doomsday, July 9

GOOD!!

I waste too much time there anyway.
6 posted on 07/08/2012 8:41:24 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Tanniker Smith

Is the interweb still okay?


7 posted on 07/08/2012 8:44:59 AM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: nascarnation

http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blogs/dns-changer-much-ado-about-nothing-p-1308

Malware Monday: Much Ado About Nothing

...When authorities arrested the suspects last fall, they reported that more than 4 million computers had been infected by the malware. Today, Greene says, that number is about 250,000 worldwide and falling. As of June 11, DCWG identified fewer than 70,000 computers in the United States infected; by now, Greene says, that figure is much lower.

Think about it: Various estimates place the number of PCs worldwide at between 1 billion and 2 billion. That means the 250,000 or so still-infected computers represent fewer than 2-100ths of a percent (0.02 percent) of all PCs in the world. That’s about the number of PCs a botnet hunter commandeers in a single day, Greene says, adding: “It’s no big deal.”

Greene says there are more serious malware problems users should concern themselves with than DNS Changer, as the “bad guys” - who have an economic incentive to create more malicious viruses - stay three steps ahead of the “good guys” who try to combat them...


8 posted on 07/08/2012 8:46:55 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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OMG. This is Hugh, and Series! Where’s muh stune beeber?


9 posted on 07/08/2012 8:52:37 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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I posted on another thread that MalwareByte's anti-malware, which is not only free but a great product, will take care of the DNSChanger virus/worm/trojan horse. AND.... it has nothing to do with the gub'mint.

Reagan said government is part of the problem. I agree - never trust the government!

10 posted on 07/08/2012 8:55:51 AM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
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If I upgrade from Windows 95 to a newer version, do I still need to go to the link?


11 posted on 07/08/2012 8:56:36 AM PDT by ILS21R (Et tu, Roberts?)
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To: jjotto

http://www.soberinanightclub.com/2010/04/tin-foil-cat-hat.html


12 posted on 07/08/2012 9:02:33 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: jjotto
 
 

13 posted on 07/08/2012 9:03:38 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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Once the FBI shut down the operation, it built a safety net of new servers to redirect traffic from those infected with the virus.

Why would they do that? Is the FBI in the business of running Internet servers?

Like I said on another thread.....I guess I'm slow but I don't understand why anti-virus programs were not just simply updated. If the problem is that you can't update definitions on line why hasn't the fix been on sale at Best Buy for the last 5 years?

14 posted on 07/08/2012 9:06:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: jeffc

ping a ling


15 posted on 07/08/2012 9:23:56 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

If this is to be believed, only the Darwin Award candidates will be affected.


16 posted on 07/08/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ILS21R; lightman; SF_Redux

No; you’re good. Only if you have Win v3.1 or worse.


17 posted on 07/08/2012 9:27:58 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: BenLurkin

The antivirus programs were all updated as soon as it was discovered. The problem, though, is that machines already infected would not be able to update. By setting up the network of servers for infected machines, they enabled users to install and/or update their software.


18 posted on 07/08/2012 9:29:13 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: carriage_hill
No; you’re good. Only if you have Win v3.1 or worse.

It's about time I caught a break.

19 posted on 07/08/2012 9:32:49 AM PDT by ILS21R (Et tu, Roberts?)
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To: ILS21R
LOL. If you're keeping track of BSODs on your calculator, it's probably melted-down by now. (I miss those days...)


20 posted on 07/08/2012 9:56:11 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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