Skip to comments.July 9th, FBI Pulls Plug on Infected PC's (link to self-check)
Posted on 07/06/2012 8:49:36 AM PDT by Stayfree
On Monday, July 9th, the FBI will pull the plug on internet access to hundreds of thousands of computers infected with a malware Trojan known as DNSChanger. Even if your computer is clean, companies that have compromised systems in their network will be taken offline, hindering their ability to do business and possibly breaking their websites, in what many are referring to as Internet Doomsday.
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I’ll take my chances. Thanks anyway.
This story stinks. I cannot understand why anyone who ends up in the ‘Special Servers’ is not send am automatic alert, for those who are completely offline in the critical period there is a different problem.
Can’t help but think this is going to be another Y2K moment....
Or....maybe it’s a scare tactic to get people to go to that link...so they can get your IP and log you in their system?
"WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!"
Is there a checker available from a source other than the FBI?
I'll just sit back and watch a while.
Ain't goin' NOwhere I don't know when I don't know what I'm doin' ..
FBI: “Let’s run a limited test to see how easy it is, and how effective we are, at seizing control of the Internet.”
My advice at present is to not go to the link. Download and run ComboFix (its the second button- blue and not the first button-yellow). http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/
The owner of the website link dcwg.org is Barry Greene, 11692 Westshore Court Cupertino, California. 95014 (Im not going to post his phone # or e-mail address} It was created 04-Nov-2011 19:06:39 UTC.
Most computers ARE infected with some kind of malware. After running ComboFix, which most likely will reboot your PC a few times, give it one more reboot. The download and run Malwarebytes, http://www.malwarebytes.org/ (the download button not the buy button). When one first run it, after its installed and updated, select decline then do a full scan. When its done click on the button on the low right, then fix now.
If you want a really good anti-virus get F-Secure Internet Security, http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/home you can also run their cleanup toll at http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/labs_global/removal/easy-clean.
Self-ping for later investigation.
“... they can get your IP and log you in their system”.
Thank you, Lucky9teen, for posting that comment. I was thinking the same thing but wondered if I had not become so suspicious and jaded that a tinfoil hat wasn’t right for me. The whole story just seems too weird for me with so many questions left unanswered. I think I will take my chances.
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Either way, share how your computer fared in the comments.
Go to an FBI website because I’m advised to? I don’t think so.
Because all the FBI know about these people is their IP address. In order to send them something, they would need a subpoena to get the subscriber name and address, which would have to be requested from the miriad ISP providers no doubt are involved.
Actually it would really be worrying if we got an e-mail or a letter from them...
bump for later
How will the FBI know which pcs are infected?
Follow Lucky9teen’s advice and instructions. That is exactly what I have but I also have Spybot layered in.
I would never go to a government site for their help and advised 3 people this week not to.
I setup their computers the same as mine and they will be fine.
_... for later.
Nice site. I often wondered how my system fared, according to this link they said it was very cool, they couldn’t see it or get at it in any of the tests.
Thanks for the cool link.
FedGov phishing with a gun and a badge.
I'm going to click on a link to a Gubmint sponsored website so they can scan my PC? No thanks.
I am confident that my own machines are disease free and do not need any Federal intrusion to tell me so.
Sometimes my tin foil hat works just fine.
The link is legit, not to say the chicken little complex may be overboard.
Would you respond to it? Anyway, if the FBI wanted to take over everybody's computer, would they have them unknowingly download spyware when they use this self check? If it ever came out that the FBI actually was using it to spy on everybody's internet use , they would be on the hook for it. Don't they have to have a warrant to do that too? Plus, what happens when people get new computers? There's no spyware on the new computer.
BTW, I "checked" my PC and it is (apparently) fine. I did not use the FBI link. Too creepy.
Agree that it seems like a test run to take over the entire internet for "national security" reasons.
Eh, it’s paranoia. I’ve used the link to check all of my machines, both when it first was posted several months ago and again in the past few days to be sure nothing slipped by in the meanwhile.
Before you get too worked up, ask yourself precisely what it is that you’re afraid of being “logged” for in this case. Absolutely no matter how you examine the issue, I’m finding it impossible to find even one way that checking could be taken as a concession you did something wrong.
Even the best combination of security software could potentially miss something. Caution and prudence are never bad ideas.