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Warning: your Internet may not work on Monday (how to detect and fix malware infection)

Posted on 07/07/2012 6:55:17 AM PDT by Innovative

An estimated 300,000 computers, most of them in the United States, Italy and India, could be infected and lose their Internet service, Queen's University associate professor Thomas Dean said Friday.

Dean said Canadians can go to www.dcwg.org to check if their computers are infected and take appropriate measures.

If computers have been infected due to the scam, they haven't been able to perform anti-virus software or system updates, leaving them vulnerable to other malware, said Dean, who teaches in Queen's University's department of electrical and computer engineering.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; computers; dnnnnschanger; dns; dnschanger; hoax; internet; internetvirus; linux; malware; notbreakingnews; scam; vanity
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If you are infected you will lose internet connectivity on Mon.

To check for infection and fix it, go to:

http://www.dcwg.org/

There are other articles on the subject also, I just picked this one because it had a more attention getting title. Here is another one with more technical detail, but all you need is the link above.

How to detect and fix a machine infected with DNSChanger. The FBI will be closing the DNSChanger network on Monday, after which thousands worldwide are expected to no longer be able to access the Internet.

1 posted on 07/07/2012 6:55:24 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Admin Moderator

Link to original article:

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Warning+your+Internet+work+Monday/6899081/story.html

Sorry — I seem to have forgotten to enter it.

Also, it’s from the Vancouver Sun.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 6:59:23 AM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative

“Sorry — I seem to have forgotten to enter it.

Also, it’s from the Vancouver Sun.”
**

I wouldn’t link to that POS anti-American “newspaper” if I were you. I know, I lived there..


3 posted on 07/07/2012 7:12:47 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: max americana

My computer sez not confgured to run on a rouge network. I guess that is good, right?


4 posted on 07/07/2012 7:15:36 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Innovative

Call me crazy, but I’ll take my chances rather than go to any site that has any connection to our government.


5 posted on 07/07/2012 7:20:24 AM PDT by Josephat (`)
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To: Innovative

...they haven’t been able to perform anti-virus software or system updates...


Haha..jokes on them I don’t have any of that.

Actually, I back everything up. I don’t worry about my $150 used laptop getting damaged.


6 posted on 07/07/2012 7:25:51 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Innovative
Just go to www.dns-ok.us

That should put your mind at rest.

7 posted on 07/07/2012 7:29:36 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: Innovative
Monday
8 posted on 07/07/2012 7:30:10 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Innovative
To check for infection and fix it, go to:

And just how much do they charge your credit card for this "service", fixing something they created as a money maker?

9 posted on 07/07/2012 7:31:43 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of LibertyI'm st! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Josephat

Like they aren’t watching you already. Haven’t you seen those black helicopters hanging around your house?


10 posted on 07/07/2012 7:33:08 AM PDT by Cherokee Conservative (If a tree falls over in the woods, and then snaps back upright as a joke, do the squirrels laugh?)
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To: JimRed

There is NO CHARGE.

If you are infected, you WILL LOSE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY on Monday.

And you can’t get it back until you remove the malware, which will be hard if you can’t get to the internet to get instructions.


11 posted on 07/07/2012 7:36:18 AM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative
Are Your DNS Settings OK?

The malicious Rove viruses changed some peoples DNS settings to use computers they operated.

Compare your DNS settings with the known malicious Rove DNS settings listed below:

As in "Rove, you magnificent b@$t@rd"?

12 posted on 07/07/2012 7:38:00 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of LibertyI'm st! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: max americana

Do you prefer the Washington Post?

Computer virus could disrupt Internet access for some users next week

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/computer-virus-could-disrupt-internet-access-for-some-users-next-week/2012/07/06/gJQAJFEhRW_story.html


13 posted on 07/07/2012 7:40:30 AM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative

So, are cell phones with internet magically immune?


14 posted on 07/07/2012 7:45:23 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Josephat

You do realize of course that the back bone of the internet runs through government servers and literally every single thing you do on the internet goes through a connection to our government right?


15 posted on 07/07/2012 7:45:32 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Innovative

Thanks. I’m a suspicious SOB who believes in life at hard labor for hackers and virus creators. After I get to kick their butts, that is!

Checked it, got a green screen.


16 posted on 07/07/2012 7:46:01 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of LibertyI'm st! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Yorlik803
My computer sez not confgured to run on a rouge network.
How about green, yellow or blue? :)
17 posted on 07/07/2012 7:51:18 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Innovative; Admin Moderator

This story has been waaaaay over-hyped. It certainly shouldn’t be wasting a BREAKING NEWS slot on FR. It’s a very small number of machines, I’ve seen estimates of as few as 25,000 — mostly Canadian. And frankly you should be glad if this does happen because it forces you to attend to a serious malware problem that your computer is infected with. But the small number of computers this affects doesn’t justify the sensational stories the media have been whipping up.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 8:00:49 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Innovative
My computer passed the "OK" check but the response went on to talk about possible other problems to do with high speed connections such as those used by small and home offices (SOHO).

"The DNSChanger malware is capable of changing the DNS server settings within SOHO routers that have the default username and password provided by the manufacturer."

The crack technical support at my DSL provider knows nothing beyond passing me quotes from the document that already have.

What is a SOHO to do? What user name and password are they talking about?

19 posted on 07/07/2012 8:20:31 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Yorlik803

“My computer sez not confgured to run on a rouge network.”

Ah! But is it configured to run on a lipstick network?


20 posted on 07/07/2012 8:27:47 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Cherokee Conservative

I don’t think they use those anymore. They have new and improved models.


21 posted on 07/07/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT by Josephat (`)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Every router has an admin utility that you can access from your web browser by typing its IP into the URL window. To find the router's IP: 1. Open a command prompt. 2. Type "ipconfig" and press . 3. Look for the line that says "default gateway". The set of numbers that follows will be the IP address of the router. After typing this address into the browser, you will be prompted for a username and password.
22 posted on 07/07/2012 9:00:48 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: oh8eleven

LOL. I knew i wasn’t the only one who caught that.


23 posted on 07/07/2012 9:05:42 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thank you.


24 posted on 07/07/2012 9:17:41 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Josephat
Call me crazy, but I’ll take my chances rather than go to any site that has any connection to our government.

The way I see it is that my 'puter is not likely infected and would very likely be if I went to go to any government (or even sponsored) site to have "them" check my hard drive!!! Du'oh!! I believe my odds would be better hitting the lottery jackpot than having a that malware virus!

25 posted on 07/07/2012 10:07:56 AM PDT by Ron H. (Obama, America's public enemy #1.)
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To: Cherokee Conservative
Like they aren’t watching you already. Haven’t you seen those black helicopters hanging around your house?

Black?? And all this time I was thinking they looked dark green, in fact olive drab green.

26 posted on 07/07/2012 10:10:45 AM PDT by Ron H. (Obama, America's public enemy #1.)
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To: Ron H.

If the US had anything short of the schemer that now sits in the White Hut I’d say don’t worry, that normal accountability mechanisms mean they would not dare pull any hanky panky.

But with this I’d be surprised if my machine did not, at the least, get totally populated with pop up ads for The Won.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 10:11:40 AM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: Innovative
I refuse to visit some site that will basically take a snapshot of my configuration, software, and any websites I have visited, just because they are trying to scare me with some virus warning.

This scare is some invention of someone who wants access to our machines. How do you know they aren't downloading spyware to your machine when you click on the link?

28 posted on 07/07/2012 12:07:33 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Josephat
Call me crazy, but I’ll take my chances rather than go to any site that has any connection to our government.

DING DING DING !!! WE HAVE A WINNER !!!

29 posted on 07/07/2012 12:10:03 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat

From the page where you can check to see if you are infected:

http://www.dcwg.org/?page_id=381

“For example, the http://www.dns-ok.us/ will state if you are or are not infected (see below).

- No Software is Downloaded! The tools do not need to to load any software on your computer to perform the check.

- No changes are performed on your computer! Nothing is changed on your computer when you use sites like http://www.dns-ok.us/.

- No scanning! The “are you infected with DNS Changer” tool does not need to scan your computer.”


30 posted on 07/07/2012 12:51:47 PM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative
To check for infection and fix it, go to:

Did you try it and see if that's where you get the infection?

31 posted on 07/07/2012 1:25:59 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

That’s a lefit site.


32 posted on 07/07/2012 1:28:30 PM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: Innovative
Sure, if the government said it, I should believe it. Just like I should believe this:

"If you already have insurance, the only thing that will change under my plan is that we will lower premiums. If you don't have health insurance, you'll be able to get the same kind of health insurance Members of Congress get for themselves."

-Barack Obama, 26 October 2008-

33 posted on 07/07/2012 1:55:49 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Innovative

bflr


34 posted on 07/07/2012 2:01:17 PM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Innovative
Or...

You could just DL Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (for free) and it will take care of it. I run it at least a couple of times a month (I never set anything for auto-run/DL) along with my Avira AV.

35 posted on 07/07/2012 2:37:14 PM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Haha....Listen, My Ac broke and it about 90 in here. I was blinded by the sweat pouring into my eyes.


36 posted on 07/07/2012 3:12:50 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Leep

You are just so right, so absolutely, brilliantly, right.

Sometimes we lose sight of all that.

I recently had a virus, nasty thing peo’d me more than anything. All searches I did it would take me to THEIR page, middle of night Mexican music started playing, took up 95% of my system resources. Dealt with it for three months, got to know it, got to hate it.

I have 2 computers, little cheapie laptop thingies. Bought Microsoft office, actually paid money. Both computers installed. Had Excel, Word, One Note...an office organizer program.

I didn’t want to take the thing to a computer tech for the cost involved to fix the virus. I’m there, where anything pretty much over $50 wasn’t worth it for the value of the computer. It was a very difficult virus to get rid of, attached itself to some unimportant Windows program...PING, it was called.

The only thing stopped me from completely clearing the hard drive was concern about my Excel programs and all that. Oh I could re-install them and all my other little programs I’d put on that thing over the years but I just was wary about going there.

One day, sick of that awful, awful thing hijacking my computer and wondering why this wasn’t against the law, I just....poof....found a command...something to the effect...”restore computer to the state it was in when you bought it.”

Heh.

I hit that button and never looked back.

Now I can put Excel and all that stuff back on but you know what? This was just an extra computer in my bedroom that I could sit and type in at night. I didn’t need Excel or Word and all that on it. And whatever I’d put on it over the years wasn’t that important cause I’m not missing anything.

If I need to remember something and at the bedroom computer, I don’t need One Note. I just type it in an email TO MYSELF!

Pick it up on the kitchen laptap next day where I have my organizer program.

Point is, I suspect that lots of times we have computers only for the Internet. That computer in the bedroom was part of a network with the kitchen computer and they could “talk” to each other. I thought I was so cool you turned to ice stand next to me.

I didn’t need all that on the bedroom computer and now, any virus I get...boom, I’m wiping the hard drive on it.

To end, you should smile, husband buys me a hard drive backup thing and it’s great. I just backup drive C on both computers.

Only cost around $60 bucks, don’t need no intrusive virus protection system that always starts when I least want it...slowing stuff down.

I’ll just restore from this hard drive, backed up once a week cause this is no General Motors here, just a household that last week’s backup would do just fine.

Got Photobucket for my pics, got my Blog for my thoughts.

We sometimes make life more difficult than it need ought to be.

So we can be cool.


37 posted on 07/07/2012 4:49:24 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Innovative

What if you just don’t turn your computer on this Monday. Will that prevent your computer from being affected?


38 posted on 07/07/2012 4:49:57 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I have Norton 360 protection. Will it protect me against this virus? Does anyone know?


39 posted on 07/07/2012 5:50:45 PM PDT by itssme
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To: pistolpackinpapa

If you are infected, you won’t be able to access the internet any time AFTER July 9.

It’s simple enough to check and make sure, while you can still fix it by reading the instructions off the internet.


40 posted on 07/07/2012 6:19:47 PM PDT by Innovative (None are so blind that will not see.)
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To: itssme

Norton probably already protected your system a long time ago.


41 posted on 07/07/2012 6:26:37 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Ron H.

The ones near my house are black.


42 posted on 07/07/2012 8:39:15 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: Fishtalk

We sometimes make life more difficult than it need ought to be.


Live and learn. Life is mostly simple disguised as complicated.


43 posted on 07/08/2012 6:05:26 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Innovative

Y2.1k ?


44 posted on 07/08/2012 6:12:29 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Innovative

Y2.1k ?


45 posted on 07/08/2012 6:12:45 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

LOL. You guys crack me up.


46 posted on 07/08/2012 8:04:36 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Cherokee Conservative

“Haven’t you seen those black helicopters hanging around your house?”


Ha...I thought it was just me..Ha on me!


47 posted on 07/08/2012 10:43:17 AM PDT by hummingbird (Breitbart and Spartacus: here, there, everywhere.)
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To: discostu
You do realize of course that the back bone of the internet runs through government servers and literally every single thing you do on the internet goes through a connection to our government right?

Maybe on TV, but not in the real world.

48 posted on 07/08/2012 1:03:38 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: Innovative

I’m good. Just so everyone knows.


49 posted on 07/08/2012 3:31:10 PM PDT by ecomcon
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Thanks for the link ( www.dns-ok.us )!

I got a green color (not red) does that mean I’m all set for whatever happens monday?


50 posted on 07/08/2012 3:48:09 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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