Skip to comments.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.
To check for infection and fix it, go to:
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.
Link to original article:
Sorry — I seem to have forgotten to enter it.
Also, it’s from the Vancouver Sun.
“Sorry I seem to have forgotten to enter it.
Also, its from the Vancouver Sun.”
I wouldn’t link to that POS anti-American “newspaper” if I were you. I know, I lived there..
My computer sez not confgured to run on a rouge network. I guess that is good, right?
Call me crazy, but I’ll take my chances rather than go to any site that has any connection to our government.
...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 $150 used laptop getting damaged.
That should put your mind at rest.
And just how much do they charge your credit card for this "service", fixing something they created as a money maker?
Like they aren’t watching you already. Haven’t you seen those black helicopters hanging around your house?
There is NO CHARGE.
If you are infected, you WILL LOSE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY on Monday.
And you can’t get it back until you remove the malware, which will be hard if you can’t get to the internet to get instructions.
The malicious Rove viruses changed some peoples DNS settings to use computers they operated.
Compare your DNS settings with the known malicious Rove DNS settings listed below:
As in "Rove, you magnificent b@$t@rd"?
Do you prefer the Washington Post?
Computer virus could disrupt Internet access for some users next week
So, are cell phones with internet magically immune?
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?
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.
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.
"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?
“My computer sez not confgured to run on a rouge network.”
Ah! But is it configured to run on a lipstick network?
I don’t think they use those anymore. They have new and improved models.
LOL. I knew i wasn’t the only one who caught that.
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!
Black?? And all this time I was thinking they looked dark green, in fact olive drab green.
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.
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?
DING DING DING !!! WE HAVE A WINNER !!!
From the page where you can check to see if you are infected:
“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.”
Did you try it and see if that's where you get the infection?
That’s a lefit site.
"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-
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.
Haha....Listen, My Ac broke and it about 90 in here. I was blinded by the sweat pouring into my eyes.
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.”
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.
What if you just don’t turn your computer on this Monday. Will that prevent your computer from being affected?
I have Norton 360 protection. Will it protect me against this virus? Does anyone know?
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.
Norton probably already protected your system a long time ago.
The ones near my house are black.
We sometimes make life more difficult than it need ought to be.
Live and learn. Life is mostly simple disguised as complicated.
LOL. You guys crack me up.
“Havent you seen those black helicopters hanging around your house?”
Maybe on TV, but not in the real world.
I’m good. Just so everyone knows.
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?