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Recent Malware Alert Has Easy Solution

Posted By Trust IT, Friday, July 6, 2012

Hello LANO Community!

I wanted to pass on helpful information about the "DNS Changer Malware” that has been reported all over the Internet and on the news this week. There has been a lot of reporting on this issue, much of it exaggerated.

In fact, the risk to most members is very small and the solution very easy. 

What is the DNS Changer Malware?

Briefly: In November of 2011, the FBI, along with other organizations, arrested several cyber criminals in "Operation Ghost Click.” The criminals distributed a virus that changed DNS settings on infected computers. The virus would disrupt computers' access to desired websites and send viewers to unwanted commercial sites. 

In response, the FBI created a fix that has prevented infected sites from being disrupted.  But as of this coming Monday (July 9, 2012), that solution will no longer be in effect; thus, we've been hearing about this issue lately in the news. 

Though a real risk is there for thousands of machines worldwide, I don’t want to give the false impression of this as an "Internet doomsday,” as some in the media have.

"How do I know if my computer is infected?"

Many of the posted information sites are being overwhelmed by traffic. I did verify that the following site appears to have minimal traffic and should successfully test your system: http://dnschanger.detect.my.

When the site opens, it will quickly indicate if you are infected. If you are infected, please let me know and I'll provide a quick fix before Monday's deadline.

My best to LANO Members and Friends!

Jeff Hanson

President, Trust IT (a LANO member)

235 Marilyn Dr. #15741, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

(225) 573-0391 www.trustitllc.com

 

 

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