Conficker Removal Reminders
If you've only just now heard of the Conficker worm -- which may or may not do some very bad things to Windows computers tomorrow, causing a non-trivial Internet traffic jam in the process -- I suppose I should compliment you for managing to avoid this topic for so long.
But if you, like most people, use a Windows PC with an Internet connection... I'm sorry, but you need to pay attention to this. Please see Sunday's Help File column for a brief description of Conficker and links to sites that can help you get rid of it. There's more detail in the ever-helpful Lifehacker blog's illustrated summary of the problem.
My colleague Brian Krebs, in turn, provides useful context about Conficker's global reach and possible danger in his latest blog post.
Finally, the folks at anti-virus developer F-Secure offer a useful reminder on their own blog: Don't get suckered by fake Conficker fixes. Only use a remedy from a company you know well, or one that's been recommended by sources you trust and who have already demonstrated their competence in computer security.
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