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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.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 31, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Security , Tips , Windows  
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Let's remember that April 1st doesn't begin when the East Coast passes has been April 1st in Europe and Asia for hours already. And consider the estimated number of infected users (6% of infected computers in N. America vs. 31% in Europe and 45% in Asia). What happened to infected computers in countries in Europe and Asia so far? Or did the creators of the worm decide to wait until the bell tolls midnight 'round the world....

Posted by: BUPERC | March 31, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

MS has an update/patch to prevent the virus. MS08-067 has been updated with a March date added to the original October issue date. I hit the download button and got a message that this does not apply to my system (Vista, SP1). Guess that's it.

Posted by: tbva | April 1, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Haha, you Windows freaks are doomed!! More biz for me, thx MS :)

Posted by: sayNo2MS | April 1, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse


may well be that April 1st

was NOT the real target impact date,

but merely a BOGUS date to see how the computer community reacted.
Here's how they reacted.

1. Would your computer connect to a computer security site -- if it did, then you PROBABLY didn't have the Conficker virus.


CHANGE the program so it will at least connect to a computer security site

and THEN

do a slam dunk later in the month of April,

or ALTERNATELY do a geographically [or whatever] segmented attack, since now the PUBLIC CONCERN has passed.

THE REAL APRIL FOOLS PRANK then would be a delayed implementation date once the majority of the public no longer sees a PRESENT AND ONGOING THREAT.

Posted by: | April 1, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

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