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Secure Yourself Against Conficker Worm

Windows OS users across the globe have been worried sick about the Conficker worm striking back on April 1,09.

Anti-virus and security solutions providing companies like Symantec, F-Secure, Avast! and others are however singing a relieved tune. That’s because they say they’re prepared to tackle it.

What’s this Conficker worm anyway?
The ‘C’ variant of Conficker worm, aka Downadup or Kido, infects Windows machines (XP and Vista) and disables them to get security updates or patches from Microsoft and from other vendors. According to Symantec, the creators of the worm will also start using a communications system that is more difficult for security researchers to interrupt.

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How will Conficker harm users?
While nobody knows what exactly Conficker will actually do, most likely, the worm will be used to create a botnet that will be rented out to criminals who want to send SPAM, steal IDs and direct users to online scams and phishing sites.

What can be done to protect a computer from this worm?
First of all, update your anti-virus software. Especially on April 1, make sure that it’s actually running when you start your computer. Secondly, make sure that you have the latest Windows security updates.

You should know:
1. Changing the date of your system will not help avoid this worm.
2. Keeping your computer shut on April 1 will also not help either.
3. The only way to get past this worm is by updating Windows and your anti-virus software.

Conficker History
The ‘B’ variant of the Conficker worm had created ruckus around January this year. By February, it had affected over 9 million Windows users worldwide. Perturbed by the virus, Microsoft had even announced to pay reward of $250,000 to any individual who’ll find out the culprits behind Conficker.

Last words
Before this April 1 — Don’t be a fool, download the security tool.

Some resources are listed here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962007
http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_153464.htm
http://www.411-spyware.com/conficker-worm-removal
http://community.mcafee.com/showthread.php?t=225901

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March 31, 2009 - Posted by | Internet, Microsoft, Security, Software, Virus, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. My pc crashed becuz of this virus!

    Comment by Elvemage | April 18, 2009 | Reply

    • So sorry to hear that Elvemage. Were you able to recover your PC back? Or you had to format it and setup again?

      Comment by Anukul | April 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. only a little while now until Conficker is supposed to take effect… hopefully people have already found whatever fixes they needed to find

    Comment by Joe | April 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. Very interesting,helpful and thought provoking article;thanks for the heads up!

    Comment by The Quail | March 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks so much ! πŸ™‚

      Comment by Anukul | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  4. I used a tool from bitdefender to get rid of this awful worm. The only site that has a removal tool on it and also works when you are infected is bdtools.net, just download the tool and run it, after that you are clean πŸ™‚

    Comment by hasme | March 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for sharing that πŸ™‚

      Comment by Anukul | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  5. thnx….it’s helpful πŸ™‚

    Comment by l33t | March 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks so much !

      Comment by Anukul | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  6. I had this virus on my computer and the only thing that worked was the removal tool from bitdefender. I’ve put the website in my comment profile.

    I was very pleased that I’ve resolved this because no website was available as it was already blocked by downadup

    Comment by Slob | March 31, 2009 | Reply


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