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Will DNSChanger Crash Your Computer Monday? Run This Simple FBI-Approved Test

Don’t wait until Monday to see if your computer is infected with the computer malware virus DNSChanger.

 

The online community is buzzing over a malware virus called DNSChanger, which threatens to lock out tens of thousands of people from Internet access on June 9. It may also search out private information.

The nasty bug was unleashed approximately five years ago by cybercriminals in Estonia, according to CMIT Solutions. The problem was so concerning that the FBI responded by running a computer intervention. (Click here to read more from the FBI on the DNSChanger malware.)

Getting the message out to millions of Internet users proved harder than expected for the FBI, so the agency elected to keep the servers online a bit longer.

Despite several delays, the FBI said it will pull the plug Monday,  so now’s the time to run a check, or risk the chance of waking up Monday without internet service.

FBI data estimate as many as 277,000 computers are infected worldwide, according to a Huffington Post report. About 64,000 of those machines are likely in the United States.

To find out if your computer will still be connected on Monday, visit FBI-approved www.dns-ok.us for a simple online test that will tell you if you're good to go.

More information regarding malicious software removal can be found at the website of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: https://www.uscert.gov/reading_room/trojan-recovery.pdf.

TAL LEONARD July 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
thank you very much for the malicious software service!
Ethel Foote July 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Thank you very much. It is greatly appreciated! Please keep me and others informed about this outcome - how many peopel took advantage of your test and service and how many get locked out tomorrow. from efoote001@gmail.com
Loreen breakey July 09, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I hope this helps us poor suckers eho no nada
Dhiren Pandya July 09, 2012 at 03:07 AM
thank you sooo much :)
Greg Johnston (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
You're welcome all!
jim July 09, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Does affect cell phones?
Greg Johnston (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Don't know for sure jim, that's a good question, but I would say if it is a smart phone that can access the web, then it would be worth checking.
gena muscatt July 09, 2012 at 03:41 AM
right now I am in the green, does that mean that my computer will not be infected on Mon? should I turn my computer off all day Mon or does it matter now that I have not been infected. thanks for the information
Pati Doherty July 09, 2012 at 03:45 AM
What if you can't get into the site and can only bring up a cached version from July 7 of the site showing me green. I can't bring up the site now. What does this mean?
Beth Kowalewski July 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
it keeps redirecting me the article
jon le July 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
how come the link doesnt work for me?
Pati Doherty July 09, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I tried some of the other sites (i.e., french, etc.) and it worked and said that mine was ok as of today's date. I am guessing the US site is bogged down. Try this site: http://www.dns-ok.be/
Greg Johnston (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Here's an update from the Associated Press via KOMO News, it appears not many were affected by the malware virus. http://www.komonews.com/news/tech/Malware-deadline-passes-very-few-knocked-offline-161818335.html

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