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Don't Lose Your Internet Access Monday, Cautions the FBI

Here's how to check to see if you have malware that will cause you to lose Internet access on your computer.

Be forewarned: If you still have pesky trojan malware on your computer on Monday, July 9, say goodbye to your Internet access, the FBI warns. Both Windows and Mac users aren’t immune to the virus, but Linux, smartphone and tablet users are safe, Forbes reports.

The specific trojan malware, or "malicious software," is known as “DNS Changer,” which was discovered in 2007 and infected millions of computers globally.

Visit the DNS Changer Working Group’s website to see if your computer is infected and to find out how to remove the malware.

So how did the DNS Changer manage to infect millions of computers?

Here's how. Every time you search the Internet, you trigger the Domain Name System, which turns a domain name such as patch.com into an Internet Protocol (IP) address so other computers can identify you on the network, basically the equivalent of your computer’s GPS for the Internet.

The malware DNS servers would change your search to give fake answers and promote fake and dangerous products, according to the DNS Changer Working Group, the organization created to monitor the malware and help infected users.

The FBI worked with Estonian police to seize the servers that contained the spamming malware, but didn’t shut them down so the infected computers could still run, Forbes reported.

The FBI, however, has decided to stop running these servers to spare costs, meaning everyone with the malware will not be able to access the Internet. 

FoolMeOnce July 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
watch out. if you go to the site to check your pc, it might tell you it is ok, but then when you try to go to google, the only thing that would display is "Welcome to nginx!" happended to me.
FoolMeOnce July 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
in other words, it seems it is a widespred ruse to get people to visit the site, "check" their PC which would give them the virus.
jimjoebob July 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
this is the worst "news" story I have ever read. the headline says that it will tell you how to determine if you have the malware- but the article doesn't mention how to do this. then the article says "So how did the DNS Changer manage to infect millions of computers?" and then says what happens if you are infected rather than saying how you got infected in the first place. HORRIBLE
rob July 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@jimjoebob: "Visit the DNS Changer Working Group’s website to see if your computer is infected and to find out how to remove the malware"
rob July 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
...Easier yet, visit: http://www.dns-ok.us/
FoolMeOnce July 08, 2012 at 04:09 PM
@rob: I visited that site, it did not work, and alternate site was listed dns-ok.ca/ (which told me my pc was ok) - and that's where I picked the virus, which rerouted my homepage to "welcome to nginx!" try dcwg.org instead, listed in a reputable newspaper, although I am not touching this. If it is such a huge problem, all antivirus and malware programs would have been programmed to handle it....
FoolMeOnce July 08, 2012 at 04:10 PM
@rob: I visited that site, it did not work, and alternate site was listed dns-ok.ca/ (which told me my pc was ok) - and that's where I picked the virus, which rerouted my homepage to "welcome to nginx!" try dcwg.org instead, listed in a reputable newspaper, although I am not touching this. If it is such a huge problem, all antivirus and malware programs would have been programmed to handle it....

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