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While the DNSChanger was able to make illegal profits for the cybercriminals behind it, it wasn't as threatening as malware that steals user identities or withdraws money from online bank accounts.
Still, the threat of losing Internet access Monday is a real one for the thousands who will be affected. Reports indicate PCs and Macs are vulnerable, but not Linux, and not mobile devices.
Security software-maker McAfee has released a free tool to check your computer and help those who may be infected by the 'DNSChanger' Trojan. Checking now will help you stay connected after the safety-net servers are shut down by the FBI on July 9.
Available at www.siteadvisor.com/dns_checker.html, the tool helps users identify whether they have been affected by the malware and offers a free solution if they have been infected.
"Identifying and changing these settings manually can be difficult," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president at McAfee Labs. "By providing a free tool that walks them through the process, we're making it easy for consumers to fix their settings and stay connected."
Another easy way to check is courtesy of a Web site the FBI set up in cooperation with public and private security experts. That site is www.dns-ok.us -- operated by the DNSChanger Working Group -- and it has a tool to check your device, as well as resources for working with your provider to get rid of the virus and stay connected.
Green Is Good
At the DNS-OK.us site, if your computer is safe, you'll see a notice that says, "DNS Resolution = GREEN. Your computer appears to be looking up IP addresses correctly!"
The notice goes on to say: "Had your computer been infected with DNS changer malware, you would have seen a red background. Please note, however, that if your ISP is redirecting DNS traffic for its customers you would have reached this site even though you are infected."
The notice ends with a link to the FBI's website for additional information regarding the DNS changer malware.
Posted: 2012-07-08 @ 11:39pm PT
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Posted: 2012-07-08 @ 7:17am PT
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Posted: 2012-07-07 @ 2:30pm PT
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Posted: 2012-07-07 @ 12:36pm PT
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