Check your computer to see whether your device is infected by malicious software. (Photo : DCWG.org)
Your computer may not be able to connect to Internet next Monday, that is if the PC is infected by the DNS Changer malware.
The FBI temporary Domain Name System servers will shut down July 9, and FBI estimates around 64,000 computers in United States may lose Internet Service. Symantec principal security response manager, Vikram Thakur, told Security Watch that around 300,000 may be affected worldwide.
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DNS Changer malware was started in 2007 by seven hackers who tried to redirect online traffics to theirs to earn money from advertisers, who pay by clicks. Some of the hackers were arrested in 2011 but FBI requested to allow the DNS servers to remain in service until the malware is cleaned up so that infected computers will not lose Internet suddenly. The original date to shut down the servers was March 8, but it had been extended to July 9.
On Monday, the servers will shut down, meaning those with DNS Changer malware will not be able to have Internet access.
It is easy to check whether your PC is infected or not. Simply follow this link (no scan or download necessary) run by DCWG. If the background is green, then the computer is safe. If it is red, then you will want to clean it up so that you won’t lose Internet on Monday.
Google and Facebook have also set up automatic notifications for the infected devices, and Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are notifying their customers.
If your computer is infected, follow the instructions provided by DCWG to clean it up.
Check your computer now and be safe from the malware.