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Old 03-31-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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to our resident computer experts....is there any thing behind this "conflicker" virus that may or may not attack tomorrow??
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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Since it's kinda late in the day, I'll go ahead and weigh in even though I'm not a computer "expert." I'm more like a computer "intermediate."

There's definitely something to it. Just make sure your anti-virus software and your operating system are up to date. Plus any programs you use regularly. You'll probably be fine. This thing has a nasty habit of disabling anti-virus software, I've heard, so watch out for that.

I've also read that it may already be on some computers, dormant, and will activate tomorrow. The big deal with this particular virus, I think, is how widespread it's supposed to be in comparison with past viruses.

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:22 PM   #3
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I believe it is a real threat but experts question the severity. You can read more here:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-102...?tag=mncol;txt
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:23 PM   #4
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I am not a computer expert and I don't even play one on TV. But my opinion is that a lot of these IT things are always blown out of proportion--anyone remember the end of the world at 1201am on 1/1/2000?

With that said, I do think you need to be up to date on your virus definitions.

I heard on the news that to test your computer to see if you are currently infected to go to one of the anti virus software sites (they mentioned three specifically but all I heard was McAfee) and if you redirect to Cornficker, your PC is likely infected.
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:28 PM   #5
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All the major AV companies have free solutions for you if your computer is infected. All the major AV companies' products can detect the the Conficker and prevent it.

Moreover, if you kept your computer updated via MS updates you should be ok. If you haven't kept up with critical updates, then that's another story.

In any event the Conficker is real, and it could be a problem, but it's really not that hard to take care of for anyone who knows what they are doing, and others should be able to get rid of it, if necessary, using the tools out there.
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The way I heard to check was try going to Microsoft update's site as it blocks access to their website to get updates. If you are unable to access it, you likely have the virus. If so, have a friend go download the fix from Microsoft's site and email it to you. Apparently it works by exploiting a problem with Microsoft Windows BUT Microsoft released a patch for it awhile ago so if your updates are current you should be protected. But again it's best to check to make sure.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:37 PM   #7
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--anyone remember the end of the world at 1201am on 1/1/2000?
John, This is brought up often as an example of people getting all upset about nothing, but did anyone ever stop to think about what would have happened if all the fixes hadn't been put in place before the date change?
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My mother was an IT manager in 1999 and they had a lot of problems getting things ready for 2000. They had a lot of very specific, custom-done applications for various programs and projects that extended into 2000, and of course their systems were completely confused at going from 99 to 00. They spent a lot of time working on patches, updates and upgrades so that users and clients would have as little interruption and difficulty as possible.
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John, This is brought up often as an example of people getting all upset about nothing, but did anyone ever stop to think about what would have happened if all the fixes hadn't been put in place before the date change?
Agreed there needed to be fixes and all; but I believe the Monday morning quarterbacking seemed to indicate that had they not made the fixes, it likely would not have been all that bad.

I recall people saying to get cash from your bank because ATMs and Credit Card Networks woudl fail. Gas pumps would stop working so be sure to fill up those 5 gallon containers for your gas needs. VCRs and so forth would all stop working and so forth. IT was truly parlayed as almost as cataclysmal as the end of the world
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This computer should be fine....it is new and I always have the updates done. I am glad I was in Florida with hubby and made sure everything was updated and run. He has strict orders not to download anything at any time and there were some windows updates that needed to be done.
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