Have you ever heard of the DNS Changer malware? If not, you might quickly learn all about it on Monday morning, when the FBI pulls the plug on protecting you from it!
For over a year, the FBI has been protecting thousands of Americans from the nasty malware that destroys computers without the owner ever knowing it was there. The FBI has invested a lot of money in stopping this malware and has given Americans time to clean up their computers. However, on Monday, the FBI will stop the system they are using and anyone with DNS Changer malware will be kicked off the Internet and will have no way back until their computer is clean.
If you are like most Americans you will ignore this warning because you have pricey anti-virus software that you think catches and resolves everything or you have Apple products and think you are immune to these types of things. Well, think again. Comcast has reported that the malware has infected many Mac computers and there are no anti-virus systems on the market that can stop this malware. Luckily, everyone still has a few days to save themselves by following a few short and easy steps.
The first thing the FBI recommends doing is to determine whether or not your computer is infected by using the secure DCWG site. Once you have determined whether or not your computer is infected you can then follow the steps on the DCWG site to safely remove the malware. You can also contact your Internet service provider for additional help. Verizon, Comcast, Centurylink, and AT&T are among a few of the Internet providers that have help pages specifically designed for the DNS malware.
Despite all the information that has been out about this malware for over a year, it is likely July 9, 2012 will be a "Manic Monday" for many Internet users that have the malware and have done nothing about it.
What do you think? Has the government done enough to keep people informed and safe from computer viruses and malware?