Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

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malware Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

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(AP) – The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website. But tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

Despite repeated alerts, the number of computers that are probably infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. Of those still infected, the FBI believes that about 64,000 are in the United States. Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their Internet service providers for help — no doubt waiting on hold in a long line.

To check if your computer is infected, you can go to DNS-OK.US.

KFWB’s Christian Wheel has this advice:

Many anti virus manufacturers offer free online scans of users’ computers to detect if they are infected with malware. Visit BitDefender, Housecall or Eset to perform a free online virus scan.

Users of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later already have a Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool that they can access by clicking Start, going to the Run command, and typing “MRT” then hitting Enter. Windows Vista and 7 users can simply type “MRT” in the “Search programs and files” field of their start menu to access this program as well.

This specific problem does not affect Mac users.

Don’t miss “Let’s Talk Tech with Christian Wheel” every Saturday at 5pm on KFWB NEWS TALK 980 or listen online.

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