DNSChanger malware on Monday, July 9 being expected to knock off thousands of Internet users

By on Jul 6, 2012 in Internet, Technology, World Comments

The so-called DNSChanger malware on Monday, July 9, 2012, which is being dubbed as ‘Internet doomsday‘, is being expected to knock off tens of thousands of Internet users, despite continuous warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and internet experts.

As noted at PC World on Thursday, July 5, the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) has detected DNSChanger infections from more than 300,000 unique Internet Protocol (IP) addresses worldwide as of last month, and almost 70,000 of those unique IP addresses originated in the US.

Back in April, FBI launched the DNS-OK.us website where Internet users can check whether or not their computers are infected by DNSChanger malware. A “green” background means that the computer is safe while a “red” background means that it is infected and should be fixed immediately.

However, PC World noted that the DNSChanger malware can also infect routers, which means that any Internet user may visit a malware detection site from any PC in his home and all will register as being infected even though his router is really the culprit.

With that, Internet users are being strongly advised to visit the official website of DNS Changer Working Group at DCWG.org before Monday, July 9, where they have dedicated pages that explain how the public can detect, fix, and protect their PCs from the DNSChanger malware, for free and without downloading any software.

Meanwhile, Google and Facebook also provided warnings to their customers earlier, while CloudFlare and OpenDNS joined forces last May to help website owners and bloggers on how they can check and inform their visitors if their computers are affected by the DNSChanger malware.

DNSChanger Checker (Red background if infected)
Image Credit: DNS-OK.us

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