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Hundreds of thousands may lose web access July 9 due to virus

By Rick
Jul 5, 2012
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  1. July 9 is the day thousands of PCs (and Macs) infected with DNSChanger will lose their ability to surf the web. Although the virus was introduced in 2007, according to the DCWG's data, as many as 500,000 computers may still…

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  2. 3DCGMODELER

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    bummer....
     
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,978   +390

    is the dns-ok.us site timing out for everyone else?
     
  4. good business
     
  5. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 285

    It was fine this morning. foxnews had this info then, so maybe more people are testing now. keep trying
     
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,978   +390

    Never mind, it worked now
     
  7. oh noes...y2k all over again...wut wheel we dooooo?
     
  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Maniac Posts: 804   +9

    It's not the same thing, *****. This is something that's actually real. Did you even read the article?
     
  9. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Enthusiast Posts: 231   +7

    If dns-ok.us times out, does that mean we're infected?
     
  10. Mantrhax

    Mantrhax TS Rookie Posts: 36

    well, noone will miss these users, they deserve it !!! stop being stupid !
     
  11. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 570   +109

    There is a difference between stupidity and ignorance.

    Ignorance is not being educated in how to prevent this type of situation.

    Stupidity is your posting.
     
     
  12. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 422   +42

    On the windows essentials, you need to have windows update run every day to keep your antivir up to date. Avira for me is legend!
     
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Enthusiast Posts: 373   +70

    That is cause MS updates the definitions whenever a new virus is added, the updates are usually small and quickly done. BTW I think it's a good thing to check your virus definitions as often as possible and that releasing updates should be done as often as well and MS does this very well. Virus update on Friday is no help when the definition is added on Wednesday and your comp gets infected on Thursday.
     
  14. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Mantrhax\

    Im sorry not everyone who has a computer understands it inside and out like you must. Its not needed for the general consumer. Much like a car, there is no need to fully understand how an internal combustion engine works in order to drive.
    If anything....be happy that this horrible situation might help the economy. Most ppl will try and "fix" the computer themselves, however around 30-40% will just say screw it and buy a new PC.
     
  15. Woo Hoo, more Internet for me!!
     
  16. Gars

    Gars TS Enthusiast Posts: 228

    Thank you for the reminder TS. And for the check tools ofc :)
    I assume that the most victims will be mac users, due to 'no viruses on mac' believe.
    Not to mention the total ignorance that I have to face with that kind of.

    "slick" "fast" "apps" - thats was some of the expressions, that my friend used in therms how his dell (oldy I-core 7/W7) vs iPad2

    after all hi was a victim of backdoor trojan cos of a bad 'user' habitats (the victim is the Dell, MSE 24/7 running)

    this kind of ppl never learn
    and we will surfer like... forever?

    or just take em away :)
     
  17. audioman83

    audioman83 TS Rookie

    Wow, sensationalism much?
     
  18. cant help but wonder what the real agenda is here with all the BS
    we all know what the GOV. is capable of
     
  19. Zoltan Head

    Zoltan Head TS Enthusiast Posts: 268   +27

    Good news.
     
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,690   +337

    I'm probably wrong here, but with all the publicity that occurs when there is a Mac issue, I thought I would have heard about this one. Especially if it has been around since 2007 and not been 'fixed'. I know Rick said Macs too, but can you cite somewhere else with some more information on this?
     
  21. Mantrhax

    Mantrhax TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Hes feeling like a man now !! lolz
     
  22. It's all fake shipmates!
     
  23. They mention it on the news, while being sponsored by paid anti-virus services. After people watch that news cast they'll run to the store just to spend money on another anti-virus program. Open your eyes people. It's all about the money.(y)
     
  24. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Instead of all the conspiracy nuts pipping in, how about a little proactive approach to the situation. You personally MAY not be infected. However the less tech savvy ppl in your family could use a bit of help. Maybe check mom and dads computer. Maybe stop by your grandparents house and make sure thier computer isnt going to crash out on them.
    I mean really just because you think your safe, doesnt mean the ppl around you are *** well.
     
  25. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Enthusiast Posts: 585   +100

    So....did anybody's computer go out? Because mine didn't.

    Hmm...

    "However the less tech savvy ppl in your family could use a bit of help. Maybe check mom and dads computer. Maybe stop by your grandparents house and make sure thier computer isnt going to crash out on them."

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that probably no one lost internet access today due to some mega Jupiter sized worm or virus or malware that eats everything in its path including your keyboard.
     


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