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

By on July 5, 2012, 1:30 PM

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 be infected. This is a friendly reminder to make certain your computers are malware-free and that their DNS settings are nominal.

In 2011, the FBI busted the unscrupulous band of individuals responsible for DNSChanger, shutting down their Eastern European servers -- a move which actually knocked millions of infected users off the web. Although those servers run by the criminals were used to feed infected users profitable ads, phishing attempts and malware, they also provided victims with a working DNS service -- servers which allow human-friendly hostnames (techspot.com) to point to Internet locations that computers understand (IP address numbers). 

Victims were left with computers configured to use DNS servers which no longer existed. As a result, nearly 4 million people were left without Internet access.

As a courtesy, FBI technorati organized an effort to temporarily provide DNS service for DNSChanger victims. After a period of time though, the FBI handed off this responsibility to the Internet Systems Consortium, a non-profit organization who has managed to keep the DNS flowing to infected users. However, this act of kindness will end on Monday.

How do I find out if I'm infected with DNSChanger?

Google and Facebook have been warning infected users. You can also manually check using this tool.

What should I do if I'm infected?

Visit DCWG for instructions and a list of utilities capable of removing DNSChanger from your computer. If none of these tools seem to work, your router's settings may have been changed by the virus (it does do that, believe it or not). You'll need to enter your router's web configuration (instructions vary) and change its DNS settings.

Virus scanners have been able to detect and prevent DNSChanger infections for some time now. Protect yourself!

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User Comments: 30

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ikesmasher said:

is the dns-ok.us site timing out for everyone else?

Guest said:

good business

pjamme said:

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

ikesmasher said:

Never mind, it worked now

Guest said:

oh noes...y2k all over again...wut wheel we dooooo?

matrix86 matrix86 said:

oh noes...y2k all over again...wut wheel we dooooo?

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

Zeromus said:

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

Mantrhax Mantrhax said:

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

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

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

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.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

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!

Camikazi said:

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!

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.

Tygerstrike said:

@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.

Guest said:

Woo Hoo, more Internet for me!!

Gars Gars said:

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

audioman83 said:

Wow, sensationalism much?

Guest said:

cant help but wonder what the real agenda is here with all the BS

we all know what the GOV. is capable of

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

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.

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?

Mantrhax Mantrhax said:

Hes feeling like a man now !! lolz

Guest said:

It's all fake shipmates!

Guest said:

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)

Tygerstrike said:

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 ass well.

cmbjive said:

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.

Zoltan Head said:

It's just possible that people that lost their connection haven't posted about it for some reason.....

Guest said:

It's still all fake shipmates!

Anyone lost that connection yet?

Camikazi said:

It's still all fake shipmates!

Anyone lost that connection yet?

You realize the people who lost the connection might not have a connection and can't connect to the internet cause their connection is down and they can't CONNECT! Was that enough redundancy to make it clear? :P

Guest said:

Yes, it was a clear as the previous two posts, which you have paraphrased for no obvious reason?!

Doctor John Doctor John said:

Agreed, Zoltan had it covered some time ago....

Camikazi said:

Agreed, Zoltan had it covered some time ago....

Well a Guest posted after Zoltan so figured repeating might be useful :P

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