How to Stop the Conficker Virus Before it Starts on April 1

March 30, 2009 – 8:36 am by Gabe Anderson | No Comments

On Wednesday, April 1 a virus called Conficker will “call home” from Windows machines that have been infected since November 2008. No one is sure who created the virus or what, if anything, will happen, but it could be bad (or it could be nothing), but why take any chances?

Unlike many of those emails people forward to you, this virus is real and if you’re using a Windows PC, it doesn’t hurt to take some quick preventive measure. You can Google it to learn more, or check out this CNET FAQ.

The two best things you can do are the following:

  1. Make sure you run Windows Auto Update.
  2. Run the BitDefender Removal Tool (either the Web-based version on the left of that page or the downloadable EXE version) to scan your system and, if necessary, remove the virus.

After you run the scan, if you see something like this, you’re good to go:

Conficker virus scan

So spread the word and make this virus a non-issue.

(Thanks, Adam, for the heads-up.)

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