Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Update Your Computer Against Conficker D !

The past week we've heard warnings about the Conficker D. worm virus, which could affect millions of computers worldwide possibly beginning April 1, 2009. Experts have been tracking the nasty worm since October 2008. Because the worm is so powerful in hijacking computers a $250.000 reward was offered by Microsoft back in February 2009, for information leading to the capture of the Conficker hackers! Computer experts are always trying to stay one step ahead!

They have identified four variants of the Conficker Worm A, B, C, and D.

Seven steps to protect your computer from viruses trojan worms, and spyware such as the Conficker:

1. Use a good Antivirus software. I use Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware.

2. I also use Webroot Spy Sweeper as a double whammy.

3. Be sure you're getting critical updates from microsoft. Go to tools and click on windows update to download the newest updates and patches!

4. Create a hardcopy backup of all your important files, program files, document files, and photo files ect.. My Webroot Spy Sweeper offers to do this online for me, but I'd rather make a hardcopy myself! You need to update this as often as you need to, depending on how much saved work you create!

5. Always be careful with emails don't open large file attachments, especially if you're not sure of the sender Don't Open The Email!

6. Be vigilant updating and running your software, daily, weekly, and monthly to protect your computer to the fullest compacity! My programs remind me, if a scan is not run! The protective software is no good if you don't stick with it! Remember hackers are out there constantly creating new viruses!

7. Pray you don't get a virus, trojan worm, or run out of memory! Like my daughter downloading millions of photos and all her songs to her ipod!

My new Windows Vista pretty much handles things in the backround automatically. My windows updates on a daily basis. But the experts are saying to update at least twice a day until the Conficker passes! Just in case they come up with new patches to the worm! I'm running my antivirus now as we speak to make sure my system is running smoothly.

I remember 9 years ago having a worm on my last computer, and it took me two months to get my programs back up and running! It was a nightmare! So far with all these products, my computer is well protected! Run all your protective programs and keep them updated at least daily until the virus issue passes!

If you have the Conficker worm you can remove and learn more about it on the Microsoft Site . You'll find a multitude of information there on any security issue you may have, and any New Security Information of interest!

I'm thankful for all the experts who fight daily to protect our computers. Many of us have become extremely dependent on our computers, for all our business and personal needs! Hopefully we'll all wake up on April fool's day without any computer headaches!


Jo Janoski said...

Oy,I've been running Linux for a while now, with occasional jumps over to Vista. I think I'll stay on Linux until the smoke clears on this one.

Jo A. T.B. said...

I don't think it matters what platform you use Jo, just as long as you have a good anitvirus software! Definitely use what you're comfortable with and know well!

coffee maker said...

I've heard from multiple sources that the Conficker worm won't be a threat to Mac users, thank goodness

Jo A. T.B. said...

I don't have a Mac Coffee maker, but I woke up to a perfectly running computer! Thank goodness indeed!

@nGeLine said...

Hi Jo,
I'm really hate the hacker. I din update my antivirus too often because no wireless provided except we pay for it. And my antivirus is Avira--free!! I download it form www.download.com. What is your opinion about this antivirus??

Jo A. T.B. said...

Hello Angeline,

From what I read on the internet, Avira is good for the price, but lacks support and updates that other anitivirus software carries! My advice is to do a search on "Avira reviews," and decide for yourself! If the Avira is protecting your computer, then I would stick with it! Especially if it's free!

I really recommend my Trend Micro, if you are willing to pay for a dependable and excellent antivirus software!

terrymcdermott said...

Never heard of this. Thanks for sharing!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Can't believe you didn't hear of it Terry, they broadcasted the story here on the news for almost two weeks! I get nervous when such things are possible to happen!

ochikeron said...

Hi jo,

I need to renew my antivirus software soon! I just forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me of it!

You use shareware products!? I am thinking of switching my shareware to freeware... hmm... I can't make up my mind.

But isn't it funny that people create viruses?! I think we need a law to punish them!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Hi Ochi,

I would renew your antivirus soon! I'm not sure what freeware is!

I know there are laws against hackers, but the thing is to catch them! :)

Nazarina A said...

MY husband is a computer consultant and I have asked him about this and he said that he has his clients protected!
Thanks for informing me so in turn I asked him!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Hi Nazarina,

Just make sure you're covered too!
I've had some problems with my pages freezing up, but I upgraded to the new Internet explorer and I seem to be ok for the moment!

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