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July 9 Computer Virus : FBI Has Fix for 'DNS Changer' Malware

The FBI warns that 277,000 computers worldwide could lose internet access unless users employ a fix to the "DNS changer" malware.

Without a fix that is being put out by the FBI, it is possible that hundreds of thousands of computer users infected by the DNS Changer computer virus could lose access to the Internet on Monday, July 9.

The Huffington Post reported in April that the problem began when international hackers — aka "Operation Ghost Click" — ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers.

The FBI has set up a website that will check to see if a user's computer is using "rogue DNS". There is also a document on the site that explains how to fix the problem.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has sent out an advisory to county residents with Internet trouble to check the site.

The problem arises during the process of shutting down the computer. Once the shutdown is complete, computers infected by DNS Changer could lose access to the internet. D-day is set for July 9.

According to CBS News, although down from the number reported in April, some 277,000 computers worldwide—64,000 of them in the United States—could still be infected.

The FBI is still urging users to visit www.dcwg.org, a website run by its security partner, to find out whether their computer is infected and how to fix the problem.

After July 9, any computers still infected will not be able to access the Internet. Many people don’t know whether or not their computers have been affected.

Have you been you a victim of this virus? Got any tips to avoid computer viruses? Let us know in the comments below. 

Sherri esty July 11, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Yes my computer has been affected what do i need to do to fix it cause i cant get on the interneyt
Mic July 11, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I believe my computer was infected with the malware and has now been 'hacked' and will no longer allow me to access my home internet. Is there any way, without being able to access the internet, to fix this problem? I am still 'connected' to the internet as skype is still working in the back ground, but i can no longer access anything on the internet through any of my web browsers. This is now an extremely frustrating situation as i am self employed and work from home therefore solely relying on my computer and the internet. If you are able to advise me on a way to fix this problem, your support would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Mic Smith mic_smith1@hotmail.com
Luis Diaz July 11, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I don't know if it is related to the July 9 virus, but before they announced the problem, I began to experience connectivity problems several day before this whole thing started. I followed the instructions and visited the FBI pages, and was told that my connectivity was OK. However, now my laptop monitor is not working and I have to use an old PC monitor connected to my laptop to use the net. The best advice I got was to "now is the time to buy a new computer." And I wonder, is this about malware protection or about making more income making people buy new computers. If I could, I would not question it, but I'm unemployed. Who cares about us poor people at the bottom who need the internet to keep in touch and look for work and many other services now government offices will not do if it's not done with the internet. Uluisses from Caribbean Troy
bruce July 12, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Just came to life on my laptop. Any fix before I take it to repair shop?
Slightlygray July 12, 2012 at 02:01 AM
First - if you WERE infected, you wouldn't be able to get to THIS site. Read this: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9228982/How_the_DNSChanger_malware_works "While it seems as if FBI has rectified the issue, shutting down the temporary server is only a temporary measure. Once that happens, computers that are still compromised will lose connectivity to the Internet in its entirety. In other words, infected PCs and servers will no longer be able to connect to any websites." Note the "...connect to ANY websites." comment. Also - please stop calling this a "VIRUS"- its "MALWARE". A quick search on Wikipedia will easily explain the differences... The FBI did sabotage unemployed individuals, did make the MALWARE damage laptop screens, didnt make your girlfriend dump you for someone else.. and no, the world didnt end on July 9th like everyone said it was. Just like the year 2000 doomsday virus, this one was unquestionably ingenious, but pretty lame in overall global destruction. No planes fell from the sky, ATM's didnt start spitting out 100 dollar bills, and the public water supply didnt turn to blood. This too shall pass.. oh wait .. it already did.
Slightlygray July 12, 2012 at 02:03 AM
The FBI did *NOT* sabotage unemployed individuals, did *NOT* make the MALWARE damage laptop screens, didnt make your girlfriend dump you for someone else.. and no, the world didnt end on July 9th like everyone said it was. Just like the year 2000 doomsday virus, this one was unquestionably ingenious, but pretty lame in overall global destruction. No planes fell from the sky, ATM's didnt start spitting out 100 dollar bills, and the public water supply didnt turn to blood. (and did NOT make me forget to but the NOT in the above)..
AK July 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
It's Friday 13th my computer would not turn on. I have a black screen staring at me. Please help! What am I supposed to do or the cost of fixing it. Thanx
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