New Computer Virus affecting 9 Million Computers

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A new computer virus that may leave Microsoft Windows users open to digital hijacking is spreading through companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia, already infecting close to 9 million machines, according to a private online security firm.

They say this virus has surged through more computers than anything they have seen in years.

The virus's coding suggests a type of bug that alerts computer users to bogus infections on their machines and offers to help by selling them antivirus software.

Instead, the virus is simply spreading to little effect, though it may still pose a threat to infected computers.

"The people behind the worm apparently haven't used it yet, But they could do anything they like with any of these machines at any time."

Microsoft issued a security update Tuesday to deal with the so-called "Downadup" or "Conficker" virus, which appears to be a new version of a bug that popped up in October.

Microsoft said the virus is spreading by gaining access to one computer and then guessing at passwords of other users in the same network: "If the password is weak, it may succeed."

Most computers with Windows will automatically download Microsoft's security update but on affected computers the virus disables updates on infected machines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Desmond Ong
    oh crap. I am changing to mac
  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    Originally Posted by bob_sikorski View Post

    Just make sure your anti virus program is up to date, never open attachments and never fall for the old fly-in ad claiming your pc has a virus and here is how to get rid of it.
    Did you even read the sticky about sigs?
  • Profile picture of the author Mint-Tree
    OMG. I know someone who had this virus!!!!!!!!

    The scary part is:

    "The people behind the worm apparently haven't used it yet, But they could do anything they like with any of these machines at any time."

    .................................................. .....................................
    By the way, it's not just one popup virus dected screen but like 3-4, each selling different "software to fix the problem".
  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    O man!

    I think I got one of those fack update things before. Thankfully I didn't click it.

    I knew something was fishy....lol
  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    I have not had a virus since Outlook express and norton worked so well to funnel them into my computer back in 2002.

    I learned my lesson back then and developed good habits and those along with good antivirus software, anti spyware, and registry change monitoring along with my router firewall have been enough to keep me protected.

    However, I have been doing a few house calls for elderly members of my church locally and the most common problem I find is not just one but multiple instances of fake anti spyware and fake antivirus applications installed.

    People are very susceptible to this kind of attack because the initial response to a "warning" popup is to say "yes I want to be protected."
  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Charles and Josh,

    What anti-virus programs are you using?
  • Profile picture of the author SlickSki
    Hi, Strange I haven't heard anything about this. Does it only infect if you click on something?
  • Profile picture of the author howudoin
    Thanks For the Heads Up.....I haven't got any Popup yet and I'm Using KasperSky Version 7 which offers an antivirus, firewaall and Net protection all in one pack.

    Bhupinder
  • Profile picture of the author JECKELLL
    As an antivirus, Nod32 is impressive, keeps the crap out and it is not resource hungry, it is also cheap.
  • Profile picture of the author Paul1234
    I have no use for autorun, so I always disable it on all drives (which incidently also prevents infection by this virus).
  • Profile picture of the author Sean Hoffman
    There is also a nice bug going around with macs. Quick everyone switch to linux!

    Ubuntu Home Page | Ubuntu

    Tuxfam Cares.
  • Profile picture of the author Louis Raven
    I was recently infected with that very virus.

    Had to wipe my whole computer (not keep anything) and create 84 new passwords at over 18 character each lol.

    Resulted in me having to purchase another copy of PhotoShop and Camtasia .

    I was using AVG and it didn't detect it. Word of advice.. if your computer automatically turns of (not sure if windows does this or the virus?) either way leave it OFF and get consultation before switching back on.

    Louis
  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Charles and Josh,

    What anti-virus programs are you using?
    Currently Nod32, Spybot Search and Destroy, Tea Timer (registry change protection).

    But the best thing you can do to protect your self is have good internet habits.

    I am not immune from attack but since 2002 I have stopped every one without a single infection (knock on wood).
  • Profile picture of the author th0m453
    thxs for the heads up just bought this computer with windows vista
  • Profile picture of the author skydivedad
    Thanks Charles
    Man oh Man. That sucker almost got me. I had 4 pop-ups flashing at me. I didn't click a thing but launched task mgr and immediately shut down the browser and ran a scan. Tricky stuff and a vicious virus. Thanks for the heads up earlier today Thankfully I wasn't unprepared. Note to self. Don't click on any part of these pop-ups.
    Paul
  • Profile picture of the author StokesM
    Charles,

    Thanks for the update on this. As for someone who just lost 70% of the data on their hard drive (I know, should have backed up my files - but procrastinated).

    I call mistakes like this "paying tutition". Anyway, really appreciate the information.

    Thanks
    Chris
  • Profile picture of the author Mint-Tree
    Oh... when you backup your LATEST data, remember these 3 as well:

    1. FTP Programs - which had a lot of your domains (I didn't back up now I have like 3-4 open up now... Forgot about the other =).

    2. Your Firefox Bookmarks and extension (check FEBE plugin for backup).

    3. Also back up your Gmail Manager firefox plugin too.. if you have a lot of Gmail accounts (or use Roboform--I have this but overloaded with hundreds of passcode/identies/accounts ....
  • Profile picture of the author AnarchyAds
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  • Profile picture of the author Writing Pete
    Crap - I'd hate to see what happens when they do decide to use this virus they're infecting everyone with. Hopefully people will be able to detect and quarantine it with a real anti-virus program.

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