internet gone?

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  1. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

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    can someone tell me if i have to do something with my computer, something about facebook and malware?:confused:
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    You catch a virus or something nasty then I take it?
  4. BETH

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    i did the dns check and it was green should i do it thru the run thing also or am i ok?
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    Beth, if your dns check was green, you are safe and you don't need to do anything further except enjoy a big sigh of relief and sit back and relax. :)
  6. raven818

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    Well, I've posted this one about six weeks ago, and 'bumped' it a couple weeks ago. I didn't exactly receive threats for it, but there seems to be a number of naysayers who wouldn't go there for a brand new 1911. ' The FBI ' ain't getting in my machine...I'm a IT expert, I don't need no steenkin help...

    I have done my best to 'be there' for folks who could be infected and not know it by putting the info here when it first came out. I have assured everyone there are No Trackers, No Cookies and No LSO's.

    Maybe your OP changes some of those folks minds. Reportedly there are tens of thousands of PC's infected. Mine isn't one of them.

    Thanks for putting it out again. :)
  7. BETH

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    thanks so much
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    Yes, Beth, you do and do so immediately !! Any number of sites/searches will get you to where you need to be. I suspect if you're running DOS you're more vulnerable,but both DOS and Apple systems are vulnerable, I'm told !

    You've got until the wee hours of Monday to run the scan ! >MW
  9. BETH

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    run what scan?
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    From USA TODAY 07/06/12....

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

    The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.

    According to the FBI, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. About 64,000 still-infected computers are probably in the United States.


    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority said about 25,000 of the computers initially affected by the malware were in Canada, but now only about 7,000 machines remain infected there, according to Canadian Internet Registration Authority spokesman Mark Buell.

    He said his organization, together with Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission, has developed an online site where computer users can check their computers for the malware.

    People whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.

    The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers late last year, agents realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service.

    In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.

    And while it was the first time they'd done something like that, FBI officials acknowledged that it may not be the last, since authorities are taking on more of these types of investigations.

    The temporary Internet system they set up, however, will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) Monday, July 9.

    Most victims don't even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their online surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.

    But popular social networking sites and Internet providers have gotten more involved, reaching out to computer users to warn of the problem.

    According to Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent, many Internet providers are ready for the problem and have plans to try to help their customers. Some, such as Comcast, already have reached out.

    The company sent out notices and posted information on its website. Because the company can tell whether there is a problem with a customer's Internet server, Comcast sent an email, letter or Internet notice to customers whose computers appeared to be affected.

    Grasso said other Internet providers may come up with technical solutions that they will put in place Monday that will either correct the problem or provide information to customers when they call to say their Internet isn't working. If the Internet providers correct the server problem, the Internet will work, but the malware will remain on victims' computers and could pose future problems.

    In addition to individual computer owners, about 50 Fortune 500 companies are still infected, Grasso said.

    Both Facebook and Google created their own warning messages that showed up if someone using either site appeared to have an infected computer. Facebook users would get a message that says, "Your computer or network might be infected," along with a link that users can click for more information.

    Google users got a similar message, displayed at the top of a Google search results page. It also provides information on correcting the problem.

    To check whether a computer is infected, users can visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI: http://www.dcwg.org .

    The site includes links to respected commercial sites that will run a quick check on the computer, and it also lays out detailed instructions if users want to actually check the computer themselves.
  11. Bobitis

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    How do you know Raven? Little birdy tell ya? ;)

    I have a few questions that tie in with a few other threads here.

    1st, why is there no other site on the entire www that can run these tests other than the FBI site? :confused: Seems to me, for as long as this has been going one, everyone that offers web security would be all over it. MS? Apple? Norton, Mcaphee, Symantec, and countless others are saying nothing? :eek: Weird. :rolleyes:

    If folks are so upset about being stopped by LEO and asked for ID, are they willing to do this seemingly harmless search? :p

    Seems the only ones interested is the fed. The same guys that tested our internet already (coincidence?), the airwaves, and public broadcasting. Seems rather odd to me, but I'll let y'all make yer own decisions.

    Did ya hear that they found a 2nd Mayan calandar? Just in time!

    Sorry, but I trust the fed about as much as I could toss the 900 lb gorilla. I'll take my chances. :)
  12. Rocketman1

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    Oh man do I hear you, I believe something is up as well.
    I havent checked mine yet and I'm not going to.
    Seems to me that my virus software should be able to detect this, and like you mentioned, there is nothing on my virus software's web site about it.

    Strange.
  13. raven818

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    Did anyone happen to catch this part of the above post:
    Do ya think those Fortune 500 companies use Norton's, or McAfee, or the free programs available on the net to protect their PC's?

    IMO, nope, they don't. The technology available to them, I would imagine, is a step or two above what us commoners use. And they are still infected.

    Then again, what do their Internet security folks know anyway ( rhetorical ).
  14. mjp28

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    They do have the "occasional" careless employees who do dumb things.

    I love stories about thumb drive that are left out (on purpose?) and people stick them in to see what's on them. Even in the US Government!

    Some smaller companies with small IT budgets can be challenged too.
  15. Bobitis

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    Ahem...

    http://www.techworld.com.au/article/414261/half_fortune_500_firms_infected_dns_changer/
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