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Exclaimation Have you heeded the FBI's Warning? [NOTE FROM ADMIN: VIRUS ALERT JULY 9TH, 2012]
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Note from Admin:
Please read Bob's note below. If your system is infected, you will LOSE ALL INTERNET connectivity at 12 midnight tonight (July 8). Since this affects PCs, and your possible access to the Internet (including Apnea Board), I felt this was relevant enough to be moved to the Main Forum. -SuperSleeper.


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The FBI is warning all computer users to check their machines for the DNSChanger virus.

From CNET: "If your computer is infected with the DNSChanger virus, your summertime Internet activities will be seriously curtailed -- as in buh-bye. But a special Web site can help you fix the problem."

http://www.dcwg.org will provide you with the necessary instructions for checking your computers.



SuperSleeper Wrote:Added by SuperSleeper:

Here's a link to the official FBI site to check for this virus:

https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-yo...-rogue-DNS


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RE: Have you heeded the FBI's Warning?
(04-21-2012 09:56 AM)bobg1946 Wrote:  The FBI is warning all computer users to check their machines for the DNSChanger virus.

From CNET: "If your computer is infected with the DNSChanger virus, your summertime Internet activities will be seriously curtailed -- as in buh-bye. But a special Web site can help you fix the problem."

http://www.dcwg.org will provide you with the necessary instructions for checking your computers.

Yep, I was going to post a note about this also... it appears to be a legitimate issue that could affect several thousand computers.

From what I understand, it affects Windows computers only. The above website leads to links where you can check to see if your system has the virus... took me about 1 minute to check my Windows system.

Thanks Bob.

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The website also gives directions for testing iMac OS X machines, too.


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(04-21-2012 10:12 AM)bobg1946 Wrote:  The website also gives directions for testing iMac OS X machines, too.

Okay, thanks... didn't know that. I'm using Linux for nearly everything these days, and from what I understand, the virus doesn't affect Linux OS's. But just to make sure, I went to the above website and check and it seems my Linux box is clear of the virus.

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RE: Have you heeded the FBI's Warning? [NOTE FROM ADMIN: PLEASE READ]
all of mine check out ok. i sent it out to my e-mail list. in the next 5 years it will go around the world 500 times and you will see if no less than 50 times.

thank you for this.
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Doesn't microsoft security virus checks is enough or one need to check DNSChanger virus as well
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RE: Have you heeded the FBI's Warning? [NOTE FROM ADMIN: PLEASE READ]
(04-21-2012 03:52 PM)zonk Wrote:  Doesn't microsoft security virus checks is enough or one need to check DNSChanger virus as well

This virus attacks your network DNS settings. It can't hurt to check your machine, and it only takes about 1 minute to perform the check.


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RE: Have you heeded the FBI's Warning? [NOTE FROM ADMIN: PLEASE READ]
no one needs to check it, but it only takes a second to click and find out, so it makes good sense. i use 4 different security programs and never have a problem. matter of fact i can't remember the last time i had a security problem on any of the computers. but i clicked this link on every computer just to be sure.
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RE: Have you heeded the FBI's Warning? [NOTE FROM ADMIN: PLEASE READ]
I ran it on mine and got the green light Dancing It only took less than a minute to run..

Someone once asked me how I adjusted to CPAP so well--I thought for a moment and said I had two choices CPAP or DEATH..The choice was easy..
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RE: Have you heeded the FBI's Warning? [NOTE FROM ADMIN: PLEASE READ]
For those of you who haven't a clue about this, I looked it up.

The DNSChanger virus/malware has been around for a while. It's not the only one capable of it, it's just the most prevalent.

As a way to counter-act it, the FBI has had a series of servers that have watched for it and acted against it. However, due to funding, those servers are being shut down in July. (Google "Operation Ghost Click")

Meanwhile, they are just now starting the arrests and charges against the idiots who started it.

There's several of these things out but DNSChanger seems to be the most active. There's websites that will check your DNS number for validity. I was skeptical at first so I checked it all out before I clicked away.

Your computer has an IP address of its very own. Each computer, cell phone, tablet, whatever that connects to the 'net has it's own IP address. Sometimes that address changes but that's another topic. Consider the IP address to be a phone number and only that device has that number. Each website also has an IP number.

DNS is Domain Name System and you can consider it to be the phone book. Basically, you type in apneaboard.com (it's domain name) but in the magic of the internet, that text is translated to the IP address, located, and you are connected to the website. There's a lot of other steps in there and it is amazing it all happens as fast as it does. It is a delicate balance of domain names, servers, internet providers, your computer, and other stuff.

Quote:The group that created Zlob have also created a Mac trojan with similar behaviours (named RSPlug). Some variants of the Zlob family, like the so-called "DNSChanger", add rogue DNS name servers to the registry of Windows-based computers and attempt to hack into any detected router to change the DNS settings and therefore could potentially re-route traffic from legitimate web sites to other suspicious web sites.

The way to avoid these things? Don't download stuff you are not sure of the source. Most of these were delivered via downloaded video which gave a pop up warning of a virus which had you click a button. Instead of fixing this fake virus, it gave you a real one. Ironic, isn't it?

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