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7 July 2012 - 4:34pm

Computer Doomsday? True or Not true?

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Here is what I found posted in another forum:

On Monday the government is shutting down malaware and if your computer is infected, you wont be able to access the internet.

Ok sorry not computer savvy here and not able to explain this very well but apparently several years ago hackers went in and put on a malaware that affected millions of computers by making the links go to fake sites where they were able to steal money, bank info and so forth.

To combat it the government created the malaware sites to block those fake sites.

As of Monday, they are turning the malaware sites off and if your computer has the dns thingy, it means you wont be able to get online starting on Monday, July 9.

Here's a link that explains what it is and how to check your computer to be sure you are safe.

http://www.autoworldnews.com/articles/1944/20120706/check-dns-ok-now-cha...

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On Monday the government is shutting down malaware and if your computer is infected, you wont be able to access the internet.

Ok sorry not computer savvy here and not able to explain this very well but apparently several years ago hackers went in and put on a malaware that affected millions of computers by making the links go to fake sites where they were able to steal money, bank info and so forth.

To combat it the government created the malaware sites to block those fake sites.

As of Monday, they are turning the malaware sites off and if your computer has the dns thingy, it means you wont be able to get online starting on Monday, July 9.

Here's a link that explains what it is and how to check your computer to be sure you are safe.

http://www.autoworldnews.com/articles/1944/20120706/check-dns-ok-now-cha...

What do you all think about this? True or hype?

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7 July 2012 - 11:31pm
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I'm not sure. I'm not going to worry about it. If I'm not here then you know I have malware......lol. On one of my other sites, people are warning not to go to the site that checks your computer because that may be malware.

Do you have malwarebytes on your computer?

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8 July 2012 - 1:50pm
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That is what I feared! That checking it out would actually put something into my computer, lol. It sure sounds like a scam to me, but who knows?

Yes, I have Malwarebytes, but I don't run it very often. I will have to run it soon.

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9 July 2012 - 12:13am
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It is true. DNS is the system that takes a website address or URL and directs you to the right computer that serves the website. So you type www.casinolistings.com into your browser and a DNS server tells your computer to talk to the computer at 216.18.219.3 (which is called an IP address). The malware you are referring to hijacks DNS so that when you type a website URL it sends you to a computer at a different IP address which is under the control of the malware people.

This malware was actually busted last year sometime I think and since then the good guys have been keeping some DNS servers up at the addresses used by the malware. But since that costs money they are going to be shutting down those DNS servers soon. So if your computer has the malware you would still be trying to reach a DNS server that no longer exists. So you would not be able to type a URL into your browser after the servers are shut down. You could still type in the IP address of your favourite sites and it would work, but who knows them right? It is a trivial thing to fix for someone who knows what they are doing, but not for the computer illiterate.

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9 July 2012 - 12:18am
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Thank you, CL-Ed. Just shows how skeptical I can become with all this "stuff' that gets passed around the internet. I was just signing it to say I discovered this to be true, too. I guess it has been on CNN and in newspapers around the country.

I appreciate your information, which is very detailed and thorough, as usual.

I kept thinking, knowing my luck, I just clicked on something to infect my computer, lol, but not this time!

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9 July 2012 - 7:33am
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It is only 300,000 computers. Sound like a lot, but not in the grand scheme of things. The people with infected machines have been contacted by their ISPs over the past few months so anyone with an ounce of sense who had this thing would have cleaned it up by now. The ones left over could be unattended machines or just completely malware infested, in which case its no big loss.

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9 July 2012 - 6:25pm
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I actually just fixed a computer with this issue a few weeks ago for my wife's friend who owns a small business. Now I am not a computer genius, but I do know my way around decently.

It took about 15 minutes as I booted the computer into safe mode, installed malwarebytes through a USB as well as an antivirus software (the lady had NONE!).

After rebooting the system she was golden. It really is quite easy, and I actually keep a copy of malware bytes and antivirus software on the drive.

Or you could follow Ed's advice: Get a Mac.

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10 July 2012 - 12:11am
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Hahah no I'm no Mac nerdfighter. Use whatever you want, just make sure you surf with protection. Always practice safe computing!

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11 July 2012 - 7:24am
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@hope777 : Alive ? Smile

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11 July 2012 - 6:51pm
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DmitryIvanov wrote:

@hope777 : Alive ? Smile

What?

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15 July 2012 - 1:27pm
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I think he meant is your computer still alive. Apparently it is! Smile

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15 July 2012 - 5:03pm
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Oh! I was wondering what that meant, lol, and yes, I haven't heard of anyone having an issue after Monday. Has anyone else heard of anyone having problems/issues?

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23 July 2012 - 8:28pm
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hahah.. apparently we made it through the doomsday.. if there is such thing as a Vicious super computer, humans could be taken down! Scared

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