Protect Your Computer From The April Fools Day Virus-Conficker-C
There is a new virus that is being called the April Fools Day Virus, also known as Conficker-C. This virus is thought to have infected anywhere from 5 to 10 million computers already which are setting dormant until Wednesday April 1st 2009. The infected computers have not shown many signs of the virus as of yet, but it is believed that on April 1st the "Master" computer is going to gain control of all infected computers. This can mean various things, this virus could, collect and steal your personal information, could wipe out your hard drive, and can spread to any other computer that is on your network. More than likely the virus will try to get people to buy software to remove the virus from the infected machine. This virus will stop your computer from receiving windows updates which could prevent the virus from harming your computer. This virus is also thought to evolve over time and the author appears to be making updates to the virus, which makes it more difficult for antivirus software to detect and remove.
What you can do to see if your computer is infected:
- Check to see if you have received Windows Updates for the month of March
- Make sure that your antivirus is up to date
- Run Windows Updates by opening Internet Explorer and clicking on Tools-Windows Update
More than likely if you have received Windows Updates and your antivirus is up to date then your computer should be fine. It is always a good idea to regularly run Antispyware software on your computer, such as MalWareBytes and SpyBot Search and Destroy, you can find this software by visiting the Software section of this website.