Happy Friday! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. This week's
topic from Barbara questions the validity of the DNSChanger malware
alert circulating around the Web that explains if this virus is not taken
care of by July 9, those whose systems are infected will lose their
Well Barbara, and to all you skeptics of this news, it is in fact
a true alert and I don't blame you one bit for questioning its
validity. There are so many scams out there, who knows what
to believe nowadays? But rest assured, this time it's for real!
So for those who just caught wind of this news or have a hard
time believing this, pay attention as currently there are still
hundreds of thousands of machines still infected with this malware.
You'll want to read up and make sure yours is not one of them.
So you ask, how do I go about knowing if my machine is infected with
this virus? And if I'm infected how do I get rid of it? Well, no
worries, many of our members have chimed in on this week's
discussion to answer Barbara's questions. If you read through
and visit some of the sites suggested like http://dcwg.org, and follow
their directions, you'll learn how this virus came about. You'll find
out why if not treated you'll lose your Internet access in July, and
how you can fix it if you are. And if your machine isn't infected, you
have nothing to worry about!
Thanks to all the members who contributed. Take care everyone and be safe!
Q: Fact or fiction: People could lose their Internet connection in July? I have been hearing a lot about the FBI establishing a Web site
(www.dcwg.org) to detect if your computer was infected by a virus sent
out by hackers. If you unknowingly downloaded the virus and it
remains undetected, the hackers will take down your access to the
Internet in July. Is this a legit site? If we visit the site and
receive a message that our computer is infected, do we download antivirus
software on the site to fix the problem? With so many scams out there,
it is sometimes hard to tell what is legit. If this were true
shouldn't my antivirus or anti-malware have picked this infection up?
Any explanation on this whole subject matter would help me be
prepared, just in case I am infected. Thanks for your help, have a
Q: Are two firewalls better than one or can it cause conflicts? Hello. On the Internet many firewalls can be found, some free
and for payment. But with Windows OS a firewall is already present on
a PC. If another firewall is installed, can this be a conflicting
situation? Is it better to have one firewall only, or on the contrary,
can another firewall eventually supply a more complete defense and
cover the holes left by the first one? Also, is the Windows firewall
supplied with the OS good enough or would you recommend something else
that is better? Excuse me for my bad English and thank you very much.