Digital News Report- PC users around the world are tensely watching as the Conficker worm springs to life and begins doing whatever it is that it’s doing. So far? Not much. Though the Conficker virus has infected up to an estimated 12 million Windows-based PCs, so far all it’s done is wake up and wait for further instructions. So far nobody knows exactly what those instructions will be.
The virus leaves infected computers potentially vulnerable and due to its advanced malware techniques it’s difficult to counter. Infected computers have been shown to have account lockout policies automatically reset, slow response of domain controllers, LAN congestion, and inaccessible antivirus websites and Windows update services.
Some computers were infected due to fake websites that appeared on Google searches for “Conficker.” Unsuspected users found themselves being infected with the virus while attempting to learn more about it. Individuals who downloaded Windows illegally are also at risk due to the inaccessibility of automatic updates, which could potentially protect against the virus. Mac and Linux users appear to be safe from the virus.
People who believe that their computers are infected by the virus have been urged to go to popular anti virus software websites such as Norton or McCaffee. If you are unable to visit those webpages, your computer is likely infected. If your computer is infected, visit an IT specialist as soon as possible.
Microsoft has offered $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the virus. However, those responsible for computer viruses are very rarely found.