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The DNSChanger malware, also called the “Malware Monday” virus is set to take down Internet access for 250,000 people on July 9. It’s the result of an old threat that led the FBI to take over a network of DNS servers to which people were unknowingly being routed to once infected with the virus. As a result, the infected computers ultimately depended upon these servers to reach the Internet. Now, the time has come for the FBI to shut them down and make sure everyone removes the malware from their computers.
How do you make sure your computer isn’t one of those already infected?
While on social media sites, like Facebook, or while searching on Google, you may have already seen a warning notifying you that your computer may be infected. If so, you would have seen something similar to this type of message:
If that warning hasn’t popped up, and you’re in the U.S., then you can still do a super-fast check by clicking this link: http://dns-ok.us for immediate feedback.
By simply visiting the site, you will automatically be shown an image indicating your computer’s status.
If the image that appears on your screen comes back with a green background (shown below) and the description “DNS Resolution = GREEN” then you’re safe.
If your computer is infected, a quick visit to this site would show the same image but with a red background. Although, the site does warn that if your ISP was already redirecting DNS traffic, then you could still reach the site even if your computer is infected.
That being said, there is a more detailed method of identifying the malware and removing it, should you be infected. In fact, Cnet.com provides a terrific step-by-step guide for this process, along with additional background information on the origin of the malware. The most important thing is to take a few minutes to check the health of your computer and avoid another Manic “Malware” Monday. (Bonus points awarded if you can name the 80s band associated with that song reference – be sure to leave a comment with your answer!)