Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mean April Fools Virus

Hey Everyone~
I got this email from Nicole at BYU. My mom had also heard about this computer virus on the news. So I thought I would let you all know in case you haven't heard. make sure you get your computer updated tonight. The best thing to do is to make sure your computer has all of the recent updates. That includes Microsoft updates, and whatever security software you have.

Windows Virus Alert:
On April Fool’s day, one of the USB viruses that began proliferating last year is programmed to call home and receive further instructions. The conflicker worm has been identified with three different strains and is primarily transferred by USB drives also commonly called thumb drives. Precautions should be taken on each individual computer running a Microsoft Operating System to ensure system software and antivirus software are up-to-date, and that auto-run has been disabled for attaching drives.

Symptoms that a computer has been infected vary. The following is a list of those that have been identified:
  • Account lockout policies being reset automatically.
  • Certain Microsoft Windows services such as Automatic Updates, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Defender and Error Reporting Services disabled.
  • Domain controllers responding slowly to client requests.
  • Unusual amounts of traffic on local area networks.
  • Websites related to antivirus software becoming inaccessible.

Tools have been created to identify and remove this worm from machines that have been infected. Symantec’s W32.Downadup Removal Tool is located at http://www.symantec.com/business/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-011316-0247-99. This tool can be downloaded and run on your computer should you suspect it has been infected.

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