This is no joke.
According to David McAvoy at www.tricities.com, there are some things you can do to protect your computer from this nasty intruder.
• Update anti-virus software
• Accept Windows security updates
• Don’t download screen savers
• Don’t download games
McAvoy has the following to say about this menace:
By DAVID MCAVOY
Digital Journalist/ WJHL
Published: March 25, 2009
The “Conficker” virus, which crippled the Kingsport City Schools computer system the last two weeks, reportedly has a new version set to launch on April 1, and that’s no April Fool’s joke. The virus has already infected about 15 million computers worldwide, and many people may not even know it’s on their computer yet.
Brian Tester with Tele-Optics in Kingsport says people need to protect their computers from these kinds of viruses. He says it can keep track of your credit card numbers, user names, and passwords. He says the best ways to protect your computer are to have updated anti-virus software, download windows security updates when available, and avoid downloading screen savers and games from the internet. He also says being smart about where you go on the internet is key to avoid being infected.
Microsoft has offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hacker behind the Conficker virus, but Tester says that is a near-impossible task.“Even if they did (catch them),“ he says, “I don’t know the jurisdiction would reach, I about guarantee it’s from another country.“
For free downloads of anti-virus software, you can visit http://www.download.com .
To get advice if you think your computer has become infected, you can contact Tele-Optics at 423-723-2255, or visit them at http://www.tele-optics.com
There is a video on McAvoy’s website but I could not embed it. It is worth watching.
The Frugal Tech Show discusses the the 9 million PCs already infected.