Malware Monday – How to Check if Your PC is Infected
Malware Monday is almost near. By July 9, 2012, the FBI will temporarily put a stop on thousands of servers that are still affected by the infamous malware called DNSChanger. This malware was created five years ago and its creators, 6 Estonian nationals, were already arrested, however, it has been reported that more than sixty thousand computers are still affected. So, how does the DNSChanger malware affect our computers? This malware was specifically designed to alter your DNS or Domain Name System which is responsible for translating URLs to IP addresses. So, when users type a web address like www.Google.com, they are routed to a bogus website instead. Those responsible were reported to have stolen up to fourteen million dollars. If you want to avoid Malware Monday and still have internet connectivity during that time, here are some essential steps to take. First, make sure that all your files are backed-up. It is highly recommended to take the time to backup all your files from your computer. This way you wouldn’t have to worry if some files get corrupted or deleted in case your computer is indeed infected. Keep in mind that backing up your files has to be done before you make any modifications to any software found on your PC. Second, ensure that your antivirus has been updated. If you bump into problems updating your antivirus then there’s a huge possibility that your computer may already be infected with the DNSChanger or some sort of malware. And in case, your PC does not have existing antivirus software, you have the option to purchase one that can provide superior protection to your computer. Here’s a list of antivirus software that we recommend because they have always provided high level protection for users without being too costly. There are also antivirus software that you can download online for FREE such as Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, and more. Third, check if your computer is infected with this malware. You can go to this web address http://dns-ok.us/and if the DNS Resolution states green then this mean your PC is safe. If it shows red, then your DNS has been compromised. However, there’s still a possibility that your DNS is fine but you PC is infected with a different type of malware. If this is the case then proceed to the next step.