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Old 03-31-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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Windows users: What are you doing about Conficker (Downadup) worm? It is expected to be activated, to do no one really knows what, on April 1 (i.e., tomorrow).

I see a lot about it on TV (“Sixty Minutes,” notably), in the newspapers, etc., but not much discussion in the places I visit online.

U.S.-CERT has information and some speculation.

Mac users who do not run Windows on their machines are thought to be unaffected.

   
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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Windows users: What are you doing about Conficker (Downadup) worm? It is expected to be activated, to do no one really knows what, on April 1 (i.e., tomorrow).

I see a lot about it on TV (“Sixty Minutes,” notably), in the newspapers, etc., but not much discussion in the places I visit online.

U.S.-CERT has information and some speculation.

Mac users who do not run Windows on their machines are thought to be unaffected.
My DSL provider supplies a subscription to a security suite for Windows users. The vendor's site says I'm covered, and if I were infected, I wouldn't be able to get to that site.
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My DSL provider supplies a subscription to a security suite for Windows users. The vendor's site says I'm covered, and if I were infected, I wouldn't be able to get to that site.
That sounds good. If it is that easy, why the concern?

I suppose it is the not knowing what might happen.

   
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That sounds good. If it is that easy, why the concern?
I guess there are a lot of people who don't understand the dangers and don't take even minimal precautions. Seems hard to believe, and yet ...

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I suppose it is the not knowing what might happen.
Someone on the radio today said if the goals of the originators are financial, the malware may work stealthily, and the effects may not be obvious for a while.
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Old 03-31-2009, 04:56 PM   #5
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I'm guessing that all of the sites with removal tools/patches are getting heavily pounded right now.

I've tried to follow the links to a couple of the downloads with no luck.

I was able to d/l Symantec's removal tool; it gave the system a clean bill of health.

So it seems that if you can't reach the pages with the patches it may be that you're infected, or it may be that the servers can't keep up with us all.

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I'm guessing that all of the sites with removal tools/patches are getting heavily pounded right now.
The site I went did respond slowly.
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I believe MS rolled out a patch to fix the vulnerability back in January so any Win users who have allowed Win update should be OK. There are worries about network stations & Win servers which may not have been patched.

The fix for infected machines is available in a lot of places, such as http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208279973

   
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I was able to get to both MacAfee's and Symantec's sites w/ no appreciable delays, but as of 11am EDT, I'm still not able to get to www.microsoft.com.

Very weird.

   
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Windows users: What are you doing about Conficker (Downadup) worm?
Nothing specifically. I just keep my AV software updated at all times.

   
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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This was a local situation in the Chicago area with a server there. Over in Norton Forums we had one user who absolutely could not reach www.microsoft.com although he could reach Windows Update and someone posted a link that said this was the case in that locality.

I had no problems at all with the link he posted. Are you in the Chicago area by any chance?

   
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