A week ago I had not heard about the Internet doomsday virus by the name of DNSChanger. However, the media has suddenly decided that it’s something that deserves our attention, and I have seen a lot of press about it over the past few days. If your business (or personal, for that matter) computers are infected with the DNSChanger virus, then starting on Monday you will not be able to access the Internet. Period. According to the FBI, the virus at its peak infected up to 4 million computers. While that number has declined, there are still a lot of computers out there with the virus. And one of them could be yours.
So what can you do to find out if your computer is infected? Simply go to the DNSChanger check up site at http://www.dns-ok.us. If the page loads with a green background, then your computer is okay, and you can sleep easy tonight. If the page loads with a red background, then your computer is infected, and you’ll need to take steps to remove the virus before Monday.
As the Internet becomes increasingly important to businesses, it’s more important than ever before to ensure that access is not interrupted. By taking a few minutes of your time now, you can potentially save many hours of pain on Monday dealing with the DNSChanger virus and an infected (and disabled) computer.
For more information about the DNSChanger virus, visit the FBI website at: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/november/malware_110911