Monday morning about seven-thousand computers in Canada could be shut out from the internet.
Computers were infected by malware months ago; while the bad guys were arrested the virus is still out there.
The FBI stepped in to keep infected computers running by contracting a private company to keep the servers working; however that contract ends Monday morning at 12:01AM. With that taking place thousands of computers worldwide will no longer be able to access the internet.
Doctor Thomas Keenan of the University of Calgary was on 630 CHED’s Rutherford Show Friday morning to talk about how you can find out if your infected, “The good news is it’s trivial easy to find out whether or not you’re infected. All you do is go to www.dns-ok.ca and you’re either going to see a green screen or a red screen. If you’re not infected you don’t have to worry about this, if you see the red screen you better do something between now and Monday morning.”
Keenan added what to do if you find that you have a red screen, “Luckily smart people at Windows, Norton, and McAfee have created removal tools for it and their all available for free online; so there’s another website, www.dcwg.org , so it’s dns changer working group, that’s what the dcwg is. And there are links on there so you can get one of these tools and you can run the thing and as long as you do it before Monday morning and it works you’ve cleaned the thing off your computer." (pb)