DNSChanger Malware: The Last Stand

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Reports of the DNSChanger malware having affected millions of PC’s has been floating about for a while now with no one taking any real heed and definitely not much action. Most of the criticism was leveled at Google for not taking care of the infection soon enough and moreover, for finding no real strategy to warn users and inform them of their status. Many users continued using their PCs completely unaware that they were potentially already affected, worrying more about computer monitoring and web tracking entanglements.

Google Notifications
And so, while half the population settled into an ignorant comfort zone, Google is finally taking the last stand. According to Google, roughly half a million PCs are possibly still infected with the malware. And the prediction is that these PCs may lose their internet connections on July 9. Which really only leaves a short time to track down and medicate infected systems. So, if you found yourself under the complacent notion that you’ve escaped from its clutches, think again.
Starting now, Google has finally decided to just start tracking infect

Don’t Depend on Them
 So what do you do if you’re one of those unfortunate souls that never got the message and are already facing problems such as viruses and PC monitoring software? Here’s how to check whether you’ve been infected or not:
1. Use your web browser to one of the DNSChanger Checker websites that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. If your PC is clean or infected, it will assess the damages and tell you.
2. Sometimes the websites that claim to check your systems are actually misreading things if your router is infected, or if your ISP is redirecting traffic it may appear your system is safe. So for those situations check manually :

· To look up domain names for your Windows 7, run the Command Prompt Application from your Start menu. You can also type cmd in the search field.
· Once a command prompt is open, type, ‘ipconfig/allcompartments/all’ at the command line and press ENTER.
·  Look through the text that appears. The line that says DNS Servers should contain strings of numbers. Copy all of them if there is more than one.
· Open the FBI DNS Changer website. Enter those addresses into the Search box.
· Use the Check Your DNS option and the site will tell you whether your PC is infected or not.

So once you know the state of your PC, take the actions to remove the malware as a part of the last stand. No need to wait around for Google warnings to reach you.ed systems and sending them warnings. Any infected systems found using Google Search Tools will be notified that their system is infected and that they should fix it. The ‘fix’ Google is offering them is really just a link offering options users can take. Not much help really but it’s a wonder they even decided to take some notice or the other.  
But the reality is pretty stark. Even Google knows it. They’ve released a statement acknowledging they won’t be able to reach every user within a week though they’ll try to. A number of reasons come into this including the fact that half the users probably don’t speak English. Also, that servers must have taken their own action against the threat and perhaps the Google notifications and warnings will not be entertained on them.


Natalia David is the author contributes towards PC monitoring software and keylogger technology. She provides tips, tricks and news about computer and internet security. You can also follow her on Twitter @NataliaDavid4 to get the latest tips about computer security.

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