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Dangerous computer worm set to attack on April 1st


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http://tech.yahoo.co... ... e-april-1/



In an event that hits the computer world only once every few years, security experts are racing against time to mitigate the impact of a bit of malware which is set to wreak havoc on a hard-coded date. As is often the case, that date is April 1.



Malware creators love to target April Fool's Day with their wares, and the latest worm, called Conficker C, could be one of the most damaging attacks we've seen in years.




I'd advise you all to run Microsoft update, run virus updates and then scan your system.

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Backup is the best option. Also, make sure you have windows xp service pack 3 or windows vista service pack 1. If you've already been infected, it's too late, although no one knows what the virus will actually do as of now.

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As I said before, there's worse out there. I'd advise to upgrade to a good AV (Avira - free, NOD32 - pay), keep your OS up to date, back up your stuff to an external hard drive, and not to visit anything suspicious. Hopefully someone will find a fix for it the meantime.
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Probably an april's fools joke.

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Probably an april's fools joke.


+1, that's what I'm thinking.

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Probably an april's fools joke.


Viruses have a history of exploding on april first.

As I said before, there's worse out there. I'd advise to upgrade to a good AV (Avira - free, NOD32 - pay), keep your OS up to date, back up your stuff to an external hard drive, and not to visit anything suspicious. Hopefully someone will find a fix for it the meantime.




"The meantime" is 4 days left. Microsoft has 1000+ people working on it since early January and they still haven't found a solution. Almost every common antivirus program can't remove this virus, and it automatically disables Windows defender, liveupdate, your firewall and antivirus. I've seen part of the code for this virus, and whoever made it was, honestly, a genius. He thought of pretty much everything, and the way things look now, there could be a ton of damage come april 1st.



I could go into more detail about what makes it so unique but it probably isn't worth it :P

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I didn't say it's definitely going to happen in the next 4 days, I just said it could. Sure they may have been working since January, but there's still hope.



Also, things like this also have the habit of being overhyped scareware. It's not the first time it's happened, and doubtless it'll happen again. Sure, taking precautions is absolutely essential, but it wouldn't surprise me if the whole thing was just a hoax that creates a file called lol.txt on your desktop or something similar.
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I made a thread about this in Off-Topic already :D

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I didn't say it's definitely going to happen in the next 4 days, I just said it could. Sure they may have been working since January, but there's still hope.



Also, things like this also have the habit of being overhyped scareware. It's not the first time it's happened, and doubtless it'll happen again. Sure, taking precautions is absolutely essential, but it wouldn't surprise me if the whole thing was just a hoax that creates a file called lol.txt on your desktop or something similar.




Most worms and viruses are way over hyped. They always say that this new virus is going to be a killer that going to infect millions and it usually does not happen.



Keep your system updated and have a good antivirus scanner and you will be fine.
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I didn't say it's definitely going to happen in the next 4 days, I just said it could. Sure they may have been working since January, but there's still hope.



Also, things like this also have the habit of being overhyped scareware. It's not the first time it's happened, and doubtless it'll happen again. Sure, taking precautions is absolutely essential, but it wouldn't surprise me if the whole thing was just a hoax that creates a file called lol.txt on your desktop or something similar.




Most worms and viruses are way over hyped. They always say that this new virus is going to be a killer that going to infect millions and it usually does not happen.



Keep your system updated and have a good antivirus scanner and you will be fine.






The thing with this one is that it's built in such a way that we have no idea what it will actually do. This one has the potential to infect many and already has, the UK ministry of defense has this virus in their system already.

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the UK ministry of defense has this virus in their system already.




Source?
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the UK ministry of defense has this virus in their system already.




Source?


Finding, give me a minute.



Wikipedia, even though its "not trustworthy". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conficker



http://www.californi...cles/view/94870



This is interesting as well: http://www.nytimes.c... ... r=1&ref=us

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LOL. If the ministry of defence has it, why am I not suprised?

Most household computers have better defence than those idiots. :lol:

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*makes sure not to start computer 1st of April*



In reality, if you have good anti-virus, you should be set.

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*makes sure not to start computer 1st of April*



In reality, if you have good anti-virus, you should be set.


The fact is, most antivirus programs are unable to detect/remove this virus, as it immediately renders them useless upon infection. It's more important to have windows xp sp3 or vista sp1, those have the necessary things in place to prevent infection.

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Afaik SP2 will be supported for as long as SP3. Extended support for XP stays the same for both service packs, presumably since SP3 was released after Vista. Still worth getting though (which I can't :wall:)
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Afaik SP2 will be supported for as long as SP3. Extended support for XP stays the same for both service packs, presumably since SP3 was released after Vista. Still worth getting though (which I can't :wall:)


The problem is that this virus was released after sp2, the exploit it used was fixed by a patch thats included with sp3 and vista sp1, so if you have sp2 and haven't upgraded you are still vulnerable.

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Probably an april's fools joke.




Read the posts in the topic before you post something as ignorant as that - seriously dude, forget your Runescape account; this quite likely attack could seriously damage your whole system.

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Probably an april's fools joke.




Read the posts in the topic before you post something as ignorant as that - seriously dude, forget your Runescape account; this quite likely attack could seriously damage your whole system.


You're taking this too much seriously.



Imo it will probably be something that won't even show up.

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the exploit it used was fixed by a patch thats included with sp3 and vista sp1




Then why did you say:



Microsoft has 1000+ people working on it since early January and they still haven't found a solution.




Surely it doesn't take 1000 people just to fix the code and ship it in the regular update for sp2? If MS cared ,which they do (they have a $250,000 reward on the creator of this), they'd ship it regardless of what service pack you have.
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