on 27-05-2012 04:17 PM
Google has embarked on a final campaign to warn the remaining half million PCs it estimates could still be infected with the DNSChanger malware that they risk losing Internet connectivity on July 9.
Starting this week, any users of Google's search tools who are detected redirecting to DNSChanger's now substituted domains will be splashed the stark warning "Your computer appears to be infected" with an accompanying link offering remediation advice.
"While we expect to notify over 500,000 users within a week, we realize we won't reach every affected user. Some ISPs have been taking their own actions, a few of which will prevent our warning from being displayed on affected devices," said Google's warning. (See also "Protect Yourself From DNSChanger.").
As many as half the users affected by DNSChange do not speak English and had not reacted to warnings already issued by the FBI and others, Google believed.
DNSChanger was the work of an Estonian criminal gang that recruited PCs into the bot without hindrance for several years until being busted by law enforcement Operation Ghost Click in November 2011.
Once infected PCs all browser visits were redirected through the gang's own DNS servers, now kept alive by court direction simply to give infected users time to unhitch themselves from these machines.
Estimates on infection vary but it is believed that at its peak DNSChanger infected four million PCs, including sizable numbers inside large US companies. An original cut-off date of March 8 was extended to July 9 to allow more users to remove the malware.
on 27-05-2012 07:04 PM
on 27-05-2012 07:16 PM
No way would I allow microsoft to scan my computer just cause some people got infected. Its bad enough that microsoft are dumbing down the experience to compete with apple.
27-05-2012 07:46 PM - edited 27-05-2012 07:46 PM
on 27-05-2012 07:54 PM
if turning down security is silly, then why are you even on windows? you turned down multiple different more secure alternatives to be on windows?
fact is, windows is secure enough that it should leave the security to 3rd parties, they shouldnt waste money because some people will get virus when others who use their computer in a more secure way wont.
Makes no sense.
on 27-05-2012 08:39 PM
on 27-05-2012 08:51 PM
You said it was silly to decline security, so why even go on windows? What in your profesional opinion warrants the risk? or are you now retracting your statement and saying that declining security is ok because nothing is secure you just wish more options were given for free?
Only small minorities of windows users have been affected, Microsoft patch security flaws at the industry standard rate, sometimes quicker. They have no obligation to provide free virus scanning, and from a profesional business point of view, its silly.
Basic business would suggest that they leave it to 3rd parties, most competent home users never get a virus, most people get them by being idiots, let them sort it themselves microsoft would be insane to spend money on it.
on 27-05-2012 09:14 PM
on 27-05-2012 09:28 PM
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