Check your computer today and stay connected

dnschangercheckToday, July 9, is the day when hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide could suddenly lose access to the internet.

It’s when the FBI will shut down some DNS servers it set up last year as a protective measure against a group of people who had created malware called DNSChanger that spread via an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers.

This malware modifies DNS settings to use malicious servers that point users to fake websites and other harmful locations. DNSChanger attempts to modify the settings on home routers as well, meaning other computers and mobile devices may also be affected.

The malicious DNS servers would give fake answers, altering user searches, and promoting fake and dangerous products. Because every web search starts with DNS, the malware shows users an altered version of the internet.

So if your computer is infected with this malware, you’ll likely be offline once the FBI pulls the switch today.

How will you know if your computer is affected? Well, the obvious way is if you suddenly can’t get online. Of course, that can be for many reasons: network down, power outage, etc.

You can find out whether your computer is infected by a simple check at this website run by The DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG):

Check the DCWG list for websites offering this in languages other than English.

If the resulting page is green, you’re in the clear. If it’s red, your computer may be infected. DCWG offers advice on how can you fix, remove, and recover from a DNSChanger violation.

Stay safe – and connected.

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Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Melonie Dodaro

    I’m just so glad I’m still connected. Thanks for sharing the link, I just hope that everything will be ok soon enough, I would really not want anybody getting affected by this.

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