Conficker C worm - April Fool's joke?

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A malicious computer worm was slated to hit April 1, but nothing noticeable happened.

The virus known as "Conficker C" is similar to another worm that threatened computers in January.

Virus experts say the worm has been dormant in PC's and is waiting to find out what its next step will be from the worm's creators.

Chief research officer at antivirus company F-Secure said so far that's the only sign of life from the bug.

According to the Associated Content, Conficker C is a worm (Trojan) that first surfaced in October 2008. It is also known as Kido and down up.

Conficker C specifically targets the Microsoft operating system.

While they don't know for sure what the symptoms of the virus are yet, experts think it may delete all the files on a person's computer, or turn the computer into a zombie, to send spam or attack other websites in an effort to shut those sites down.

There's also a theory the worm may be a spam program to get people to buy phony products.

The worm prevents computers from downloading automatic updates from Windows, so one quick way to see if your computer is infected is by checking to see if you have gotten automatic updates from Windows in March.

If you have the updates, your computer is probably fine. If you're not infected, you can take action to make sure you stay safe.

  • Don't open any suspicious links, emails or e-cards.
  • Keep your anti-virus protection up-to-date.
  • Take advantage of FREE downloadable spyware detection programs.

If you have an Apple computer that runs Windows software, check for updates as well to make sure you're protected.

A repair patch that can be found at Microsoft, BitDefender, Eset, Symantec, MaAfee, and AVG.

Microsoft has put a $250,000 bounty on Conficker's creators.  Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party gets the cash.

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