DNS changer malware warning for Jul 9, 2012
Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:55 AM
By nature I'm a suspicious woman when it comes to computer malware warnings that refuse to divulge any specific data on the nature of the threat. Additional searching led me to something called the DNSChanger trojan. Some information I found on http://news.cnet.com...ware-infection/, since i happen to trust cnet generally. Another site at http://www.pcmag.com...,2401227,00.asp led me to the fact that this particular malware appears to be a variant form of rootkit.
Because i happen to be a very "hands-on" woman and not one to pay comcast $100+ for stuff i can do myself i downloaded the kaspersky TDSSKiller utility/ And, since i don't particularly care to download additional "accelerators that spam ads" at me I chose not do download from the Kaspersky site and instead went with the softpedia site http://www.softpedia...DSSKiller.shtml. Once the software (a zip file) was downloaded and checked with spybot, clamwin, malwarebytes and Ad-aware I unzipped and ran it. It needed a website hook to complete but my system came up clean.
Upshot is this. If you need to check your system for this particular malware and you feel comfortable with your system you can check and clean your system yourself without the need to jump up on unfamiliar websites that may or may not themselves be compromised. The Yahoo news article was a whole lot less than informative and was pretty much designed to be more of a scare message than anything helpful.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 01:59 PM
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:00 AM
I am not concerned about the malware itself so much as the fact that a MASSIVE portion of U.S. Internet traffic has been redirecting through a government controlled (and monitored?) server system for over a year now. :shock:
Very disconcerting. :?