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How to save your computer from July 9 blackout

With millions of Internet users set to lose their internet connectivity due to a malware, FBI is offering step-by-step guide on finding out if your computer is infected and how to fix it

BANGALORE, INDIA: Search giant Google has joined the FBI in creating awareness about a malware that is said to have infected several computers worldwide. Google has warned that millions of users could lose the internet connection on July 9 if precautionary measures are not taken. Couple of months ago, when the FBI detected the infection by DNSChanger malware they set up safety servers to ensure the infected PCs continued working – but as the cost of that seems to be too high they are planning to ‘pull the plug’ on July 9. It means that after that day the infected users will not get the internet connection.

The FBI has been encouraging people to visit their website and find out if their system is infected and find a solution to fix it.

Of the 350,000 infected machines worldwide, 85,000 are in the U.S and 20,000 are in the UK. The FBI is seeking information from individuals, corporate entities, and Internet Services Providers. The malware DNSChanger, which sends users of the Web to illegal sites, modifies the Domain Name Service (DNS) and directs the computers to receive incorrect results from rogue DNS servers.

Information on how to determine your DNS settings, along with other technical details about DNSChanger, can be found at http://1.usa.gov/w0AZqe. The website has a quick way to determine if you are infected and is designed for any normal computer user to browse a link, follow the instructions, and see if they are infected.

If one believes that they have been victimized, they are required to provide DNS information. If you are found to be affected by DNSChanger then click onhttp://bit.ly/tcoBD6, which, in simple steps, offers to fix the problem.

Source: May 2012