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Warning from FBI Alureon Virus

BenG
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Registered: ‎22-08-2007

Warning from FBI Alureon Virus

Hi I was reading the mail today and was reading this page about a new virus that changes your dns and redirects to scam sites, I was also reading that as of Monday if computer are infected then your Internet maybe cut off, anyway I thought I share this page as it has a tester page here.
http://www.dns-ok.us/
If you get all green it seems your ok
Anyway full story is here they also provide links to Anti-Virus software to help clean infected computers.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2169130/Alureon-virus-FBI-warn-PC-WILL-kicked-interne...
Anyway hope no one minds me posting this, But I think it important to know.
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NorthRiding
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Registered: ‎07-04-2010

Could the internet really shut down? DNS CHANGER virus-Need we worry?

Just read an article on this in the Daily Telegraph.
Apparently, the FBI have been running servers to prevent infection but they are switching their servers off next Monday 9th July 2012.
The article begins "Could the internet really shut down?
Thousands of users around the world are likely to lose internet access on Monday thanks to a virus called DNS Changer.................."
It continues"When it turns it off on Monday, some 350,000 people will lose their connections, of whom around 20,000 live in Britain."

SHOULD WE WORRY, DO WE HAVE TO DO ANYTHING OR WILL PLUSNET "PROTECT" USHuhHuhHuh 
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Re: Warning from FBI Alureon Virus

Topics merged
Plusnet won't protect you but you can check if you are affected on the link in the first post
NorthRiding
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Registered: ‎07-04-2010

Re: Warning from FBI Alureon Virus

Thanks for the link BenG (and for the merge OldJim - did a search for DNS changer and only found an old reference (April)).
Just did a quick check using the link and again, it comes up green which appears to be all ok.
Thanks a lot.
kmilburn
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Re: Warning from FBI Alureon Virus

This isn't exactly a new virus..  The FBI shutdown the botnet in November of last year and have had their own servers in place.
It's these servers that are being shutdown, which could affect 300,000+ users  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/05/dnschanger_botnet_shutdown/.