Origins: Thousands of computer users could lose access to the Internet on July 9 due to a virus, DNSChanger, that once infected approximately
The Federal Bureau of Investigation first gave details about the virus in November 2011, when it announced the arrest of the malware’s authors. The virus, as its name indicates, affected computers’ abilities to correctly access the Internet’s DNS system — essentially,
The FBI shut down the operation and built a safety net of new servers to redirect traffic from those infected with the virus. But that safety net is going offline on
You can determine if your computer has the virus through a number of checker Web sites, such as the DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) or the FBI.
If your PC is infected with the virus, you can run one of several trusted tools to get rid of the virus. The DCWG has a list of such tools on its site.
| DNSChanger FAQ
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