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The following information is from an article in today's, 'Windows Secrets' newsletter.
The Conficker Worm is set to be activated remotely on April 1st.
How to update your PC and remove Conficker...
The following steps should prevent infection by Conficker and eliminate the worm, if your PC has it. One positive side effect is that you'll enjoy a computer with up-to-date patches:
Step 1. Attempt to run Microsoft Update. The Conficker worm can infect vulnerable computers merely by connecting to them remotely via the Internet. For this reason, you should first try to patch Windows before removing Conficker, lest your machine quickly become infected again. It's particularly important to install Microsoft patch 958644 (security bulletin MS08-067). This patch closes a hole in Windows' Remote Procedure Call, which Conficker exploits.
Step 2. Attempt to update your third-party security software. Having the latest antivirus signatures will help eradicate Conficker and other malware that may be lurking on your PC. Use your security software's menu to manually update to the latest defenses.
Step 3 (optional). Run a standalone Conficker removal tool, if need be.
If you can't access BDTools.net or any other security site from your PC, find a machine that isn't infected (such as a public-access workstation at a library). Don't use a search engine to look for removal tools, some of which are bogus. Instead, download a removal tool from the Working Group's certified list onto a USB drive, and then use that drive to run the software on the infected PC. click here
After removing Conficker, if you couldn't previously complete Steps 1 and 2 successfully, go back now and finish those steps to update Windows and your security software.
Once you've completed Steps 1 and 2, do Step 4.
Step 4. Run Secunia's Software Inspector to catch missing application patches. Third-party applications, especially media players, are more likely to suffer from security holes than Windows itself is. The security firm Secunia.com offers a free scan, informing you when your PC is running an insecure version of an application that has a security patch available. Secunia Software Inspector offers three options:
(a) a free online scan;
(b) a free download for individual users; click here If you intend to use the online Secunia version you will need to have Java installed. If you haven't then click here These are all FREE programmes.
There is some more information, read pcadvisor news item
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