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How to remove Mikeyy and Conficker

Rid your PC of two pestilent infections

Prevent, detect and destroy a Conficker infection

1. Microsoft included a Conficker detection tool in a security update it issued in late March. It's important that your copy of Windows is up to date with the latest Microsoft patches. Go to update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate (in Internet Explorer) and turn on Automatic Updates.

Battling Conficker: step 1

2. To stop infected USB sticks or DVDs infecting your PC, disable Autorun. Instructions for all versions of Windows are given at tinyurl.com/akrbm2. As it involves editing your PC's Registry, you should first back up your PC and set a System Restore point. If you're not sure how to back up the Registry, don't do it.

Battling Conficker: step 2

3. Make sure you have up-to-date, reputable antivirus software on your machine. Visit tinyurl.com/PCAsecurityreviews to research security software. You can't cut corners here: free ‘security scan' websites may redirect you to sites that infect you. Scammers have even attempted to spoof reputable reviews sites such as ours.

Battling Conficker: step 3

4. Like many worms, Conficker uses random file extension names to avoid detection - make sure your security software is set to scan all files. This should happen by default; to be absolutely sure, open your security suite's user interface and ensure the correct option is selected.

Battling Conficker: step 4

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