The Conficker Worm and April 1 Security Warnings

March 31, 2009

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans has received several emails and telephone calls from concerned Microsoft business clients regarding Sunday’s 60 Minutes segment about a piece of malware that is now living on millions of computers, mainly in corporations.

So far, the malware authors who created Conficker have not activated the worm. Conficker is dormant on PCs and waiting for instructions. Security experts from around the world warned that the latest variant of the Conficker worm, known as Conficker.C, may ‘become active on April 1’. Warnings from every security firm recommend precautions against the fast-mutating malware computer worm poised to strike on Wednesday, April 1.

The Conficker worm propagates among computers running Microsoft Windows software, spreading from one infected computer to another.  PCs with an un-patched vulnerabilitynetwork shares or auto play for portable storage devices like USB-drives are the primary propagation methods . The only computers that appear to be infected have not been updated with new security information. Conficker is one of the more complicated malware programs developed to date that disables security features like Microsoft Windows Automatic Update.

According to Microsoft, if your computer is infected with this worm, you may not experience any symptoms, or you may experience any of the following symptoms:
•    Account lockout policies are being tripped.
•    Automatic Updates, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Defender, and Error Reporting Services are disabled.
•    Domain controllers respond slowly to client requests.
•    The network is congested.
•    Various security-related Web sites cannot be accessed.
For more information about the Win32/Conficker malware, visit the following Microsoft Malware Protection Center Web page:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Entry.aspx?Name=Win32/Conficker

If you suspect your business network may be infected with Conficker, call Onsite today for help blocking this malware before the purported April 1 (Wednesday) activation date.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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