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DNSChanger malware

A piece of malware called DNSChanger will kick thousands of Mac and PC users off the Internet as an threat starting  July 9, 2012 (Monday), and there’s a chance you could be one of them, as stated one of the article msn.com and yahoo news.

The FBI is shutting down domains that have been affected by the DNSChanger malware, which has been circulating the web. How the malware works? Well as far as the information spreading,  The malware redirected Internet traffic to sites with paid advertisements where cybercriminals reaped profit $$  from unsuspecting visitors.

The trojan’s creators  six Estonian nationals  shut down their services when they were caught and arrested about eight months ago.

Although the FBI has been urging consumers for months to check if their systems have been affected by DNSChanger, about 275,000 computers are still at risk of not having Internet access on Monday, July 9.

To check your machine if your infected with DNSChanger malware you can use the following tools below.

How to protect your computer from viruses and malware

Just a basic write-up base on my experience and what I’ve learned from doing research secure your computer from different treats using opensource software and some freeware software. Based on the toolkit produce by Tactical Technology Collective, Security in a Box.  Now a days, we are having a problem how to secure our computer from different treats namely viruses, malware, spyware and off-course hackers.  For antivirus software ,i would recommend using a freeware software name AVAST for windows, which is easy to use, regularly updated and well-respected by anti-virus experts. It requires that you register once every 14 months, but registration, updates and the program itself are all free-of-charge. Or if you want a FOSS Alternative you can use CLAM WIN. the various well-known commercial anti-virus programs. Although it lacks certain features that are important for a primary anti-virus program, CLAM WIN has the advantage that it can be run from a USB memory stick in order to scan a computer on which you are not allowed to install software. This is extremely helpful when you have no choice but to use public computers or Internet cafes for sensitive work.

Now the next step question in our mind is that, I’ve already install anti-virus software on my unit, am i already secure? well the answer is yes for viruses only. there is still a lot of treats like malware and adware. If looking for a tools for anti-spyware i’ll recommend using spybot is one such program, and it does a very good job of identifying and removing certain types of malware that anti-virus programs simply ignore. Just like with anti-virus software, though, it is extremely important that you update Spybot’s malware definitions and run regular scans. Now you have two application installed on your unit, lastly you will need a firewall to monitor incoming and outgoing activity from your unit.

We all know that the recent versions of Microsoft Windows include a built-in firewall, which is now turned on automatically. Unfortunately, the Windows firewall is limited in many ways. In particular, it does not examine outgoing connections, and it can be somewhat difficult to use. For alternative application there is a freeware program called COMODO FIREWALL, which you can keep your computer more secure.

Note:

  • Not recommend to install two anti-virus on your unit, it will crash your unit.
  • Always keep up-to-date your software since all application is freeware and open source.

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