The countdown begins (DNS Changer Malware)

 

Well tonight at 12 midnight EDT the FBI will disconnect the substitute server they put online. See:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/36219

There are still about 45,600 U.S. users that are infected and about 250,000 worldwide.

If you haven't visited Google (they have automatic code to detect the malware when you go there) or visited http://www.dcwg.org (they have code as well), then after midnight you'll no longer have an internet connection - if you havn't removed the malware.

Once you have lost the internet, you'll have to get your service provider to walk you thru the removal process using the telephone.

Check with your friends and relatives and have them visit the sites listed above - just to be sure. Don't want to go thru POI Factory withdrawal do you?

BTW - some of the users with the malware are businesses!

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA
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I've been hearing

About this for at least 6 mos now. You have to ask yourself "Why would the FBI care if I have Internet?" What possible reason would the FBI have for spending their budget on one or more servers so some careless folks could keep their Internet service for a few months more? Could the FBI be connected with the malware?

The most terrifying phrase in the English language is "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."

No Way

jackj180 wrote:

About this for at least 6 mos now. You have to ask yourself "Why would the FBI care if I have Internet?" What possible reason would the FBI have for spending their budget on one or more servers so some careless folks could keep their Internet service for a few months more? Could the FBI be connected with the malware?

The most terrifying phrase in the English language is "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."

Nooooooo way!

The FBI will be blamed for the loss of the internet. You know that there is no way the end-user will blame themselves for not having Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware software. MS even has some pretty decent software for FREE, and people still won't do it. Oh, I forgot, MS will install Spyware when you install it. LOL

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Scary

I have heard about this virus and plan to stay off the internet tomorrow.

Why?

It's a warning for people that do. Do you have it? If so, you won't have to worry about 'staying off the 'net'. wink

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

You don't understand the situation.

bsp131 wrote:

I have heard about this virus and plan to stay off the internet tomorrow.

You don't understand the situation. If you were infected with this virus in the past, you won't be able to access the internet from midnight forward until you have your software and data corrected. There is no virus infection coming tomorrow.

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Zumo 550 & Zumo 665 My alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.

You can check by...

You can check by going to
www.dns-ok.us

If you see green, you are ok

Would not have accessed this site normally, but I saw this on CNN (which I assumed made it safe - but I checked it out at Computerworld to be sure)

something i would not worry

something i would not worry about myself.

More hype about nothing

Just like all the computers were going to crash for the new millennium, NOT

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Not sure if this will help.

Not sure if this will help. Either you are infected or you are not....regardless of when you get back on the internet. Good luck!

oooo countdown

lets see cheetoes beer , no worries im good lol

Happili.com redirect virus

I got this on my brand new laptop about 2 months ago, and talk about a pain in the a$$!. I had to use my wifes laptop and download everything I needed to fix it. No problems since then. Here is some info on how to fix the problem: http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2012/04/remove-happili-red...

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If you're still on line as of 12:01 EST, you don't have a problem.

So far, so good. wink

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Hijack This!

Yet another reason to use a Linux machine for surfing. It's not just for servers anymore.

PE boot disks generally work pretty well against this sort of malware but when all of your favorite "click here to remove malware" tools fail, RunScanner and IceSword are my tools of choice.

HiJackThis used to be my favorite expert tool but it misses too many entries that are likely to be used these days.

- Phil

Speaking of Linux boxes - excellent intro...

"IF" you were impacted, and need to be able to fix your computer... You may enjoy the Linux world for a spell.

Here's what I meant: get hold of a Live CD, any Ubuntu will do the trick for example. Insert the CD in your PC, and reboot your machine. The Live CD will launch, will ask you a few very basic questions, and then give you a taste of the environment - without installing anything on your machine's hard disk. You will however be able to use the included browser, and therefore go grab any tools you need to fix your broken box.

And who knows, perhaps you'll also realize that Ubuntu is a simple environment, and give you enough incentive to start using it more frequently ? I know for example that all my home machines are running Linux - and I don't have a single pirated application anywhere at home !

Hmm, this got me thinking, now. If you already have a Virtual machine on your PC, and your Windows is "broken" and web-less. Can you still access the Web from the Linux hosted machine ? I'll have no way of testing this, but if anyone can check this... Might be fun and good to know !

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Ain't nuthin' never just right to do the things you wanna do when you wanna do them, so you best just go ahead and do them anyway ! (Rancid Crabtree, from Pat F McManus fame)

Monday Morning...

... and my PCs are fine! grin

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2019.30 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

Wondering...

...who actually got hit with this? Please say "I" if you did. smile

...if they could get online...

grin

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

Checked It

jgermann wrote:

You can check by going to
www.dns-ok.us

If you see green, you are ok

Would not have accessed this site normally, but I saw this on CNN (which I assumed made it safe - but I checked it out at Computerworld to be sure)

Mine is Green. I use MS Security Essentials, it's free, and I have never had a virus, ever.

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Larry - Nuvi 680, Nuvi 1690, Nuvi 2797LMT

All is well here. If the

All is well here.

If the FBI would have just turned off the server where traffic was being rerouted there would have been a huge number of people without service. What they di was temporarily replace the bad server with one of their own and then tried to get the word out to everyone.

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John B - Garmin 765T

If you can read this...

...you're computer is OK. Now go do something productive!

DONTWANNADONTWANNADONTWANNADONTWANNA

nickboltz wrote:

...you're computer is OK. Now go do something productive!

don't....wanna......

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Go do something productive?

nickboltz wrote:

...you're computer is OK. Now go do something productive!

Like look for cheap gas?

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Garmin Nuvi 765T, Garmin Drive 60LM

Virus protection software

ahsumtoy wrote:
jgermann wrote:

You can check by going to
www.dns-ok.us

If you see green, you are ok

Would not have accessed this site normally, but I saw this on CNN (which I assumed made it safe - but I checked it out at Computerworld to be sure)

Mine is Green. I use MS Security Essentials, it's free, and I have never had a virus, ever.

I also use MS Security Essentials and use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for additional protection.

Gas

Jery wrote:
nickboltz wrote:

...you're computer is OK. Now go do something productive!

Like look for cheap gas?

I can find 'cheap' gas anywhere, but not inexpensive gas.

razz

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

nothing

that many computers in the US and worldwide, trivial, don't understand the big deal.

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___________________ Garmin 2455, 855, Oregon 550t

Local news

Our local newspaper finally had an article about this. In today's newspaper.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

well.

David King wrote:

Our local newspaper finally had an article about this. In today's newspaper.

Because they couldn't get on the Internet they might have wondered why and the newspaper would have told them.

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Why didn't the FBI .....

John.jcb wrote:

All is well here.

If the FBI would have just turned off the server where traffic was being rerouted there would have been a huge number of people without service. What they di was temporarily replace the bad server with one of their own and then tried to get the word out to everyone.

What I don't understand is why the FBI didn't just route all the users to one website that explained the problem and how to fix it from the gitgo. It would not have been hard to do, but then I guess there would still be non-believers!

Edit: Plus all the exposure by not doing it.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Well, some didn't get the message

See:

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/08/users-need-to-to-c...

An estimated 41,800 U.S. users did not get the message. Not so bad, as long as you weren't one of them. Ay least some of the service providers are setting up their own servers for the affected users.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

So glad that this was not as

So glad that this was not as bad as it could have been.

Glad I wasn't one of them.

Glad I wasn't one of them.

Glad I wasn't one of them.

Glad I wasn't one of them.

I reality,

the government should have cycled the server connections off and on on a regular basis. People are complacent. If it works, why bother looking for a solution. Make it a PITA, then they'll look to fix it...

My two cents

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

Cheap Gas....

Jery wrote:

Like look for cheap gas?

I only have to go as far as my kitchen cupboard to get cans of "Cheap Gas"! grin wink

Nuvi1300WTGPS

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I'm not really lost.... just temporarily misplaced!

If You're Reading This...

If you're reading this I guess it's safe to assume that you were not affected.

Me either wink

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OK.....so where the heck am I?

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dave817 wrote:
bsp131 wrote:

I have heard about this virus and plan to stay off the internet tomorrow.

You don't understand the situation. If you were infected with this virus in the past, you won't be able to access the internet from midnight forward until you have your software and data corrected. There is no virus infection coming tomorrow.

No reply. I guess bsp131 is so scared and still hiding today.

No guts....

chewbacca wrote:
dave817 wrote:
bsp131 wrote:

I have heard about this virus and plan to stay off the internet tomorrow.

You don't understand the situation. If you were infected with this virus in the past, you won't be able to access the internet from midnight forward until you have your software and data corrected. There is no virus infection coming tomorrow.

No reply. I guess bsp131 is so scared and still hiding today.

...no glory!

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Thanks -

Thanks for the "Heads Up". My computer checked out to be A-Okay and ready. Since it's Tuesday as I write this, It appears I really am Okay.

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David King wrote:

No Guts...no glory!

I'll remind you to say exactly that the next time there's a software upgrade for your unit mrgreen

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Putting my foot in my mouth

canuk wrote:
David King wrote:

No Guts...no glory!

I'll remind you to say exactly that the next time there's a software upgrade for your unit mrgreen

Yeah. For example Chrome. It broke, reportedly because of a incompatibility with AVG.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Vice Versa

jackj180 wrote:

About this for at least 6 mos now. You have to ask yourself "Why would the FBI care if I have Internet?" What possible reason would the FBI have for spending their budget on one or more servers so some careless folks could keep their Internet service for a few months more? Could the FBI be connected with the malware?

The most terrifying phrase in the English language is "I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."

This is the way FBI telling people: Hey, I can hijack your computer without you knowing about it.

DNS Changer

Well, I guess I am safe. Checked it last week and got a green square. Thanks for telling us POI Factory folks about the website.

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garrettramsey21 wrote:

I got this on my brand new laptop about 2 months ago, and talk about a pain in the a$$!. I had to use my wifes laptop and download everything I needed to fix it. No problems since then. Here is some info on how to fix the problem: http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2012/04/remove-happili-redirect-virus-uninstall.html

I never trust a system once it is infected with malware. I'd still format and reinstall my system if it's been hit once, even if anti malware successfully cleans the infection and scan result turns out negative (0 infection).

No problem...

...at least for me. Spent some amount of time checking friends and families PCs. Never found one with the problem.

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Too quick

The website that detects if your computer is infected did so very quickly. If the malware is on your computer, how did it detect it without scanning your computer?

It must have be able to detect something about your connection that tells it you are infected?

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

Good to hear it worked out for you

rlallos wrote:

...at least for me. Spent some amount of time checking friends and families PCs. Never found one with the problem.

That's good to know, although if you take proper precautions it's not particularly necessary. Use good anti virus software, don't open attachments unless you know for sure what they are, and run as a regular user, not an administrator account. I use and recommend NOD32 from Eset, been using for years. Very good, and not a resource hog. I got Norton free from Comcast, and it was such a pig I uninstalled and went out and paid for NOD32.

AVG vs MSE

nrbovee wrote:
rlallos wrote:

...at least for me. Spent some amount of time checking friends and families PCs. Never found one with the problem.

That's good to know, although if you take proper precautions it's not particularly necessary. Use good anti virus software, don't open attachments unless you know for sure what they are, and run as a regular user, not an administrator account. I use and recommend NOD32 from Eset, been using for years. Very good, and not a resource hog. I got Norton free from Comcast, and it was such a pig I uninstalled and went out and paid for NOD32.

I used AVG free edition. It slowed down my computer, but kept it free of the bad things. Until a few days ago when a Chrome update broke, citing incompatibility with AVG.

Now use Microsoft Security Essentials. Hope it works.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

1 file

David King wrote:

The website that detects if your computer is infected did so very quickly. If the malware is on your computer, how did it detect it without scanning your computer?

It must have be able to detect something about your connection that tells it you are infected?

The program only needs to check one file, that holding the data where your system goes to resolve an Internet URL. If it isn't going to one of the bogus locations then all is well - for this single issue.

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Thanks BoxCar

Box Car wrote:
David King wrote:

The website that detects if your computer is infected did so very quickly. If the malware is on your computer, how did it detect it without scanning your computer?

It must have be able to detect something about your connection that tells it you are infected?

The program only needs to check one file, that holding the data where your system goes to resolve an Internet URL. If it isn't going to one of the bogus locations then all is well - for this single issue.

Thanks. That makes sense. Knew I could count on you.

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NUVI40 Kingsport TN

One to try

Try Avast Anti-virus, free edition. Worked very well for me so I upgraded to the paid version. Paid includes a firewall.

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