Conflicker Worm

March 23, 2009

You may have heard of the Conflicker Worm on the news. This nasty infection shuts down security services, prevents your computer from going to security websites where you might download something that will prevent Conflicker from doing it’s dirty deed. First discovered in November, Conflicker’s main goal is to infect your computer with more infections.


You may have Conflicker on your computer and not even know it unless you tried to go to a security website. Conflicker won’t do much else until April 1st when it will begin downloading infections to all of the computers it is on.


To protect yourself, make sure you have a good anti-virus/anti-spyware security program that is up to date. If you don’t have that, make sure you get it before April 1st. Even if  you do have a good and up to date security program, it would be a good idea to do a full scan of your computer before April 1st, just to be safe.


You should also make sure you have all of the latest updates from Microsoft. Here’s how to do that.


If you have Windows XP, look for the little yellow shield in the area down near where the time is displayed. If it’s there, click on it to install updates. If the shield isn’t there, either you have all of the latest updates, or Automatic Update is turned off on your computer. To check to see if Automatic Update is turned on, click on Start and then click on Control Panel. Now double click on Automatic Updates. To manually check for the latest Windows Updates, you can also click on Start, All Programs, Windows Update. Use the Express button and keep doing that until it says there are no more high priority updates.


vistawindowsupdateIf you have Vista, the icon for Windows Update will also be down near where the time is displayed, but the icon looks different from XP’s Windows Update icon. The icon is pictured to the left. If you see this, click on it to install the latest updates. If you don’t see it, you either have all of the latest updates, or Automatic Updates is turned off. To check, click on Start and then click on Control Panel. Now type “update”. Click on Windows Update. You can tell it to check for the latest updates. Over on the right side, you can click on “Change Settings” to change the automatic update settings.

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