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PamInCa
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Posted - 07/07/2012 :  07:58:28 AM  Visit PamInCa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know anything about this?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57466849-501465/thousands-may-lose-internet-on-july-9/

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Jnanne
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Posted - 07/07/2012 :  2:14:40 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
First I've heard of it. And I have to wonder about the legitimacy of the story. A great way to pull folk into a scam is to tell them you are trying to protect them from a scam.

And the number of potentially infected computers seems pretty small for a world-wide problem. I would have expected something in the millions or tens of millions.

Makes me think of the Y2K virus we all heard about and never experienced. I realize I may just being cynical. Somethimes cynical is a good thing.

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JudyK
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Posted - 07/07/2012 :  3:35:37 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
The threat IS very real! You can go to: www.dcwg.org ( this is a government site)to get the easy to understand directions to check if your computer has been infected. Be sure do it BEFORE Monday though. IF your machine is infected the scan will tell you and provide the fix you need. I printed out the directions in April and finally did the procedure to check today.
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JudyK
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Posted - 07/07/2012 :  3:41:42 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Jnanane, there WERE millions of computers affected but, the majority have already performed the tasks to get the virus fixed leaving only several hundred thousand left. During the process of checking, there is no scan. You input information just to check what your DNS settings are on your computer, then compare yours to those on a list provided. IF your DNS numbers arent on the list youre okay to go. IF your numbers are on the list a fix is supplied.
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SJones
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Posted - 07/08/2012 :  04:47:28 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
It's real. Most computers used today are not infected to begin with or have been treated by antivirus software installed by the user. But you would be surprised how many people use the internet unprotected or never update their protection software. There might really be people where it still could be on their computer.


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PamInCa
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Posted - 07/10/2012 :  9:59:09 PM  Visit PamInCa's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Here is a link with updated information on this.
http://www.technewsdaily.com/4527-doomsday-virus-dns-changer-isps.html

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Jnanne
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Posted - 07/11/2012 :  04:42:05 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Apparently we didn't have it on our work or home computers. At least nothing is acting any more wonky than usual. And we've never been contacted by the ISP that there is a problem. The articles I've seen have all indicated our provider sent out letters to notify customers they had identified.

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JudyK
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Posted - 07/11/2012 :  04:46:59 AM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
GOOGLE News also reported this same information in their Sunday report. Related to this problem people have been reporting they have been receiving unwanted calls from an 888 number selling anti-virus protection. For the heck of it, I did a search on the number I VERY rudely stopped once the man answered my Hello. Im on the no-call list and it ticked me off! It seems because we scanned our machine for the virus, it gave solicitors the opportunityto TRY and sell us their products.
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