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Old 21 January 2009, 19:08   #1
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Nasty worm

Picked this up from another forum....

....nasty worm..estimated to have infected around 9 million computers so far, thats estimated so the real ammount could be double or trable that. Mostly the people who are spreading this have not activated it as yet so there is still time to avoid this horrible critter.

Here's some info on the worm..http://www.microsoft.com/security/po...32/Conficker.B

Here's a link to the page where you can download a tool to see if its already on your machine and get rid of it if it is..http://www.microsoft.com/security/ma...e/default.mspx

And here is a link to download a windows update file to protect against it...http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../MS08-067.mspx
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If you subscribe to Microsoft update service on your computer, you should already have the fix installed.

You can easily check to see whether it's installed; win 2K & XP: control panel>add/remove programs> go down the list and look for: KB958644. Vista is: control panel>Programs & Features> View update history.

If you don't subscribe to the service, you should do...now!
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Old 21 January 2009, 19:37   #3
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I said the same thing and this was the response...

....updates are posted once a week by Microsoft...who wants to wait 6 days for the next automatic update roll out?

New worms and viri are found on a daily basis and as such most good AV software or malware removers will find and deal with them. I was warned about this critter last night by an IT tech whose opinion on security I trust, and in general terms its a real nasty. You can wait for updates if you like, but I would not have posted it if it was not serious.
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Don't get grumpy, I'm just sayin'. My machine has been automatically updated with the fix for a few days now so it is worth having Microsoft Automatic Updates enabled.

Just had a rake around at Microsoft and although it's mentioned to be an issue for Vista on one page, according to the Microsoft Knowledge Base it is not an issue for Vista and there has been no fix issued. Versions of 2K and XP are at risk.

However, it was automatically installed on my Vista on 7th Jan 09. Confused dot com.
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Don't get grumpy, I'm just sayin'. My machine has been automatically updated with the fix for a few days now so it is worth having Microsoft Automatic Updates enabled.

Just had a rake around at Microsoft and although it's mentioned to be an issue for Vista on one page, according to the Microsoft Knowledge Base it is not an issue for Vista and there has been no fix issued. Versions of 2K and XP are at risk.

However, it was automatically installed on my Vista on 7th Jan 09. Confused dot com.
Grumpy? What makes you think I'm getting grumpy
Was just copy and pasiting his reply to the same thing


Just read back and I can see why you thought that. Should have put quotes in,

I said the same thing and this was the response...

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"....updates are posted once a week by Microsoft...who wants to wait 6 days for the next automatic update roll out?

New worms and viri are found on a daily basis and as such most good AV software or malware removers will find and deal with them. I was warned about this critter last night by an IT tech whose opinion on security I trust, and in general terms its a real nasty. You can wait for updates if you like, but I would not have posted it if it was not serious."
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KB958644 affects all current Windows operating systems; XP, Vista and Server 2003/2008. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958644

If you have windows update enabled then the patch should have been installed ages ago. My computers were updated on the 8/11/08.

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....updates are posted once a week by Microsoft...who wants to wait 6 days for the next automatic update roll out?
Just to clarify - Microsoft release updates on the second Tuesday of the month, not weekly. If a bug is being exploited in the wild they will break the normal release cycle and distribute a patch asap - they've had to do this a few times in the last few months.
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Was that the update that crippled internet access for zone alarm users? Now where's that linux distro
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