Will your computer connect to the internet after July 9, 2012?

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If your computer is infected with DNS Changer, you may not even know it.  But, you'll find out the hard way (if it is) on July 9th when you will no longer be able to connect to the internet.

The problem began when international hackers ran an onlline advertising scam that allowed them to take control of computers all over the world. 

While the FBI was preparing to take down the ring causing the problem, they realized, just shutting things down would create a situation for those computers infected.

So, the FBI set up safety nets months ago using government computers so that infected computers would not loose internet connectivity.  That safety net system is to be shut down on July 9, 2012

The FBI reports that 568,000 computers originally infected but the number now is down to  about 360,000 with 80,000 of them in the US.

Most of the computers infected are in homes vs. businesses (where technology personnel routinely check computers).

There's a simple, pain-free way to check to see if your computer has been infected.  The FBI is encouraging computer users to visit http://www.dcwg.org/  where checking your computer is as easy as a click. There are also instructions about how to clean up your computer if it is infected.

The FBI reports "Most victims don't even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems."

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Rainmaker
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Teresa Cooper
Home Solution Real Estate Services - North Charleston, SC
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Hey Amy - WOW, what will they think of next!  I'm GREEN for now. 

 

And Congrats on the Google placement!

 

May 10, 2012 09:42 PM #40
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Richard & Beth Witt
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Hey Amy... thanks for this info... I've Bookmarked it and will be checking my computer out later... You have a great day...

June 20, 2012 05:55 AM #41
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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Amy - Thanks!  I appear to be green!!!   Yay!

June 23, 2012 01:03 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Brenda & Ron Cunningham
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

Thanks for posting.  Evidently it doesn't effect Mac.  Nice!

 

June 23, 2012 01:40 PM #43
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Ron Aguilar
Real Estate Buying Advice - Salt Lake City, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

thank you for the reminder

June 23, 2012 01:42 PM #44
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395 - Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Thank you for putting out this information...I checked and I'm good, but if I hadn't been? thank you again.

June 23, 2012 01:52 PM #45
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Great tip. I have never heard of this. Checked mine at it says I am ok.  Use Norton Antivirus all the time.

June 23, 2012 02:18 PM #46
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Joy Jones
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Thanks for the heads up,  hard to have full time  IT help at home.

 

June 23, 2012 03:13 PM #47
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Thank you for the heads up.  I checked and my system appears to be OK.  But it was nice to have the site to reassure myeself!

June 23, 2012 06:59 PM #48
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton

Dear Amy,

That sounds scary.

June 23, 2012 08:02 PM #49
Rainer
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Jordy Brisbin
Sutton Centre Realty - Vancouver, BC

wow... back to the future... or is it dejavu :P

June 24, 2012 01:34 AM #50
Rainmaker
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Amy, are you sure this is not just another Y2K hoax?

June 24, 2012 06:43 AM #51
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Justin Dibbs
United Real Estate - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

Thanks for the heads up.  I bet my wife's laptop could have this probelm.

June 24, 2012 07:10 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions - Alpharetta, GA

Great Post.  Without your alert I would not have know to go check my computer.  Thanks. 

June 24, 2012 08:10 AM #53
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Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND
BSEE, CHI

Thanks for the reminder. I saw an article in PCWorld magazine but it had slipped my mind.

June 24, 2012 10:19 AM #54
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Amy, Thank you for the information. I will be checking my computer to see. You just never know.

June 24, 2012 02:44 PM #55
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Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

Never heard of this.  Gotta go check my computer.  Thanks Amy.

June 24, 2012 03:22 PM #56
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Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

I had never heard of this but thank you for the post- I checked for this and did a full computer scan as well.  I've got AVG running on my computer but you never know if such a program is set up to catch 'everything"

June 25, 2012 07:21 AM #57
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Amy Jones Group
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Glad everyone's checking out a-ok!!!

June 26, 2012 08:56 PM #58
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John DL Arendsen
TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments & ON THE LEVEL GC - Leucadia, CA
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Thanks for the HU. I'll check that link right now.

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