Updated 18 Jun, 2013, 12:44 pm IST
Tuesday July 10 12:14 am
Can't Connect to the Internet? DNSChanger May Be to Blame
If you are experiencing internet connectivity problems with any of your computers, one reason could be because today was your last day to remove a virus from that system. As of this week, an estimated 350,000 computers worldwide were still infected with the Alureon DNSChanger virus and over forty five thousand of those cases were here in the U.S. The FBI wrapped up an investigation in November of last year which led to the arrest of a group of Estonian cybercriminals. The group had been hacking personal computers and installing malicious software since 2007. The hackers successfully redirected 650,000 computers to fake websites that took its victim's money through fraudulent transactions. Authorities disconnected the criminal internet servers and temporarily replaced them with secure ones in order to give victims and their infected computers the chance to eliminate the virus without losing internet access. But the computers out there that still have the virus on their computer will find that their system does not connect to the internet and won't until they remove the software. In the future, Users can check if their computer has been infected by any DNS changer malware by visiting dns-ok.us. A screen will come up and either be green which means virus free or red indicating that the computer is infected. The problem can be fixed by using a free kit on the antivirus software website Kaspersky Information on how to identify and clean up infections can also be found on www.dcwg.org.