How to prepare for Conficker

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Windows Secrets has a comprehensive article on how to defend against the Conficker worm, which triggers on Wednesday. While no one is quite sure what it will do (and it’s on millions of computers, mostly in Asia) protecting yourself, they explain, is easy.

If Conficker triggers, it blocks your access to antivirus websites. So, it’s important to take precautions now, before April 1.

  • Run Windows Update and get the latest patches.
  • Update your third party antivirus software.
  • Turn off Auto Run. (And keep it turned off)
  • Download a Conficker removal tool, just in case you might need it.
  • Run Secunia’s Software Inspector, a free online software scan, to see if any of your non-Microsoft programs need patching.

Windows Secrets has full details.

11 Responses to How to prepare for Conficker

  1. The inevitable rejoinder Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    • Get a Mac.

    • Bob Morris Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

      What, and not have the deep pleasure of doing battle against computer beasties while upgrading umpteen programs with the latest patches and getting up close and personal with the innards of Windows???

    • DJ Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

      If only Mac offered a decent version of QuickBooks…

      • Ryan Wed, Apr 01, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

        Or *ahem* if QuickBooks would offer a decent version of its software for Macs…

        • DJ Wed, Apr 01, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

          To be quite specific, if only a decent software program was available on the Mac platform to open and work with Quickbooks files. I wouldn’t cry much saying goodbye to Intuit, either. But so far as I know, no other software package works with QB files.

          The Mac versions of QB I’ve worked with are (like other Mac-platform software) very unfriendly to keyboarding- and in this case that makes them unfriendly to accountants. Whose fault that is I can’t say. (Can a keyboard-friendly program run on Mac?) But it does condemn me to Windows for the foreseeable future.

  2. Dan Chmielewski Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Shavlik Technologies has a free download to fight the Conficker virus; Here’s the link:

  3. euthyfro Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    A Mac you say?

  4. coffee buzz Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    even if someone used Conficker to steal my credit card info, there wouldn’t be any credit there for them to exploit or spend

  5. Josh Thu, Apr 02, 2009 at 6:15 am #

    I’m a PC.

  6. Vinoth Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    Actually NMAP have a feature to detect conficker infected PC