What is Conficker.c and what it may do?
Conficker.c is a worm, a malicious program thought to have already infected between 5 million and 10 million computers.
On April 1 a master computer is scheduled to gain control of these zombie machines.
What will it do to my brains?
The worm will eat them! 😛 After deleting all your data of course!
How does the Conficker.c work?
Conficker.c imbeds itself deep in the computer where it is difficult to track. The program, for instance, stops Windows from conducting automatic updates that could prevent it from causing damage.
The program’s code is also written to evolve over time and its author appears to be making updates to thwart attempts to neuter the worm.
How can I tell if my computer’s infected?
One quick way to see if your computer has been infected is to see if you have gotten automatic updates from Windows in March. If so, your computer likely is fine, DeBolt said.
Users who haven’t gotten the latest Windows updates should go to http://safety.live.com if they fear they’re infected, the company’s statement says.
People who use other antivirus software should check to make sure they’ve received the latest updates, which also could have been disabled by Conficker.c.
Microsoft offering $250,000 bounty to catch program’s creator.