Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April 1 Worm

I've gotten a number of emails and questions regarding the April 1 worm, or the Conficker worm. For those who asked me, I didn't know anything about it until today. What I understand is that it infects Windows systems and will activate on April 1, 2009 and run wild.

As usual, I don't keep up with security concerns around Windows because I don't use Windows (and neither should you). However, Microsoft has put together a nice page explaining the problem if you think you have it:
Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm
Microsoft has made some patches available as well as an updated version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool.

If you really are interested in removing malicious software from your system, consider dumping Windows entirely. I doubt the Microsoft tool will do that, so you are better off installing Linux. I recommend Fedora.

1 comment:

Coffee Maker said...

here's hoping that Conficker amounts to nothing more than an April Fool's prank