Conficker Computer Worm

Fresno, CA The /*Conficker Worm*/ has been out there since last November. But a new launch could mean a new round of PC infections. Experts say the worm can hijack computers even without users noticing, exploiting a security gap in Microsoft Windows.

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  • Download and install all security updates from Microsoft.
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  • Don't insert unknown USB devices in your PC.
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Nicholas Thompson from /*Wired Magazine*/ said, "They'll use it to turn your computer into a machine that will send out spam for them, they'll data mine your computer, get all your information and sell that information. So, you really don't want this on your computer."

/*Microsoft*/ patched the hole last fall. But if your PC was already infected, Conficker would have blocked the fix, and other antivirus updates.

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