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.

Protection Tips

  • Download and install all security updates from Microsoft.
  • Update Passwords.
  • Don't insert unknown USB devices in your PC.
  • Don't buy anti-virus software from unknown vendors.
Protection Tools

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.

      MORE LOCAL NEWS | TWEET@ABC30 | FREE ABC30 WIDGET
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
Breaking News E-Mail Alerts | Text Message Alerts
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
More News on abc30.com
California/State | National/World | Weather | Entertainment | Business | Politics | Sports | Health Watch | Consumer Watch | Mr. Food |
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyright © 2020 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.