april 1st virus???

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    i keep hearing about this new virus that will hit april 1st? any one know anything about it..or is it a joke...is there a patch?

    type real slow...i am not a computer person
     
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    Terry Shut the $%$ Up!

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    Windows users, turn on your automatic updates and you will be immune from this miscreant, script-kiddie little piece of malware.

    Mac and Linux users, just smile. There aren't enough of us to make us relevant enough for these mangy mongrel mutts to make worms for.

    This worm apparently is the work of a BotNet operator, targeting users of Windows XP and Vista. You should have no problem if you get the latest patches from Microsoft.

    What does the Conficker worm do?
    We don’t know the purpose of the Conficker worm. Today the worm has created an infrastructure that the creators of the worm can use to remotely install software on infected machines. What will that software do? We don’t know. Most likely the worm will be used to create a botnet that will be rented out to criminals who want to send SPAM, steal IDs and direct users to online scams and phishing sites.

    The Conficker worm mostly spreads across networks. If it finds a vulnerable computer, it turns off the automatic backup service, deletes previous restore points, disables many security services, blocks access to a number of security web sites and opens infected machines to receive additional programs from the malware’s creator. The worm then tries to spread itself to other computers on the same network.
    How does the worm infect a computer?
    The Downadup worm tries to take advantage of a problem with Windows (a vulnerability) called MS08-067 to quietly install itself. Users who automatically receive updates from Microsoft are already protected from this. The worm also tries to spread by copying itself into shared folders on networks and by infecting USB devices such as memory sticks.

    Who is at risk?
    Users whose computers are not configured to receive patches and updates from Microsoft and who are not running an up to date antivirus product are most at risk. Users who do not have a genuine version of Windows from Microsoft are most at risk since pirated system usually cannot get Microsoft updates and patches.
     
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    Linux will never have to worry, as long as we don't install programs from untrusted sources you can't get infected with virus'. Mac I think has the same benefit. Hackers are the only things we need to worry about.
     
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    I'm wearing a condom, so I'm safe.
     
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    At least you know why the screen appears blurred :)
     
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    Just a word to the wise Ubuntupeeps

    The repos probably have a couple of rootkit tools I found out about a couple of days ago.

    rkhunter
    chkrootkit
    unhide

    Run from the CL - they really dig deep.

    Just in case you aren't aware.

    Over and out.
     

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