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FBI Has Simple Tool To Check Your Computer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Internet access dominates our lives. People use the Internet for work, for school, to play games, and of course, to interact on social media sites.
The BBB is warning individuals and small businesses about the ‘DNS Changer Virus’ that you may have picked up without knowing it.
The FBI identified the DNS Changer Virus last year which originated from Estonia. Although the perpetrators were from a foreign country, the FBI obtained a court order to take down the websites that were involved with spreading the virus temporarily.
The injunction expires on July 9 and the websites spreading the virus will be online again.
“There are some online bloggers who refer to July 9 as ‘doomsday’ for the Internet,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy.
“The truth is that losing Internet access, even for a short time, could be disruptive.”
The BBB advises small businesses and families to check for the virus on all of the computers in their homes and offices.
The FBI has developed a simple tool you can use to determine if your computer is infected.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to FBI DNS Virus Checker
- Click on the link that is in the column under URL and ENGLISH.
- If your computer is fine, it has not been infected.
- If your computer is infected, you will be given instructions on how to find the virus and remove it before July 9
For more information on computer viruses, please visit BBB.