Estimated 500,000 US Computer Still Infected With DNSChanger

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I was reading one of my weekly computer news letters and was surprised to learn that over four million computers world wide with roughly 500,000 in the US are still infected with an old DNS hack/virus called DNSChanger which USE to take you off to very interesting snake salesmen sites. It is not difficult to fix, the US Government took down the people doing it (which is a shocker but a nice one), took over their internet servers (which is another shocker), and made it so infected systems actually work correctly (which is really the surprising bit). Of course this means that a computer could be infected and operating perfectly normal.

In July of 2012 the government will be shutting down the temporary servers, which will essentially break any infected systems. So folks have until then to correct the problem. They have already applied for one extension and might even do it again. But, it does cost money to run the servers so it wont last forever.

There is a test page set up. If you go there and see a green image you are good to go. If it is red your infected and there are instructions on how to correct this.

Here is the link to the English language test page to test systems in the US:

Here is an article about this issue:

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