Internet service providers and Internet security firms are warning all internet users about malware referred to as DNS Changer that could shut down Internet access for thousands of users beginning this Monday July 9th.
In the past this malware has infected more than 570,000 computers worldwide. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) estimates that 7,000 computers in Canada are still infected.
Can I check my computer to see if it is infected?
If you would like to check your computer, please use this link: www.dns-ok.ca. This site, hosted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA.ca) is a reputable site. After accepting CIRA’s terms and conditions, the site provides you with a very simple indication of whether your computer is okay (green) or not (red).
You may receive emails and alerts about DNS Changer from many different sources, some reputable (like Google and Facebook) and some that are not reputable. Most will provide you with a link that you can click on to determine whether your computer is infected or not. Hackers are capitalizing on the DNS Changer hype by sending out their own email alerts and providing links that are not safe.
How can I get more information?