More info on how to protect your PC from the Conficker worm


In addition to my earlier post today on protecting yourself from the Conficker computer worm, here's a couple of articles that outline steps to inoculating your PC and eradicating the Conficker worm.

First, consider using the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool or the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner if you're concerned that your PC may be infected.

AP Technology Writer Jordan Robertson recommends that "If you can navigate the Internet freely except for sites owned by Microsoft or antivirus vendors such as Symantec Corp., McAfee Inc. or F-Secure Corp., your PC might have Conficker or a similar bug. Robertson also provides a list of Conficker removal programs posted here on the Conficker working group site.

I noticed the following article of interest on the Channel Insider's Security page, with information on additional tools to stop Conficker.

Gregg Keizer of Computerworld sums it up with an answer to his own question today… 

"I think my PC is safe so far, but what can I do to protect it from future infection?

"The first thing you should do is apply the MS08-067 patch that Microsoft issued last October.

"Second, make sure your antivirus software is running and up to date. Third, apply this Feb. 24 patch from Microsoft, then disable Windows' Autorun feature, which Conficker.b can abuse in its attempt to spread via USB devices such as flash drives."

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Also see my post on thinking about computer security and your family PC.

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