Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday; how to check whether you are vulnerable

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 5, 2012 - 10:31 PM

If you're one of thousands who have not fixed computers, you may lose Internet service late Sunday.

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comment229Jul. 6, 12 4:52 AM

It is a man made problem, a man made solution is proposed, and yet, the people creating the problems will just evolve to a higher level. The suggestion often given is simple. Get a decent antivirus program and use it. Second, even with that, you will eventually get hit so keep your important data on a separate drive or internet site, with only your basic programs on your computers hard drive, and then learn how to reprogram your computer which does NOT take that long to do these days.... your data stays safe and your computer is instantly cleaned with a fresh overhaul of the software. It works.

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samiamJul. 6, 12 7:20 AM

How old is that MacBook in the picture? I haven't seen one like that in years.

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jbeckJul. 6, 12 7:53 AM

comment229: Reprogram your computer? I hardly think it's necessary to rewrite the software on your computer from scratch. That would indeed take a very long time.

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sharkysharkJul. 6, 12 8:43 AM

Who else here has never heard about this before now?

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arielbenderJul. 6, 12 2:59 PM

sharkysharkJul. 6, 12 8:43 AM Who else here has never heard about this before now?______________They've been talking about this for months. It's been over-hyped in terms of severity. The number of computers in the US that still might be affected is 70-100 thousand.

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comment229Jul. 6, 12 4:19 PM

jbeck: I won't go into it for you, but do check how to completely start over from scratch. Most companies now provide you with step by step instructions simply by telling you to put in a CD ROM, turn off your computer and then turn it back on and make the decisions with a simple click of the button.... This is NOT new technology. The first time I saw this was well over ten years ago and expected the process to take an afternoon.. I was done in a half hour, after making the initial decisions.... The part that may take you longer, is if you have a bunch of business software you have to set up, but trust me, using the recovery disk that comes with your unit, saves a lot of time, expense and guessing. And please please please... don't believe me. Find your local tech guy, and ask him/her.... and then make damn sure to thank them too.

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oimmigrationJul. 7, 12 9:56 AM

Lets stop coddling these criminals. Most of our prisons are like resorts or vacations! The sheriff down in Arizona I think has it right, he treats them like the criminals they are, just bread and water, and no luxuries like computers and the internet, free college degrees, gourmet meals, air conditioning, swimming pools and health facilities etc.... I forget his name Sheriff Apio or something.

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oimmigrationJul. 7, 1210:11 AM

Our prisoners get things our law abiding citizens cannot get or afford like free health and dental care, free college education, gourmet meals, health club, cable tv, computers and fast internet connection, etc.............This is wrong. Seems to me we are sending these criminals the wrong message, do wrong and be treated like a king! This must change if we want less crime. Its no wonder we have so many repeat offenders, its because they have no fear of punishment, because they are rewarded for their crimes and not punished.

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mnmaggiemnJul. 7, 1212:29 PM

I have a brother in and out of the legal system, so much to the point I dont even really have much to do with him but he'll tell you, he gets all the amenities that we all out here work hard for and many of us still dont get...He gets to work out, watch movies, tv etc, goes to the Dr, claims hes in pain gets free meds, internet, books, games, it goes on...And yes they do have a small charge that comes out of their account BUT if they dont put money in their account, it doesnt get paid...And if theres nothing in their account they get free stamps, paper, pens, hygeine products and so on...it is ridiculous

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mnmaggiemnJul. 7, 1212:32 PM

How do we know this isnt a trap or trick...You go to the site and give gornment full access to your computer without even knowing it...I know Ill be called a conspiracy theorist but its a reality we are all monitored and theres no such thing as privacy anymore...I know I heard of this once before but if this has been going on so long, why werent we told of it sooner...

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