Malware Infection Could Hamper Internet Use for Some by July
Starting on July of this year, Internet connection may be disrupted indefinitely for computer users who have not taken steps to make sure their systems are not infected with a malware called the Domain Name System (DNS) Changer. This specific virus was maliciously distributed over the Web by six Estonian nationals arrested by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) in November of 2011.
According to a report, Internet connection may not work for hundreds of thousands of people starting July 9, 2012 because the safety net now in place from the FBI against the DNS Changer malware will be removed then, and if your computer is infected, you won't be able to connect to the Internet at all.
In addition, a leading technology and gadgets news blog has this interesting report about the DNS Changer malware with lists of important resources listed on their site on how to fix it:
"The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) says it's time for PC and Mac users to check on their computers as it may be infected with an unusual virus perpetrated by six Estonians arrested by the bureau in November of last year.
According to a new report, hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide are infected by the DNS Changer malware and millions of people will possibly be unable to surf the Web after July 9, 2012.
The said malware changes a user's domain name system (DNS) settings, diverting all Web requests through servers that the FBI seized in November, but has been temporarily maintaining to ensure internet services were not disrupted. This maintenance will finish in July 9, meaning computers still infected will face internet troubles."
A variety of methods of monetizing the DNS Changer botnet are being used by criminals, including replacing advertisements on websites that are loaded by victims, hijacking of search results and pushing additional malware.
Computer security experts recommends a regular software updates as well as installing antivirus and scanning for malwares daily for both PC and Mac users.