My window to the world


Tips for dealing with Conficker

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 31-Mar-2009 17:43

Since  the topic is Conficker, most home users should have Windows Update enabled by default and should not be affected by Conficker. I think most of the affected machines I've heard of were corporate PCs - in which case some IT departments choose to enable or disabled automatic updates depending on their management policies.

There are some common sense tips though:

• Fully install the MS08-067 update on all your Windows PCs.
• Use an antivirus product. All the major ones detect and block Conficker from copying itself to other machines. Microsoft Forefront Client Security and Windows Live OneCare can/did block this worm.
• Use strong passwords both for any user account and also for any file shares.

I know Microsoft has a US$250,000 reward for information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for illegally launching the Conficker malicious code on the Internet...

A lot of information on Conficker can be found here at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx. Also more information here:

• The MSRC weblog (http://blogs.technet.com/MSRC)
• The MMPC weblog (http://blogs.technet.com/MMPC)
• The consumer security weblog (http://blogs.msdn.com/securitytipstalk/)
• The consumer Conficker landing page  (same as above) (http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx)
• IT Pro Conficker landing page (http://www.microsoft.com/conficker
• More information and free support for Conficker issues can be found here http://microsoft.com/protect or in the US and Canada can call the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-PCSAFETY.

And remember to always practice safe computing.


Other related posts:
Windows 8 Mail app not hyperlinking emails
Are we seeing the death of Windows RT?
Windows 8 Consumer Preview






comments powered by Disqus

freitasm's profile

Mauricio Freitas
Wellington
New Zealand


I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

I'm the Geekzone admin. On Geekzone we publish news, reviews and articles on technology topics. The site also has some busy forums.

Subscribe now to my blog RSS feed or the Geekzone RSS feed.

If you want to contact me, please use this page or email me freitasm@geekzone.co.nz. Note this email is not for technical support. I don't give technical support. You can use our Geekzone Forums for community discussions on technical issues.

Here's is my full disclosure post.

A couple of blog posts you should read:

Social networks presence

View Mauricio Freitas's profile on LinkedIn


My Blog by tags...

Blog...
Entrepreneurship...
Media...
Personal...
State of Browsers...
Technology...
Viral Marketing...
Web Performance Optimization...
Windows...
Windows Phone...

Other recent posts in my blog

Microsoft Ignite New Zealand, ...
If the headlines indicate the ...
Geekzone data analytics with P...
State of browsers Geekzone Mar...
2Cheap Cars discussion...
Now with more fibre...
Unlimited is not unlimited: Vo...
How bad is Vodafone cable at t...
Frustrated with Microsoft Fami...
State of browsers Geekzone Mar...

New posts on Geekzone