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Freaked out for the April Fools virus

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:05 pm
Author: covey12
theres alot of talk going around about the Aprils Fools virus, also know as CONFICKER. it is supposedly really bad, the school district even said for our teachers to disconnect every computer at the school from the internet tonight and tomorrow, and tell us students to do the same.

does anyone know about this virus, what it does, how you get it?

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:18 pm
Author: Fnord
No one knows what it's going to do, since apparently the action is supposed to happen tomorrow.

I'd guess something similar to skynet in RotM.

I haven't read about it yet, but a good firewall and av would be the easiest way to avoid being infected. Stay away from p2p for awhile, etc...

If the guy had any brains at all, he'd delay the action till the 2nd or 3rd when people start to think it's a hoax.

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:20 pm
Author: brogdenlaxmiddie
Theopia.com has a topic in regards to this. Also, its not a virus, its a malicious worm. In reality, by you disconnecting your computer, your not going to be doing that much. It sends out info to the worm (its probably already on your computer as it was launched at the begining of March). The worm then downloads stuff from different encoded websites that further harm your computer. In a way, it gets over 15 million computers to act in almost complete unison. Imagine the power of what that could be used for. Perhaps even something as sinister as bringing down government servers or by launching a massive brute force attack using all of the computers and creating a hypercomputer. (stronger than a supercomputer :wink: ) The best thing to do is make sure that your computer is up to date and your security software is as well. Also, if you can, try to boot up in safe mode tonight. If it won't work then chances are, you have the worm 8)

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:20 pm
Author: Lentamentalisk
Or, you could just run linux...

Once again, open source comes out on top!

Anyways, no, despite my hours of stumbleing per day, I have not heard a thing about this april fools virus.

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:23 pm
Author: PCGUY
I've been hearing about this for a while now...

Personally I think it's just a big joke :wink:

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:24 pm
Author: roboman
Lentamentalisk wrote:Or, you could just run linux...


Or Mac OSX...

Especially if you have an outdated version, like me (10.3.9)!

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:25 pm
Author: brogdenlaxmiddie
PCGUY wrote:
Personally I think it's just a big joke :wink:


Tee-Hee :roll: I was also considering this idea. Perhaps we won't launch it.

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:37 pm
Author: covey12
brogdenlaxmiddie wrote:
PCGUY wrote:
Personally I think it's just a big joke :wink:


Tee-Hee :roll: I was also considering this idea. Perhaps we won't launch it.


lol "we" wont launch it. i cought that, it would be funny if I was the one that controlled the worm wouldn't it? although i dont get why the military is not subduing this because it has already infected frances navy last year.

also anyone live in Europe? be careful, some dipshit scientist poked herself when a needle that had ebola in it. for all that don't know this is the wost disease in the world, and it makes every pore in your body bleed, then makes you go consciously brain dead, but subconscious still works, and makes the male reproductive system enlarge to the size of a pear, then pop. i won't say what it does to the ladies, its just not humane

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:39 pm
Author: brogdenlaxmiddie
covey12 wrote:
brogdenlaxmiddie wrote:
PCGUY wrote:
Personally I think it's just a big joke :wink:


Tee-Hee :roll: I was also considering this idea. Perhaps we won't launch it.


lol "we" wont launch it. i cought that, it would be funny if I was the one that controlled the worm wouldn't it? although i dont get why the military is not subduing this because it has already infected frances navy last year.

also anyone live in Europe? be careful, some dipshit scientist poked herself when a needle that had ebola in it. for all that don't know this is the wost disease in the world, and it makes every pore in your body bleed, then makes you go consciously brain dead, but subconscious still works, and makes the male reproductive system enlarge to the size of a pear, then pop. i won't say what it does to the ladies, its just not humane


I was wondering how long it would take for someone to catch that.... :wink:

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:42 pm
Author: Fnord
Personally I think it's just a big joke


Or a big rickroll.

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:04 pm
Author: rp181
I do not think it is a joke. Microsoft even put a 250,000$ bounty on the creator. Past versions used 250 domains that it routed to, making it easy to stop. This version is supposed to use 50,000 domains.

I run linux =)

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:05 pm
Author: sandman
i guess i need to install a new Anti virus program then

be on the safe side and all

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:07 pm
Author: MrCrowley
Don't worry people, it's April 01 here and everything is fine :D

:wink:

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:36 pm
Author: Carlman
its also april 1 here and OMG computers are spontainiously combusing right before my very eyes, ahhhhggggghhhh heeeeellppp meeee!!!!

Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:04 pm
Author: Gippeto
combusing


Your computer is using a comb? REALLY?

Been into the bitters have you. :D