You may lose your Internet Monday (July 9) if your computer is infected by the DNS changer malware.
Find out if you are infected here: http://dns-ok.us/
WHAT IS DNS CHANGER?
Last year a malware ring was arrested for infecting millions of computers with malware that changed settings in a way that redirected your internet requests through rougue address lookup servers known and DNS servers. It is estimated that there are some 70,000 users in the United States who are infected and don't know it.
Users would be sent to phishing websites -- ones that try to steal your personal information or money -- instead of the sites they requested.
When the ring was arrested, the FBI replaced the rougue servers with clean ones as a safety net to enable infected computers, including some at Fortune 500 companies, to keep their internet connections. But that was only a workaround and didn't fix the users' computers.
Come Monday the feds are shutting off those temporary safety-net computers, effectively stopping infected computers (maybe yours) from being able to connect to their websites, email, etc.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE INFECTED
There are several websites that have been setup that can detect whether you are connecting to the internet properly or not. The one we recommend is: http://dns-ok.us/
If your computer is infected with DNS Changer, you will see an image with a red background on that website. If all's well, you'll see an image with a green background. See below. If you see that image when you visit the above website, your DNS is working properly and you are not infected with DNS Changer.
Having a green background doesn't mean you are safe from all threats. You could still be infected by some other malware or virus.
Get information about DNS Changer from the FBI website.