How to Block, Detect, or Eliminate The Conflicker/Downadup Worm

trapped wormThe New York Times reported today on the worm known variously as Conflicker, Downadup, and Kido, which is spreading at breakneck speed, having infected millions of computers already. The worm exploits the MS08-067 vulnerability in Windows machines, then works quietly in the background. Unless a user is keeping an eye on network usage, they might not know about the infection. You’re already protected from Conflicker/Downadup if you’ve:

  • Installed Windows updates since October 2008 — Microsoft released a patch for the MS08-067 vulnerability a while ago.
  • Kept your security and anti-virus software up to date with new definitions and releases. Many of the major security and anti-virus companies are aware of and already protecting their users from the worm, including Norton/Symantec, AVG/Grisoft, Kaspersky, and McAfee.  Check the official website of your anti-virus company if you’re not sure.

To protect yourself from this worm, take the following steps:

  • Install the latest critical updates from Microsoft for your version of Windows.
  • Update or install security/anti-virus software from a company that states on their website that they are aware of the worm. Don’t trust free online-only scans.
    • Windows 7 beta users should download AVG, Kaspersky Labs or Symantec anti-virus.

If you think or know you’re infected:

When you run scans, be sure to also clean any removable memory or storage, as the worm can copy itself to external drives/memory as well.

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  1. pepep Says:

    Where the hell does it explain in this article hot to detect the bloody virus????

  2. K. T. Bradford Says:

    You’ll need an anti-virus program to do that pepep. Download one of the programs I mention above or, if you already have them, be sure you’ve updated your definitions, then run a scan. If you have the worm, they will detect it.

  3. 13yrgeek Says:

    Dear K. T. Bradford:
    How ’bout a DIY method using the registry editor and such? I know that conflicker hides itself somehow using the windows registries.

    Please give me a thoural answer. I’m 13 and I NEED to know.

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