There are three anti-virus programs that can help you protect your computer:
1) Avast Home Edition - it's free and is considered a very solid program. Website.
2) AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - this program let's you schedule regular scans when you are not using your computer. Website.
3) NORD32 for Windows - a shareware program that works in the background while you are on your computer. Website.
April 25, 2012
It's estimated that 85,000 computers in the United States have the DNS Changer Malware virus, and many of them might not even know they have it.
Last year, the FBI shut down a hacker ring in the European country of Estonia that is reportedly behind the virus. Though they have been arrested, the virus remains.
Here's how it works. When you type a website into your internet browser, the virus redirects you to a fake version of that webpage, slows down your internet speed and disables your anti-virus software. The hackers then earned money from the ads on those fake websites.
But that's not the worst part. Come July 9, infected computers will lose access to the internet.
The computer-savvy folks at Compu Tune Up on Allied Street in Charlottesville call this type of virus a "game." And once you have the DNS Changer Malware, they say it's hard to win. However, there are some preventative steps.
"The earlier you can catch it, obviously the better you're going to be. If you let it build over time and keep saying 'close' or 'cancel', or whatnot, that's when you get into trouble," said Compu Tune Up president Johnny Forbes.
Thankfully, there's an easy way to check your computer for the DNS Changer Malware. It's a website partnering with the FBI called DCWG.org.
1) Click on "Detect" in the top navigation and then follow the link provided.
2) If the "DNS Changer Check-up" image is green, you're computer is safe.
3) If a red screen appears, you'll have to follow the steps on the website to get help.