PHOENIX - The government is shutting down a server Monday that may be saving your tail right now and you don’t even know it.
A piece of malware has been around since 2007. It’s basically a piece of software that installs itself on your computer and then re-directs all internet traffic to a hacker server. This gave hackers complete control over your Internet connection.
The government rounded up the hackers and replaced their “hacker” server with one funded by the FBI. They put this server in place to keep the peace. It was designed to continue funneling web traffic for those who were infected while they got the word out about the malware.
The word is now out and the government is done with this band-aid. On Monday they’ll take down this temporary server. If you’re still infected, you won’t be able to access the ‘net.
As of July 4, about 274,000 people around the world are still infected, 45,000 in the US. It’s safe to say, some people will be Facebook-less come Monday.
Don’t let it be you! First of all, this only affects those of us with Windows machines. The first step is to figure out if you have the malware on your machine. Simply go to this page . If it’s green, you’re good to go. If it’s red, “Houston, we have a problem!”
Removing this malware is simple. Surf over to the government’s page for a complete rundown of tips and free tools to clean your PC.
You’ve been warned. For the rest of you who refuse to listen to the multiple news reports and warnings across the web, we’re probably better off without you on our Internet anyhow.
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