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Conficker C worm threat

Windows operating system users who haven't kept up with Microsoft’s security updates might find themselves infected with the Conficker C worm.

Windows operating system users who haven't kept up with Microsoft’s security updates might find themselves infected with the Conficker C worm.

Conficker, also known as Kido or Downadup, cropped up in November, and exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patched in October. The worm threat, triggered on April 1, attempts to download files from a list of addresses, redirects DNS requests to certain sites (it doesn’t want you finding a fix for it!) and stops some Windows services and processes.

You can easily check to see if you're already infected by visiting Microsoft's Web site and security sites such as Symantec or McAfee. If you can surf those sites, you're probably fine. If you can't you're probably infected. Find more information on Conficker, including ways in which to remove it, from Web sites such as Symantec or ZDNet.