WASHINGTON, D.C. – An estimated 64,000 computers in the United States will be unable to access the internet beginning Monday.
The computers were infected with a software program more than a year ago that allowed a group of criminals to change the way internet ads appeared on affected computers, allowing them to profit by serving up advertising that channeled millions to them
The FBI seized the computers serving the ads last year. However, since more than a half-million computers around the world were originally infected, the FBI replaced the malicious servers with “clean” ones that would still allow people to connect to the internet.
The DNSChanger malware program affected the way that computers translated website addresses, such as njtoday.net, into numeric IP addresses that are necessary to connect different computers. When the FBI shuts down the clean servers on Monday, computers that are still infected with the malware program will be unable to connect to websites normally.
To find out if your computers is infected, go to http://www.dns-ok.us/ run by the DNS Changer Working Group. If your computer is among the small minority of those still running the malware program, visit the DCWG’s “fix” page to find out how to remove it.
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