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chuckturner
02-18-2009, 02:10 PM
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A reward of $250,000 (172,000) has been offered by Microsoft to find who is behind the Downadup/Conficker virus.

Use your computer skills and earn enough to retire. Microsoft is offering $250,000 to find the person behind the Downadup/Conficker virus. Released in October, millions of Windows computers have been affected. The Conficker worm can infect computers or hide in USB flash drives. Downadup, as we previously told you to watch out for, can turn your PC into a botnet. The reward has been offered because the company views the virus as a criminal attack, so go out there and catch the bad guys.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40118000/jpg/_40118869_sassweds-bbc203.jpg

Link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7887577.stm)

maXimus
02-18-2009, 02:15 PM
They are really serious about this one. :thumbup:

chuckturner
02-18-2009, 02:33 PM
Yea for 250k someone is gonna catch him haha

Kruejl
02-18-2009, 10:35 PM
I found the source of the virus! I'm $250k richer! Whoohoo!

















Its called WINDOWS! LOL :D

maXimus
02-18-2009, 10:42 PM
I found the source of the virus! I'm $250k richer! Whoohoo!
Its called WINDOWS! LOL :D
I'm offended... :rolleyes:

:lol:

Kruejl
02-18-2009, 11:07 PM
^^^I use Windows myself :D

maXimus
02-18-2009, 11:09 PM
^^^I use Windows myself :D
Ok, then I don't feel so bad!! :laugh:

MrBucket101
02-19-2009, 12:47 AM
LOL good one kruejl

chuckturner
02-19-2009, 01:06 AM
I found the source of the virus! I'm $250k richer! Whoohoo!

















Its called WINDOWS! LOL :D

Be sure to share with us Kruejl:lol:

maXimus
03-31-2009, 05:27 PM
Here is a quick test to see if you may be infected:

Click on the following links. If you can access the pages, you are more than likely ok:

Microsoft.com (http://www.microsoft.com/)
Symantec.com (http://www.symantec.com/)
McAfee.com (http://home.mcafee.com/Default.aspx)

chuckturner
03-31-2009, 09:17 PM
Here is a quick test to see if you may be infected:

Click on the following links. If you can access the pages, you are more than likely ok:

Microsoft.com (http://www.microsoft.com/)
Symantec.com (http://www.symantec.com/)
McAfee.com (http://home.mcafee.com/Default.aspx)



Yea tomorrow is the big day:lol:

maXimus
03-31-2009, 11:19 PM
This reminds me of Y2K! :laugh:

MrBucket101
03-31-2009, 11:23 PM
In all likelihood...nothing will happen tommorrow. Imagine the kind of monitoring that will be going on. An event this hyped up will have everyone beefing up their security... My guess is that if the attacker is smart. He will wait a couple of days to let the # of generated domains reach 1,000,000. That way he will have generated a parachute of sorts.

Kruejl
03-31-2009, 11:33 PM
Scanning my machine now, looks like it's gonna take a while.

maXimus
03-31-2009, 11:35 PM
Scanning my machine now, looks like it's gonna take a while.
Just try the three links. Conficker blocks access to all the major antivirus webpages, so, if you can access them, you're good. :cool:

Kruejl
03-31-2009, 11:40 PM
I did and all was good, scanning just to be safe. I always keep my system updated and run A/V software too. Frankly, I'm just scanning for the heck of it LOL :D

MrBucket101
04-02-2009, 10:22 AM
Meh. I'm not too big into the whole antivirus software stuff. Truth be told I've only ever removed a virus once. And that was because my dumbass accepted to install an unsigned activeX control...Yeah I know what was I thinking. But anyways whatever it was that got me, got me pretty good (2 different trojans masked with a rootkit that disabled my ability to view hidden files and manually edit the registry). The SOB infected my final paper for music history (if I didn't have to submit a digital copy I wouldn't have worried) The digital drop box scanned incoming files before storing them. It wouldn't accept my copy cause it was infected. and I didn't want to email myself a virus and have either double the work. Or one more computer to reload. Since I refuse to pay for AV...I had to do it all by hand. IMO its definitely easier to to reinstall (and I will probably never do it again). Besides you get that bran new computer feeling all over again :D


Ever since then though I run a free AV "Avira AntiVir". Its got the highest detection rate out of the free AV's offered. It runs in the background and only checks files that are actively being accessed. The downside is that when it updates itself, once a week, I have to click "No, Thanks I don't want the premium version". Other than that weekly button clicking. I've been pretty happy.

maXimus
04-02-2009, 10:29 AM
I've heard that Microsoft is abandoning OneCare. That's what I had before Windows 7 but it wasn't compatible so I had to go to AVG. That's what Microsoft recommended which leads me to believe that they must have some sort of stake in AVG. :cool:

MrBucket101
04-02-2009, 10:33 AM
I've heard that Microsoft is abandoning OneCare. That's what I had before Windows 7 but it wasn't compatible so I had to go to AVG. That's what Microsoft recommended which leads me to believe that they must have some sort of stake in AVG. :cool:
I tried AVG and I didn't like it. The GUI was too bulky and it had a bigger footprint than Avira. PLus those **** sounds irritated the hell out of me. (yes I know you can turn them off...)

chuckturner
04-02-2009, 02:20 PM
Avast (http://www.avast.com) is the best I have used hands down. Its free for home use if anyone wants to give it a try.