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Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

CREATED Jul 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 4, 2012

Web Producer: Sara Wright

WASHINGTON (AP) The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.

But tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.

Despite repeated alerts, the number of computers that are probably infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. Of those still infected, the FBI believes that about 64,000 are in the United States.

Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their Internet service providers for help.