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Time running out to check computer for DNSChanger Malware

Joyce Lupiani

Time running out to check computer for DNSChanger Malware

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 6, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You might want to check your computer over the weekend or you might not be able to log onto the Internet next week.

More than a year ago, international hackers set up an online advertising scam and they were able to take control of 4 million computers around the globe.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered the scam but realized that if they turned off the malicious servers, all victims would lose Internet service. So, they set up a temporary Internet system that will be shut down late Sunday night.

According to the FBI, there are still 277,000 computers that are infected with the DNSChanger Malware. 64,000 of those are in the United States. And, if people don't check their computers and delete the malware (if their computer has it), they won't be able to go online at all on Monday.

Many Internet providers have contacted their customers already about this problem. Google and Facebook have also issued several warnings.

Also, there is an FBI website that will allow you to do a quick check of your computer and will help you get rid of the malware if you are infected.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.