A new computer virus has just been released which is already affecting over 9 million users. Here’s some information to keep your computer safe.
The worm is called Downandup, Downadup, Kido!, or Conficker and it’s hacking into computer systems via your USB port. I’m attaching a screenshot of what might appear when you plug in a drive to your computer. The top entry, under “Install or Run Programs” is the one that will install the virus. It would probably be the default version that would pop up when you plug in the drive.
In order to avoid this from happening to you, turn off your AutoPlay or AutoRun feature on your computer. If this pop-up box does appear, just go ahead and remove the drive. You’ll want to browse the drive manually for the files you need, which should prevent you from becoming infected.
If you have Windows XP, TweakUIcan help you turn off your AutoPlay feature.
If you’ve already been infected, use your anti-virus software to fix it. If that doesn’t work, try F-Secure’s removal tool.
More information on this harmful virus can be found on Yahoo!’s Tech page here.