Wanted to make everyone aware of the Confiker (or Downadup) virus that's rumored to strike on April 1st. The Confiker worm disables Windows security features and can compromise an infected computer so that it can be used to attack others. The virus can gather personal and other forms of information as well.
To protect your personal and home machines:
- Ensure virus protection and all security patches for Microsoft are up-to-date on your machine. Turn on your Windows firewall or download one such as Comodo
- Run a malware scanning tool (such as Malwarebytes or Spybot Search and Destroy ) on your system.
- If you have a current non-supported Microsoft Operating system (such as a trial period OS) and/or virus protection product, please purchase supported versions.
- Members of the ASU community can visit MyApps for free anti-virus software (VirusScan).
To read more about this virus, visit ASU's Get Protected site or this article posted on CNET News.