April Fools! Conficker will not ruin your computer...

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Mortgage and Lending with Keller Williams Realty of Manatee

All though today is April Fools, I'm afraid the Conficker Virus is no joke.

Having said that - BE WEARY. This virus, despite any wide spread cyber panic and suggestions otherwise, WILL NOT WRECK YOUR COMPUTER.  The worm (virus) has stopped spreading.

Dean Turner, director of Global Intelligence Network Symantec Security Response said today that "The sky is definitely not falling. Some folks who have been talking about it have misinterpreted some of the technical details . . . but, we should definitely be aware of this."

Most of us (who heard the call) have updated our anti-virus software and ran our Microsoft updates to safeguard ourselves from the effects already.

And for now...all is still quiet in cyber world, there is no word of instructions being sent by the programmers to the virus.

The Vancouver Sun reported this afternoon that "...the worm has stopped spreading. The writers of the virus seem to have removed the virus's ability to replicate itself, which would suggest they believe they already have enough infected computers to accomplish whatever they are or were planning,"  

While we may not know what they are planning, experts say whatever they are planning is profit driven.

So no more panicking. The virus may or may not be on your computer, and there are resources and steps you can take to safeguard or remove the virus right away.

For more information on protection:

www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx

Jamie Bullock

The Burish & Serena Team

www.USA-FloridaHomes.net

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Rainmaker
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Thanks for the heads up on this computer virus. Although April Fools day can give us a few good laughs unfortunately there are a few bad apples out there, that keep us on our toes!

Please remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

(949) 753-7900

Apr 01, 2009 08:07 AM #1
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Patrick Schutte
Flex Realty - Prescott, AZ
REALTOR

I had the worm on 2 of my 5 computers at home...luckily I removed them last week.

Thanks for sharing the update!

:) PS

Apr 01, 2009 08:10 AM #2
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Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

Doesn't this seem like another blown out of proportion web posting?

Apr 01, 2009 08:21 AM #3
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

I dont know that its just over. I have read many things on this and yes they were wrong about it dropping today or changing its behavior but its most certainly not over. It could drop its payload at any time. No one really knows what is planned with this or what the virus is intended to do.

Apr 01, 2009 11:49 AM #4
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Vanessa V. Simmons
Real Living HER - Columbus, OH
Realtor

It is a shame that folks spend time developing things like this.  Thanks for the info.

Apr 02, 2009 01:28 PM #5
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