Conficker, also known as Downup or Downadup, is a new, incredibly sophisticated worm that came into existence on around October 2008, which has already infected millions of PCs around the world till this date.
Trust me, W32/Conficker is something you must be very alarmed about because this worm is a resilient virus with built-in p2p and digital code-signing technology capable of completely killing your Windows Security System, and guess what – this virus is due to be activated on April 1!
The programmer of this virus has repeatedly been updating its software and computer experts don’t have a single clue what the creator is going to execute with this virus on April 1; the virus is scheduled to contact a server for instructions exactly on April 1. Is Conficker an April Fool’s joke or an unthikable cyberworld disaster, no one knows for certain as of yet. Even computer experts around the world are finding it completely impossible to destroy it.
With an innovative built-in p2p capabilities, this worm can force its way to shared folders, printers, office network, USB flash, and hard drives pretty quickly, and can completely destroy your security software, disable windows update, Windows Defender, Windows Error Reporting tool, etc., leaving your computer open to any attacks. Plus this worm uses a sophesticated RPC request and can execute codes on the targeted computer. Spooky, isn’t it?
Speculation about Conficker’s purpose ranges from the benign — an April Fool’s Day prank — to far darker notions. One likely possibility is that the program will be used in the “rent-a-computer-crook” business.
- New York Times
If you feel your computer is infected with this deadly virus, here’s what you can do to (hopefully) remove W32/Conflicker worm from your PC.
Steps of Removing W32/Conficker using Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool:
- Disconnect from the Internet
- Run the program to try and remove the Conficker worm
Steps of Removing W32/Conficker using Symantec Virus Removal Tool:
- Disable System Restore and disconnect from the internet
- Run the tool to scan for Conficker worm
- Restart your computer and re-scan again to confirm there is no worm
I am not sure that these security tools can completely remove W32.Conficker from an infected system, but it surely is worth a try, so go for it.
UPDATE: March 28, 2009
Here is another W32.Conficker removal tool released just recently by McAfee, named as Stinger, which can remove 11 trojans including Conficker safely. Download McAfee’s Conficker Removal Tool.