Conficker – It’s lurking in millions of PCs around the world. It’s incredibly sophisticated and resilient, with built-in p2p and digital code-signing technology. It revels in killing security software. On April 1, the Conficker worm will activate. Giz explains.
Conficker (aka Downadup), that began towards the end of last year as just another worm with no big intentions, has grown by leaps and bounds that security experts find it almost impossible to destroy it now. It disables antivirus updates and Windows updates as well.
If you’re infected, you’re in big trouble because the worm has been programmed to get instructions from a server exactly on April 1. Anything could happen as the New York Times puts it:
Speculation about Conficker’s purpose ranges from the benign â€” an April Fool’s Day prank â€” to far darker notions. One likely possibility is that the program will be used in the â€œrent-a-computer-crookâ€ business.
So is there a way out? Can you remove the Conficker worm safely from your computer? Yes, you can get rid of it if you’ve patched Windows with security updates. Keep your fingers crossed, and try these two methods to remove the Conficker worm from your computer:
Remove Conficker using the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
- Download Microsoft’s malicious software removal tool from here
- Disconnect from the internet
- Install and run the program to try and remove the Conficker worm
Remove Conficker using Symantec’s Removal Tools
- Download the W32.Downadup removal tool by Symantec from here
- Disable System Restore and disconnect from the internet
- Run that tool and click â€˜Start’ to begin the process of scanning and removing the Conficker worm (if found).
- After the tool does its job, restart your computer and run the scan again using the same tool to check if the worm has gone
Symantec also recommends you to review details of W32.Downadup.B and W32.Downadup!autorun. Symantec’s Conficker removal tool also tells you to install a patch for MS 08-067 vulnerability if it hasn’t been installed yet.
I’m not sure if these two tools can aid in the removal of the Conficker worm completely. Educate me in the comments if you’ve got any information.