Announcement: Win32/Conficker.C Virus – Emergency Security Update.

To all Windows users,

The recent Win32/Conficker.C Virus was
profiled on the TV news magazine 60 Minutes this weekend.  As a result,
we are fielding calls about the threat and wanted to assure our clients
that they are protected.  If you are a Dependable Computer Guys client
with St. Bernard Managed Care for your Servers and Desktop computers, you
need to do nothing except leave your machines on overnight tonight, Tuesday,
and Wednesday.

If you are not a DCG Client or you don't have all of your Desktop Computers on
St. Bernard Managed Care, you should take action before Wednesday, April
1st.


Recent history on the "Conficker"
virus 

On October 23, 2008, Microsoft released
MS08-067 (KB958644), which resolves a privately reported vulnerability
in the Server service. The Conficker worm, sometimes called Downadup or
Kido has infected a large number of computers. Specifics are hard to come
by, but some researchers estimate that millions of computers have been
infected with this threat since January.

According to the Symantec website, "the
Conficker worm mostly spreads across networks. If it finds a vulnerable
computer, it turns off the automatic backup service, deletes previous restore
points, disables many security services, blocks access to a number of security
web sites and opens infected machines to receive additional programs from
the malware's creator. The worm then tries to spread itself to other computers
on the same network."

This virus affects servers and workstations.

Who is at risk?

Users whose computers are not configured
to receive patches and updates from Microsoft regularily are particularly
vulnerable.  Those who are not running an up to date antivirus
product are also at risk as well as users who do not have a genuine version
of Windows from Microsoft, since pirated system usually cannot get Microsoft
updates and patches. 

What to do if you are infected:

Use your Security product (Norton/Symantec/AVG/Sunbelt
Viper/Bit Defender, etc) to identify which variant of the worm is on your
computer. You can download and run either of the following free tools as
well:

Malwarebytes Malware Removal Tool:

https://www.malwarebytes.org

Microsofts Malicious Removal Tool:

https://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx


Don't hesitate to call us if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Brent Whitfield
Dependable Computer Guys, Inc

818 541 9195

https://www.dcgla.com/network


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. providing IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.