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    Default Hundreds/Thousands May Lose Internet in July

    Hi,
    Just read the article below today and got a little freaked out because I have a laptop to work with at home that currently has Avast disabled and it wouldn't restart or "fix now." I don't have the specs w/ me or all the problem info but I wanted to get feedback on this news story. This particular laptop crashed Sunday morning and once I realized Avast was down I shut it down. My first step it to un-install from the set up menu ( if I find that ). Or per your suggestions I can start else where.

    Any and all comments welcome.

    Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July | ksl.com

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    Seems to be legitimate, although it seems easy to check for.

    https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-i...sing-rogue-DNS

    Even if you are infected, if that site shows you as clean, your internet service will be unaffected, as your ISP seems to be redirecting DNS traffic for its customers.

    On another note, my avast did the same thing a few months back due to a corrupt update. I had to re-install it. After 2 days i thought better of it and switched to MSE.

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    Thanks MrDarn!

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    I like to hear it from the horse's mouth. If the FBI is saying something, I want to hear it from the FBI, not through someone who thinks they can interpret and explain what someone else says better than me.

    This threat does indeed appear to be real, but like most of these type announcements made in the press, they are sensationalized and often exaggerated to attract readers. See FBI DNSChanger Malware. Note you don't need any special tool to ensure you are not affected. You can easily check via a Cmd prompt and ipconfig /all, or via the your networking Control Panel applet.

    The key here is "practicing safe computing". To remain clean and safe, keep your system updated and patched with the latest security updates and system patches, scan your system regularly with an able anti-malware solution (I use MSE), use a capable computer based firewall (I use Windows Firewall) and lastly, avoid risky behavior like visiting illegal porn or gambling sites, or participating in filesharing via torrents or through P2P sites that facilitate illegal filesharing.
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