In case you haven’t heard, according to the FBI, there may be over 300,000 computersunable to access the internet on Monday due to a malware infection called theDNS Changer Trojan. You may want to post a warning this weekend for your audience as if they have an infected computer, come Monday they won’t be able to figure out how to fix it because they won’t be able to get online to get any kind of solution.

This is because whenthe FBI shut down the ring of cyber-criminals that created the Trojan late lastyear, the FBI discovered that if they also shut down the malicious DNS serverswhich were being used to redirect users to malicious sites or ads, it wouldprevent millions of users from being able to access the internet. On Monday, July 9th, the originalcourt order the FBI obtained that forced these servers to stay online while theFBI attempted to correct the problem, will expire, and when these servers shutdown, thousands may have their internet access cut off without knowing how to repairthe problem because their DNS server will be gone.

DNS servers essentially instruct a system on how tonavigate through the internet. The DNSServers basically act as an interpreter in a foreign land, helping a visitorthat doesn’t speak the local language to be able to communicate with the localsand figure out where to go for food, lodging, etc. When these servers shut down on Monday, thisinterpreter will be gone and these computers will have no way to communicatewith the locals, so, if you were the visitor, you would be stuck and unable tocontinue your travels.

This will affect the everyday consumer the most becausemost infections were spread by drive-by downloads, i.e. the piece of malwarewas unknowingly downloaded to their computer when they went to a web site thatlooked completely innocent. This pointsmainly to a consumer population as the target. The advice that is being put out is that users need to check if they areinfected using the online scanner at the FBI-run DNS-OK.US site, or by manually”checking the DNS server IPs, however, that can be a complicated maneuverfor the non-tech savvy individual to handle.

The easiest solution is to go to www.malwarebytes.com and download thefree anti-malware Malwarebytes, and run a scan. The free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically inspect the DNSsettings on the users system and determine whether or not the system is usingthe malicious DNS servers. If thecomputer is infected, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically modify thesettings and fix the computer’s registry which set the default DNSservers. If any of the malicious IPaddresses are present, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will remove these bogusaddresses, as well as any other malware infections from the computer, ensuringthat the computer will obtain the correct DNS addresses from their internetserver providers. In other words,Malwarebytes will find a new interpreter for every desktop, for no cost andvery little hassle as the software downloads in less than a minute.

If you cant download Malwarebytes due to your DNS being deactivated change your DNS to obtain DHCP information automatically. Email Karl at AskTheAdmin dot com for more information or help!