Beware Conficker worm come April 1

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  1. Binary
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    In an event that hits the computer world only once every few years, security experts are racing against time to mitigate the impact of a bit of malware which is set to wreak havoc on a hard-coded date. As is often the case, that date is April 1.

    Malware creators love to target April Fool's Day with their wares, and the latest worm, called Conficker C, could be one of the most damaging attacks we've seen in years.

    Conficker first bubbled up in late 2008 and began making headlines in January as known infections topped 9 million computers. Now in its third variant, Conficker C, the worm has grown incredibly complicated, powerful, and virulent... though no one is quite sure exactly what it will do when D-Day arrives.


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  2. thanks for the heads up
     
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    hmm. Sounds fun.

    Funny part is reading all the comments on that page. People are like "Wow glad I use Mac and Linux!" LOL. They should be saying "Wow glad the only thing I can do is play solitaire and browse the internet!" Which coincidentally is what PC users can only do when we have a virus....

    On that note I don't think I've had a since I made this computer. Just don't be stupid and click stupid stuff. Use a firewall and scan your files you download.
     
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    ...they're acting like there's a problem with the PC/Windows platform here.

    It's perfectly safe (at least as much as OS X or Linux) if you bother to update it. There's practically never any good reason not to do so. People being lazy or using pirated software is the main thing that screws them over.
     
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    This is an april fools joke.
     
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    i actually heard this on rick and bubba just a lil while ago =/
     
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    I am seeing a bit of traffic from it on our customers, but not a lot by any means...
     
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    its a hype to sell more antiviruses, nothing more
     
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    Had an officail thing sent through work about it, don't think it's an April fools joke.
     
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    Uh...as a potentially infectious malware, we HAD to send it through work even though it's mostly fluff. Malware isn't hyped before it strikes. People are dumb, and so is CBS.
     
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    Right, but my answer was simply to those saying it could possibly be an April Fools Joke.
     

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