The hype and realities of the Conlicker Worm.
Yes folks, this is very dangerous worm. In fact Microsoft is offering a bounty for the capture and prosecution of the author!
But once again it’s spread is caused by all the usual suspects – un-patched systems, out of date Antivirus and Antispyware software and POOR computing practices. The hype regarding the ‘Conflicker’ worm is real. But can be mitigated with a few prudent actions.
Here are all of the tasks that should be done. And when I say all, I mean ALL. Not doing one or two will leave you open to attack.
Disable ‘Autorun’For XP, 2003, Vista and Win2000.
One of the first things I do on every system I build or manage, for over 14 years, is to disable autorun, and you should too. Microsoft has some simple ‘patches’ and instructions here:
Make sure your antivirus is up to date – run a live update DAILY.
Run a full scan NOW and at least once a week.
Make sure your anti-spyware application is up to date – run a live update DAILY.
And run a full scan NOW and at least once a week.
Make sure your Windows is up to date – run windows update at least WEEKLY (Tuesdays are the day MS releases updates)
Download and install/run the latest MS Malicious Software Removal tool RIGHT NOW!!!!:
Use CCleaner http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/download/86e6a458e780243c3a944b66ec60b319/
to clean out temporary files at least once everyday.
I run it EVERYTIME I close my browser!
Never, ever install ‘special viewers/browser helper objects’. By that I mean if a site tells you you have to download/install a plug-in to ‘view/watch’ a particular file – YOU DON’T NEED IT!
And finally make sure you change your passwords regularly, and make sure they are ‘secure’; containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
After you have done all of the above check out Microsoft’s Conflicker page for some more great information.
If you follow these steps you should be OK.
Remember most ‘hacks’ happen because of user actions – being tricked/suckered into installing the trojan or by users not keeping their protection software and operating system up to date.
Don’t become a statistic.
Good luck and safe computing.