Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How to Check if your PC is infected with Conficker Worm

Conficker worm is a computer worm that affects the Windows operating system. A worm is similar to a virus, except that a worm can copy and spread itself without any human interaction. The Conficker worm has the ability to slow your computer and disable certain security software such as virus protection and firewall (see:How to Get Rid of Conficker Worm). Follow the given steps to check if your PC is infected with Conficker worm or not.

Step1: Navigate to the Microsoft website and download the Malicious Software Removal Tool. This is a program that will scan your computer for the presence of viruses or malicious software and remove them.

Step2: If your computer is not up-to-date with the latest security updates, then check the Automatic Update Service. And turn on Automatic update.

  • Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  • Click Performance and Maintenance, click System, and then click the Automatic Updates tab.
  • Click the option that you want. Make sure Automatic Updates is on.

Step3: You can download free Microsoft Safety Scanner tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software (How to Fix a Virus-Infected Computer). It works with your existing antivirus software.

Step4: Update antivirus software and run a full virus scan. Delete temporary files from the "Temp" folder. Search the folder for any files that end with the extension ".tmp" and contain a random series of letters and numbers; for example, "fiajdihndnu12142.tmp." Conficker worm files often have these characteristics.

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