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Conficker Virus Information


The Conficker C Worm

The Conficker worm is a virus that can infect your Windows PC. It is able to spread itself to other computers across a network automatically, without human interaction.  It is estimated that this worm has infected over 10 million computers to date, and is set to come out of dormancy on April 1st, 2009 (Wednesday).  On that date Conficker will download instruction code from internet servers. These instructions could contain nearly anything, including commands for a host computer to take over infected computers. The instructions might also activate a keystroke logger to steal your personal data (i.e. usernames, passwords), or it might turn infected computers into an army to attack technological infrastructures, or the worm's instructions may cause no problems. It is not known what the instruction code might contain.

Last October, Microsoft issued the Windows Security Update MS08-067 to address the vulnerability. If this security update was installed, the chances of infection are minimal.  In addition, Computing and Communications provides anti-virus (Sophos) and anti-spyware (SpySweeper) software at no cost to install and run on Windows and Macintosh computers.  Running a full hard-drive scan with an up-to-date anti-virus program could detect this infection.

If you have any questions or concerns please call or email the C&C Help Desk at x23555 or

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541