The online community is buzzing over a , which threatens to lock out tens of thousands of people from Internet access on July 9. It may also search out private information.
The nasty bug was unleashed approximately five years ago by cybercriminals in Estonia, according to CMIT Solutions.
The problem was so concerning that the FBI responded by running a computer intervention. (Click here to read more from the FBI on the DNSChanger malware.)
Getting the message out to millions of Internet proved harder than expected for the FBI, so the agency elected to keep the servers online a bit longer.
Despite several delays, the FBI said it will pull the plug Monday, so now’s the time to run a check, or risk the chance of waking up Monday without internet service (gasp!).
FBI data estimates as many as 277,000 computers are infected worldwide, according to a Huffington Post report. About 64,000 of those machines are likely in the United States.
To find out if your computer will still be connected on Monday, visit FBI-approved www.dns-ok.us for a simple online test that will tell you if you're good to go.
More information regarding malicious software removal can be found at the website of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: https://www.uscert.gov/reading_room/trojan-recovery.pdf.