Google alerts users of Internet shutdown on July 9

“You computer seems to be infected…” If you are one of those who are viewing this message then you are in for a nasty surprise come this 9th July. Google has issued a warning to alert users whose devices are infected by the malware DNSChanger via a special message that will appear at the top of the Google search results page for users with affected devices.

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The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. Then the FBI set up a safety net a few months back using Government computers to prevent internet disruptions for malware infected computers. Infact it is also keeping people informed as to what the malware is and how it can affect your computer.

Google acknowledges the fact that at the current disinfection rate hundreds of thousands of devices will still be infected when the court order expires on July 9th and the replacement DNS servers are shut down. At that time, any remaining infected machines may experience slowdowns or completely lose Internet access.

The blog says “While we expect to notify over 500,000 users within a week, we realize we won’t reach every affected user. We also can’t guarantee that our recommendations will always clean infected devices completely, so some users may need to seek additional help. These conditions aside, if more devices are cleaned and steps are taken to better secure the machines against further abuse, the notification effort will be well worth it.

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