If your computer has been infected with any type of computer worm or virus, including Conficker Worm, a large number of tools for worm removal are available on the Internet and most are also free. But with all software downloads there are dangers, so you should always check to make sure the worm remover tool is from a trusted source. If you are running Windows, stick with Microsoft software downloads. Microsoft offers a “Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool” free of charge for its Windows operating system. The great thing about this free worm virus removal tool is that it updates once a month and reports if a worm virus or other malicious software is found. Other worm virus removal tools include: Norton AntiVirus and McAfee Antivirus. These software programs are not free. It is important to note that while the Microsoft Software Removal Tool helps remove infections, it does not prevent them. If you want added security, it’s best to install Norton or McAfee as well. You can also install a top-notch virus protection program such as BitDefender or Kaspersky.
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software including Blaster Worm, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder. Version 1.30 adds Win32/Allaple to the list of malicious software this tool detects.
You can download directly from the Microsoft website or Cnet.com.
About Conficker Worm
Conficker Worm is a computer virus that has at least 5 variants. These include: Win32/Conficker.A, Win32/Conficker.B, Win32/Conficker.C, Win32/Conficker.D, and Win32/Conficker.E. Conficker Worm A was reported to Microsoft on November 21, 2008, B was reported on December 29, 2008, C was reported on February 20, 2009, D was reported on March 4, 2009, and Conficker Worm E was reported on April 8, 2009.
All Conficker Worms are considered severe and each has the ability to disable important services on your computer. The worm might spread through file sharing and via removable drives. USB drives are especially susceptible. Shared computers with weak passwords are susceptible as well as computers without the latest security updates and computers with open shares. The worm works by attempting to make numerous connections to computers across networks and it seeks systems that do not have current security updates, have open shares, removable media, or weak passwords. With removable drives, according to the Microsoft Security website, Conficker Worm adds a file to the removable drive. When the drive is used the AutoPlay dialog box will show one additional option.
The Conficker Worm can cause other problems besides disabling important services on your computer. It can also prevent your computer from downloading security products such as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool and you may be unable to access certain websites such as the Microsoft Update.
Microsoft released a security update in October 2008 to protect against the Conficker Worm. Microsoft Word offers the following steps if computer users are still worried about Conficker Worm:
- Go to http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate to verify your settings and check for updates.
- If you can’t access http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate, go to http://safety.live.com and scan your system.
- If you can’t, go to http://safety.live.com, contact support at 1-866-PCSafety or 1-866-727-2338. This phone number is for virus and other security-related support. It is available 24 hours a day for the U.S. and Canada. For support in other countries, visit the Worldwide computer security information page at http://www.microsoft.com/protect/worldwide/default.aspx.