|McAfee Releases Free Tool to Help Users Identify the Risk of DNS Malware
IT News Online Staff
McAfee has released a free tool to help consumers who may be infected by the 'DNSChanger' Trojan stay connected after servers are shut down by the FBI on July 9th.
The new McAfee tool, available on the McAfee Web site, helps users easily identify whether they have been affected by the malware and offers a free solution if they have been infected.
Domain Name System, or DNS, converts user-friendly Web site names into the Internet protocol (IP) addresses that computers use to talk to each other. When users enter a Web site name into their Web browsers, their computers contact DNS servers. If users' computers have the wrong DNS settings for the servers, they will not be able to access Web sites, send email or use Internet services.
DNSChanger is a trojan created by cybercriminals to redirect the Internet traffic of millions of unsuspecting consumers to Web sites where the thieves have profited from advertisements.
All computers still infected with DNSChanger malware will no longer be able to access websites, email, chat, or social networking sites like Facebook after July 9th.
"Identifying and changing these settings manually can be difficult," said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president, McAfee Labs. "By providing a free tool that walks them through the process, we're making it easy for consumers to fix their settings and stay connected. For us, this is part of our relentless focus on protecting and liberating consumers so that they may safely experience everything the Internet has to offer."
Consumers can easily check if they are infected with the DNSChanger Trojan by visiting http://www.mcafee.com/dnscheck and clicking a button to see if their computer has been infected. If they are infected, the website will offer them a free solution to restore their Internet settings.