PC Virus: Downadup/ Conficker/ Kido

Downadup/ Conficker/ Kido – Three different names, same self-replicating worm. It affects computers running Windows operating systems. Put simply, you really don’t want to be one of the more than 15 million people stuck dealing with this virus. 

What’s the cure? 

Windows Updates!

Run Windows Updates until all of the updates are installed. If you have been practicing safe computing and kept your computer up-to-date, you don’t have much to worry about. A patch was released last October that fixes the vulnerability that Downadup/ Conficker/ Kido exploits to do its damage.

This is a perfect demonstration of why you should always keep your software up-to-date. Software companies spend a ton of money identifying and patching vulnerabilities in an effort to prevent worms like this from spreading. Download the updates, they’re free and can save you a lot of grief.

Mac, PC, or Linux – practice safe computing by keeping your software up-to-date.

8 thoughts on “PC Virus: Downadup/ Conficker/ Kido

  1. What’s the cure?

    Replace your infected, buggy, slow and bloated OS with Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, ignoring anyone who says, Linux should wait and see What happens to it if it were to become popular’

    Linux is sufficiently popular to have been suverted, but it hasn’t been!

  2. Not only can this virus disrupt your PC, since it can disable your ability to connect to software update sites it leaves you vulnerable to even more malware. You need to disable AutoPlay as well as patch your PC. See: http://www.downadup.com

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