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?
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.