K7 Computing Release Free Tool for Downadup Worm
Chennai, Tenn. — March 31
K7 Computing, an information security software company, has developed a free tool to counter the threat posed by the latest version of the Conficker worm. This worm exploits Microsoft OS Vulnerability (MS08-67) and has already infected more than 200 million PCs across the globe.
This worm can seriously compromise PC security by blocking access to Security Web sites (like K7 Computing, Symantec, McAfee, etc.), disabling Microsoft updates and Windows Security Center, terminating Security Applications and add markers for future use by malware and updating itself automatically.
The latest versions Conficker.C and D have been set to look for new updates on the Internet starting from April, 1. It will visit a Web site, from a set of 50,000-plus random sites to look for latest updates. These malware Web sites are expected to be enabled on April 1 to host the updated malware.
The nature of the latest update of this worm is unknown. It may cause havoc by launching Denial of Service attacks on various Web sites including security Web sites, attack government infrastructures, spread new malware, send out deluge of SPAM, steal password, credit card, private and confidential information and destroy all data in a PC.
Andrew Lee, CTO of K7 Computing, said, “Although Conficker is hitting the headlines, it should be remembered that the threat of malware is a constant one. People should make sure they are properly patching their operating systems and maintaining updated anti-virus products. Otherwise, they will be exposed to malicious software of all types.”
If a PC is infected, the user can download the free Downadup Removal Tool.