Black Monday – Possible of 300K of outages

Do you want to quickly check out whether your machine is infected with the “DNS Changer” Virus which is supposed to go global on Monday July 9th. Read on..

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I know everyone that reads Dads’ Taxi is very alert about Malware and virusus.

Tomorrow (Monday, July 9th) is when up to 300 thousand PC’s may go dark because of the “doomsday virus”. What does going dark mean? It mean you won’t be able to get on the Internet and update your Facebook status, or do ANYTHING on the internet.

Of course the media is hyping this possible situation to the max and trying to get everyone to be scared silly. Well on Dad’s taxi, we try to alleviate your concerns by providing you with links that were published on Yahoo that you can use to see whether your computer is/was infected. It takes 20 seconds of your time and any one of the links below will do the check for you.

The Taxi is providing these links as a courtesy to my legions of followers. Ok, the ten’s of follower’s I have!

Online security firms, Facebook and the FBI are offering free diagnostic checks for users whose computers may be infected. Here are links to several sites:

Malware check: http://dns-ok.us/

After you run the real time tester and you see the image below, your machine has been infected!

FBI: https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS

DNS Changer Working Group: http://www.dcwg.org/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-security/notifying-dnschanger-victims/10150833689760766

McAfee: http://www.mcafee.com/dnscheck

Keep in mind, this malware was discovered and and baddies that originated this malware were arrested. The information was excerpted from the following Yahoo News Site:

  • The problem stems from malware known as DNS Changer, which was created by cybercriminals to redirect Internet traffic by hijacking the domain name systems of Web browsers.
  • The ring behind the DNS Changer virus, discovered in 2007, was shut down last year by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Estonian police and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Because the virus controlled so much Web traffic, authorities obtained a court order to allow the FBI to operate replacement servers which allow traffic to flow normally, even from infected computers.
  • But that order expires Monday, when experts say infected computers will face an “Internet doomsday.”

iTunes Glitch

itunes upgrade and colors problems resolved

This is a good one. I upgraded my iTunes and suddenly I had 2 separate problems that needed attention.

  1. Somehow after the the latest (I think it was 8.0.2)  iTunes/Quicktime upgrade, my Itunes would no longer start. Everytime I tried to start iTunes, I got a message stating  my QuickTime was corrupted or was invalid. Thankfully, the error message led you to the Quicktime site where you could download the Quicktime upgrade.  You have to uninstall Quicktime and re-install and you are back in business with iTunes.
  2. Now the next problem really freaked me out. When I started Itunes,  I was suddenly seeing odd colors (purple/fuchisia)for backgrounds. The body was an absolutely UGLY purple/fuchia and  the left hand was a dark shade of Grey.. So I googled it and found out that this problem was my own doing. I had set my display attributes to 16 bit as opposed to the 32 bit and this upset iTunes. If you want details on this you can go to the Some Life:Fixed blog site for details. My question is don’t they test iTunes with all resolutions.. Using the instructions fromthe SLB:Fixed Blog (thank god!) Well I reset my resolution to 32 bit and the colors went back to their normal vanilla colors.

Free Tech Support Blog – Dave Taylor

A few days ago, on one of my machines, IE was no longer the default browser. So I went to google and “googled it” to find how to revert my settings to have IE the default browser.

One of the sites that I found which I was really impressed was: Ask Dave Taylor.

Dave’s blog is a great site for answers to most of your technical questions. As he says on his blog:

Dave answers technical questions on wide variety of questions including Facebook, Windows, Search engine optimization, etc..

Check it out.