A malware virus first tracked by the FBI in 2011 may cause your computer to shut down at 12:01 a.m. on July 9, according to reports from the FBI.
Only 64,000 computers in the United States are still infected by the virus that causes your computer to be unable to connect to the Internet.
To determine if you have the virus on your computer, log onto www.dcwg.org and follow the directions.
Computer owners might not know that their computers have been infected, according to Kip Koon, owner of Computer Doc and an Internet technology consultant expert with 35 years of experience.
“Viruses, particularly Trojan viruses, present a whole world of bad possibilities for computer owners,” Koon said Friday. “Hackers may be able to access your computers and obtain all types of information ranging from a complete list of your email contacts to a list of your user names to your banking information. Hackers could obtain any information that you have on your computer.”
Koon said that anyone who hooks up their computers to the Internet or downloads any software applications should purchase reputable security software for their computers.
While Koon recommends using AVG Antivirus and Internet Security software, he said there are several reputable companies on the market.
“Just make sure you purchase as much protection as you can afford,” he said.
Koon said there are a multitude of companies and individuals out there touting their skills at removing viruses from your computers. The cost to have a professional rid your computer of a virus or viruses can range anywhere from $50 to a couple of hundred dollars according to the extent of the damage to the computer, he said.
“Make sure you take it to someone with experience,” Koon added. “Don’t trust your computer to just anyone.”
To contact Koon, call (803) 460-0470.