FBI Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

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FILE – This undated handout image provided by The DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) shows the webpage resulting from not having the DNS malware. It will only take a few clicks of the mouse. But for hundreds of thousands of computer users, those clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing their connections. Tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday July 9, 2012 unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago. / (AP Photo/DNC Changer Working Group, FILE )
WASHINGTON (AP) — The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.
LISTEN NOW! But tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.
Despite repeated alerts, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. Of those still infected, the FBI believes that about 64,000 are in the United States.  MORE

To check whether a computer is infected, users can visit a website run by the group brought in by the FBI: http://www.dcwg.org/ 

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