As many of you already know, the "Conficker Worm" was set to update today, in a sort of high-tech April Fool's joke. The Wall Street Journal has been saying the hype about the virus is overblown. Conficker has infected a lot of computers, but it hasn't done anything malicious yet, other than blocking access to security sites like McAfee. Today, the virus was supposed to get further instructions, but so far, it doesn't seem to have actually done anything. The sky is still firmly in place.
Still, if you have the virus, you should try and get rid of it, and if you don't have it yet, you should take steps to keep from getting infected. Here's what our IT department recommended. If you've been running Windows updates, you should be protected already, but I followed these procedures anyway this morning on my home computer just in case.
1. You can install the latest Microsoft service pack, with all its security updates, here.
2. If you don't have time to install the entire service pack, you can install just the Conficker update here.
3. If you think your computer is already infected, use this Malicious Software Removal Tool.