Conficker worm: How to tell if your PC is infected & Using Removal Tools

April 1st, 2009 - 10:46 pm ICT by GD  

How do you figure if your computer has a Conficker Worm and if there are free tools to remove it?

Conficker uses a security lapse in Microsoft Windows operating system but it was fixed last October. If you do not get automatic updates from Microsoft you could still be at risk of running the worm.

Conficker does not diasble your anti virus software. However it infects your computer so that it is not able to access the anti-virus vendors and Microsoft pages for automatic updates and also makes you unable to download Conficker removal tools.

The easiest way to tell if your PC has a Conficker worm is to check which websites you can visit. You would know you have the worm or a similar bug if you can visit most websites without a glitch but cannot access Microsoft Windows websites or vendors such as Symantec Corp or F-Secure Corp. If you indeed have the worm fixing your computer can get a tad tricky because the worm will not let you download removal tools to get rid of it.

The best thing to do here is to have a friend whose computer is free from the worm to download a removal tool for Conficker worm from Microsoft or any other anti-virus vendor and then email that tool to you. A number of free Conficker worm removal tools are available at

Conficker may block removal tools that are named Conficker so you may have to rename the file before you run it. A lot of anti virus vendors have already changed their file names to remove the word Conficker or they have purposely tweaked the spelling so that the virus does not identify it and lets it run on your system.

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