I noted on Twitter today that @nytimesscience reported on Worm impacting computers around the world (as noted here by John Markoff, January 22, 2009)… 

"A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world’s leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.

"In recent weeks a worm, a malicious software program, has swept through corporate, educational and public computer networks around the world. Known as Conficker or Downadup, it is spread by a recently discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability, by guessing network passwords and by hand-carried consumer gadgets like USB keys.

"Experts say it is the worst infection since the Slammer worm exploded through the Internet in January 2003, and it may have infected as many as nine million personal computers around the world."

Concerned? Be sure to run the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.

To download the x64 version of Malicious Software Removal Tool, click here.
This tool is not a replacement for an anti-virus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an anti-virus product.

New versions will be made available through the MSRT web page, Windows Update, and the Malicious Software Removal Tool Web site on Microsoft.com.

Also a link is http://preview.tinyurl.com/MSMSRT.

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