Goto: http://www.dns-ok.gov.au/ (Govt web site) – checked as safe.
Despite repeated alerts, thousands of Australians may still lose their internet service come early next week unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.
The warnings about the internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Some internet service providers have sent notices, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) set up a special website.
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Is your computer infected? Photo: Tanya Lake
According to the FBI, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. About 6000 still-infected computers are probably in Australia, according to Australian communications regulator the ACMA, down from about 7500 on June 14 and about 10,000 on March 29.
The ACMA, together with other Australian government agencies, has developed a site (dns-ok.gov.au) for users to check if they are infected. People whose computers are still infected come July 9 will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the internet.