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Internet Doomsday: Millions of computers may loose Internet on July 9, 2012

Bangalore, 6 July 2012: Thousands of computers will loose access to Internet from July 9, 2012 onwards due to the attack of a virus called "DNS Changer". As per the reports released by Internet security firms, the virus is expected to affect the computers' abilities to correctly access the Internet's DNS system.  The viruses were designed to redirect internet traffic through rogue DNS servers controlled by criminals.

Users can check whether their computers are infected by this virus through online tools. Such tools are available at the McAfee website (http://www.mcafee.com/dnscheck) or DNS Changer Working Group's website (http://www.dcwg.org/). The users should backup their data using usb drives or external hard drives / DVDs and scan their system for viruses.

Even though the virus threat is lesser compared to other viruses such as Zeus, SpyEye, Alureon etc, the recovery takes more time. At least four million computers located in over 100 countries which includes mainly United States, Italy, India, Germany, UK, Canada  may have been infected. The day (July 9), is also described as 'Internet Doomsday'