Stopping Conficker: The Tools You`ll Need

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Conficker is predicted to hit PCs and the Internet hard on April 1. Regardless of if the gloom and doom predictions ring true, why take chances? Some security vendors are looking to come to the rescue by offering free tools to stop Conficker in its tracks.

Thanks to the exaggerated dangers posed by the Conficker worm, many are wondering if they are safe from the predictions of gloom and doom expected to hit internet connected PCs on April 1.

Luckily, it takes very little to be prepared for and stop Conficker from impacting your PC and ending the world as we know it. All hype aside, PC users need only to turn to two well-known security software vendors to check for and remove Conficker for the shocking price of free.

F-Secure and BitDefenter have placed free tools on their respective Web sites that detect and remove Conficker. The idea is for those companies to tout their wares, while offering a valuable service. F-secure is offering its free Web-based service called EasyClean (http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/onlineservices/fsec/fsec.shtml) to remove Conficker and many other malware ills. EasyClean works by downloading and executing a small application, which then scans the PC (with a little help from F-Secure’s Web site) and removes viruses, worms and other bits of evil code. It’s a simple process and something most people should do, especially if they are running outdated security software.

A visit to Bitdefender’s BDTools.Net website (http://www.bdtools.net/) offers a quick and simple way to check for Conficker and all of its various iterations. Bitdefender is taking more of a straightforward approach by offering an executable file (for both single PC and network PCs) that targets Conficker, Kido and other variants of the Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen. For those that are running antivirus protection, it sure doesn’t hurt to give BitDefender’s "Downadup" application a try.

Thanks to F-Secure and BitDefender, there’s now no excuse to act immediately to stop Conficker in its tracks and perhaps, while you’re at it, upgrade your anti-malware applications and apply all of the latest patches.

Conficker is one case where it is easy to be safe instead of sorry.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com