Google is spreading information about the DNSChanger malware, but for some the warnings may persist even after removing the malware. Google alert claims users’ internet may shut down on July 9.
Google’s search results page shows a warning at the top that states “Your computer appears to be infected” along with a small description about systems not being able to connect to the Internet in the future.
The message also includes a link to an information page that generally describes what malware is and how to detect it.This alert has had a few people concerned about their abilities to stay online.
This message from Google is an effort to help people who were infected with a widespread malware infection called “DNSChanger.”
The DNSChanger malware is a Trojan horse infection that at its peak affected approximately 4 million PC systems worldwide, with about 500,000 of those being in the United States. When installed, the malware changes the system’s DNS server settings to point to a rogue DNS network set up by the malware developers.
Because this threatens the connectivity of thousands of PC systems, to help inform people of this malware threat, Google has implemented a service that determines if the rogue DNS network is being used by your computer, and then issues you the warning. If you see this warning, then there are several things you can do:
1. Check your DNS settings
2. Update antivirus utilities
3. Run DNSChanger removal tools
4. Clear browser caches and monitor the system
Source: CNET News