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Conficker C - UPDATE

Previously I had mentioned a not so new virus called the Conficker C that is likely to explode on infected computers on April 1st, 2009. 

As an update, Microsoft has released a patch to download.  The patch, which can be downloaded by clicking on the patch link at the end of this post, is just one step in securing your computer.  Follow these steps to ensure maximum protection.

  1. Download the Microsoft Patch
  2. Update any Anti-virus/Anti-spyware software you currently have.  If you do not have any software, I'd suggest downloading Free Firewall/AntiVirus Software from ZoneAlarm.
  3. Apply a Microsoft update for the AutoRun feature.  This allows you to stop a drive (either a USB thumb drive or external hard drive or CD/DVD) from auto playing.  (Note: You can also do that by holding the Shift key down while putting the disk or USB drive in)
  4. There is also a manual removal of Conficker virus (there are 3 versions, A, B, C), which is on the Microsoft site for reference.
Again, more information will follow in the coming days, but if you continue to have questions, don't hesitate to contact me at anytime or comment on here. 

R.I.P Windows XP, October 25th, 2001 - April 14th, 2009.

Well, not exactly. 

Microsoft will finally be pulling the plug on its most reliable Operating System to date on April 14th, 2009, hoping more users will make the switch to Vista.  This isn't surprising news since Microsoft has stated that they were stopping all retail sales of boxed versions of XP, and computer manufactures were forced to stop installing XP on their consumer machines as early as last year. 

However, this doesn't mean XP is just officially done.  Microsoft will continue to support security fixes, not bugs in the OS.  They will continue to do so until 2014.  They call this their "Extended Support".  By that time Windows Vista will be on it's last legs and Windows 7 will have already had a couple years out on the market.

Are you looking to make the switch to Vista right now?  Take a look at my Top 5 reasons why you should NOT make the switch to Vista at all.

  1. Microsoft will still support XP until 2014, why even bother changing what is already working for you?
  2. Windows 7 is right around the corner, and if you thought XP was great, wait until this OS comes out.  There are already testing being done and the reviews are out of this world for what this OS can do.  From security to top notch extras that truely are needed, I suggest waiting it out.  It's not too far away.
  3. Why spend $200-$500 for an Operating System that still has bugs?  OH, and also for the fact that it'll be obsolete in less than 2 years, just proves the point to wait it out for Windows 7.
  4. Vista doesn't provide anything different except for a few design changes than XP.  For the average user, we won't see the difference. In fact, users when switching to Vista, end of changing their start menu back to XP or even 98 style.  Just ask my mom ;-)
  5. The cost factor involved in getting a new OS installed, and then finding out your old Dell doesn't have enough memory or speed to work with the average Windows Vista Home Premium software.  In this economy, who has money to just spend on an average, at best, operating system?
What are your thoughts? Are you still making the switch?  Let us know, and why!