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Monday, May 28, 2012

Google Says Your Computer is Infected?

Chances are that if you use Google search engine, you have received a message telling you that your computer may be infected with a virus.

A screenshot above is what your computer may look like when visiting Google.

Unfortunately, Google should have elaborated when displaying this message.

According to a news article, a few years ago, FBI agents raided a group of hackers that were creating fake DNS addresses with servers they had created. Hundreds of thousands of computers are said to be using these servers to access the web and the FBI has continued using these servers up until July 2012 when they will be discontinued.

Google has taken it upon themselves to alert everyone that uses their search engine about this problem but in a fairly vague way. I'd say, for most users with brand new computers bought within the last 3 months, you will not have to worry about this message.

Unfortunately, I am not too familiar with DNS so I am unsure of what it does exactly and what can be done to ensure that you do not lose access to the web.

For most users, I'd say that this message has nothing to do with your computer. This message is sent to everyone which is why I am seeing it on all of our computers as well as my Android phone.

Contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider; Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast...whoever you subscribe to for internet service) and ask them about this message and what you can do to ensure that you do not lose internet access. I am almost positive that DNS has to do with the way that your computer to connect with the internet and is controlled/connected to your ISP.

I am sorry for my lack of information on the topic; as I said before, I do not understand DNS as well as others and I do not use Google so I was a bit slow in finding about this message.

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