I was surfing the net few days ago when I saw the news about this Conflicker-C virus posted on yahoo...which they call "April Fool’s Day Virus". I read a few lines then I started thinking if my computer is already infected as well. Here's the deal, Conflicker-C virus is a worm type virus and even Microsoft has offered $250,000 bounty just to catch its developers. I started thinking back about the Love-bug virus and how it hits Microsoft and even Pentagon.
Research proves that this Conflicker-C worm already infected at least 3 million PCs, and set to spring to life in a new way on Wednesday (April Fool's Day). That's when the infected PC's (which is called "botnet") will get more aggressive about "phoning home" to the worm's developers over the Internet. When that happens, the worm developers will be able to trigger the program to send spam, spread more infections, clog the networks traffic, or even bring down Web sites. Even legit sites can be co-opted for this purpose, once hackers make it through...it uses the sites servers to send out malicious commands.
Infected computers have been trying to connect each day to 250 Internet domains (spots on the Internet where Web sites are parked). The worm developers need to get just one of those sites under their control to send their commands to the botnet.
They say that it will get harder to track On April 1 and it is said that infected machines will generate a list of 50,000 new domains a day that they could try. Of that group, the botnet will randomly select 500 for the machines to actually query. This worm tries to crack administrators' passwords, disables security software, blocks access to anti-virus vendors' Web sites to prevent updating, and opens the machines to further infections by Conflicker's authors.
This virus trick people into downloading a malicious program, Conflicker is so good at spreading because it finds vulnerable PCs on its own and doesn't need human involvement to infect a machine.
Here's some reports regarding the April Fool’s Day Virus | Conflicker C
Some Anti-virus company offers Removal tools for this but keep in mind that your Windows/Operating System should be updated as well. You can check Symantec Website for more info about Conflicker-C and how to remove this worm...click HERE.
I also found a report about Conflicker eye chart and how it works. Conflicker eye chart is the easiest way to determine if your computer is infected with Conflicker worm. For more info on how this "Conflicker eye chart" works... click HERE.