With all the hoopla over the Conficker worm these days — the virus is now said to be installing fake antivirus software, most recently infecting hundreds of computers at the University of Utah — it’s hard not to be concerned. A new “Conficker Eye Chart,” however, is making it simple to see whether your PC is in trouble.
The Conficker Eye Chart
The Conficker Eye Chart couldn’t be easier to read. Just look at the six boxes below, then scroll down for an interpretation guideline.
Reading the Conficker Eye Chart
All the Conficker Eye Chart is doing is testing to see whether you can connect to several different Web sites that the virus would block access to. Here’s the key, courtesy of the Conficker Working Group:
|If you see this above:||It probably means this:|
|= Normal/Not Infected by Conficker (or using proxy)|
|= Possibly Infected by Conficker (C variant or greater)|
|= Possibly Infected by Conficker A/B variant|
|= Image loading turned off in browser?|
|Any other combination||= Poor Internet connection?|
If you think you might be infected, try some of these tips for protecting your PC.