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July 6, 2012 / Raffy Pekson II

Your PC Might Lose Internet Access on Monday

More than a quarter of a million PC users could find themselves cut off from the Internet on Monday as the FBI takes down a safety net protecting them from a specific piece of malicious software. Some 277,000 Windows PC users in homes and businesses worldwide, including 64,000 in the U.S. They still have not cleaned up a specific piece of malware spread to 570,000 machines more than a year ago.

Last fall, FBI agents discovered — then took offline — the computer servers that criminals were using to control PCs carrying this malware. The agency also activated replacement servers as a safety net, so that the victims would not lose Internet access immediately. That highly unusual back-up system is being shut down as of 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday.

To know more on how to tell if your PC is affected, go to USA Today–Tech

Photo by groovysoup at Flickr.com

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