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Conficker Virus Potentially Dangerous to Computers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A potentially dangerous computer virus could cause a lot of damage on Wednesday, April 1.

The conficker worm has infected more than 10-million computers in 150 countries, and some computer researchers think it may activate Wednesday. 

You may have it if you don't have anti-virus software installed on your Windows based P.C. and it's running slow.  It can spread very easily from the internet, USB keys, or flash drives.

The scary thing about conficker is that no one knows exactly what the worm will do.  John Abrams, a computer and network engineer, says, "It could be a big joke, a big April Fool's Day joke, or it could be a serious attack.   It could be used to control machines and what they do, or to steal credit card and bank information."

The best thing you can do is update the version of Windows you have and download current anti-virus software. If you want to find out if conficker is on your computer or remove it, you can go onto Symantec's website.  We have a link directly to it on this site, just look on the tool bar above and click on-air links.