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Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July

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Posted: Apr 20, 2012 9:22 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 20, 2012 9:22 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Internet, virus, problem, fix computers, software, trouble

WASHINGTON- Some people will have trouble doing anything on the Internet later this summer. That's because a safety system that's keeping many computers working even though software is infected with a virus will be turned off July 9th.

The problem started when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system will be shut down this summer.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by a security partner that will inform them whether they're infected - and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.

To check and clean computers, try: http://www.dcwg.org

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