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Worm Downadup (Conficker) - how to prevent your Windows computer

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Downadup (known also as Conficker) is the worm for Windows which disables system services like Windows Automatic Update, Windows Error Reporting, etc. and then connects to a web server from where it downloads additional malware onto the victim’s computer. This worm already infected over 9 million PCs all over the word. If you are already infected you can find how to remove it here. But, here are the steps how to prevent your windows computer of infection of this worm with disabling the AutoRun feature:

  1. Click Start, Run and enter gpedit.msc and click OK.

  2. For Windows XP go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System

  3. For Windows Vista go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components
  4. Next, for both: go to Autoplay Policies, in the settings - right-click Turn off Autoplay, click Properties, click Enabled. Select All drives in Disable AutoPlay on combo box

  5. Click OK
  6. Restart the computer

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