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Conficker C Computer Worm Expected to Launch April Fool's Day


As you may have heard in recent media reports, there is concern about the Conficker C computer worm expected to launch on April 1. It is estimated that the worm has already infected as many as 5 to 10 million computers world wide, and it is believed that on April 1, all infected computers will come under the control of a master machine located somewhere across the web.


There are several precautions that every computer user can take to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of Conficker and other viruses:

  • make sure your virus definitions are up to date;
  • run a Windows update and do a full system scan; and
  • make sure all your critical files are backed up.

For information on how to do these things, please visit the Protect Yourself page.


For more details about the Conficker C computer worm, please visit:


For details on what the worm does, please visit:


For more information, call the IT Support Centre at 613.533.6666.



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