Article ID : S1Q0331 / Last Modified : 02/06/2019Print

Important information regarding the Conficker Worm Virus

    Any of the following symptoms may indicate your computer is infected with the Conficker worm, also known as Downadup, Kido or Conficker.B:

    • The McAfee® Web site, Symantec® Web site, or other security-related Web sites cannot be accessed.
    • Slow network connections.
    • Account lockout policies are activated.
    • Automatic Updates, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows® Defender, and Error Reporting Services are disabled.
    • Domain controllers respond slowly to client requests.

    Note: It is also possible your computer may be infected with this virus and not show any symptoms.

    If a Conficker virus infection is suspected, the infected computer should be removed from the network. Most anti-virus software manufacturers have released free removal tools that can verify the presence of a Conficker infection and remove the worm. Here is a link to a free removal tool:

    Note: If you are unable to download the removal tool on the infected computer, download it using another computer and transfer it to the infected computer with a CD or USB drive.

    More detailed information about the Conficker worm and manual removal instructions are available on the Microsoft web site in Microsoft KB Article ID 962007.