POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 5:19pm
UNITED STATES — Pay attention - or you could be booted off the Internet on Monday because of a malware that was planted in thousands of computers through a online advertising scam several months ago.
The FBI shut down the scam, but once the malware is removed, thousands of computers will lose Internet access.
Many internet providers and high traffic websites, such as Facebook, have been informing users for weeks now... but many people still don't know if their computers are infected.
Those users will lose Internet access on July 9th, when the FBI shuts down the malware.
The FBI set up a special website with a link that allows people to check if they have malware on their machines. The site also includes a link to tell you how to remove the malware if your computer is infected.
According to the FBI's special malware website: "An industry wide team has developed easy “are you infected” web sites. They are a quick way to determine if you are infected with DNS Changer. Each site is designed for any normal computer user to browse to a link, follow the instructions, and see if they might be infected. Each site has instructions in their local languages on the next steps to clean up possible infections."