How to Prevent Conficker

Conficker is the most harmful virus that enters your computer system as other viruses do. This virus enters through the network and damages millions of computers. It allows the remote computers all the accessing rights of your computer system, and is a grave threat to the security of your system. You can prevent entry of this virus in your system if you know the simple steps on how to prevent conficker.

How to prevent conficker:

Your computer can be prevented from conficker virus like all other viruses. Here are some tips that will help you in this.

  • While installing the antivirus and antispyware software in your system, make sure that they are licensed, and buy them only from trusted sources.
  • Do not turn off the firewall that is installed in your system any time; while attaching the USB, downloading something from the internet, when you are in network with other systems, etc.
  • Look for newer versions of software in the market with greater security features and update your systems regularly.
  • While installing flash drives in your system, scan them using antivirus software before opening them in your system.
  • You should always turn off “autorun” or “autoplay” feature for the USB devices while installing them in your system.
  • Apply device control policy to your system.
  • Use secured passwords that are difficult to access i.e. strengthen your passwords.
  • Disable the features such as file printing and file sharing in your system.
  • Apply MS08-67 patch to your system to protect it from conficker.
  • Application of device control policy is a must for all the computer system users in network or peer modules.
  • Install firewall in client systems, and also if your systems are connected in a network.
  • Use network access control or NAC. This will help you in keeping a track of the patches, antivirus, firewall and any other security updates to be up to date in your system.
  • Built-in device controls help in eliminating the risk from USB drives when they are installed in your system.
  • Do not download software from any websites that are not trust worthy. They increase the risk of infection of conficker in your system.
  • Be very cautious while opening any attachments in emails and while clicking on any advertisements in the internet.
  • Do not click on buttons like “agree”, “ok” and “I accept” on the windows that pop-up on any sites. Press “Ctrl + F4” or “Alt +F4” instead of this.

If your system is infected by conficker, then these tips will help you in removing the virus from your system.

Recovering your system from conficker:

  • Conficker can be removed by using the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. This tool is available freely online and you can download it and clear the virus infection from your system.
  • This software scans the system for any virus and clears it effectively.
  • You can download this software from the Microsoft websites “” or “”.
  • This antivirus software is not real-time software; hence, it cannot protect your system from further infection. You should always follow the precautionary measures that are given above to prevent your system from infection.
  • You will also get a tool in Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 6.0. This tool is the Stand-alone system sweeper tool, which will also help you in removing the infection of conficker.
  • You can get this tool on Microsoft’s official website “”.
  • Further, you can also prevent the conficker infection to your system by running the Microsoft Forefront client Security on you system. This software blocks the entry of the virus in your system.

After you have fixed the virus in your system it is compulsory that you turn off autoplay in your operating system. This must be done for any operating system and the steps for it are as follows. These steps are somewhat common for all the operating systems.

  • Step 1: Click on the “start” button.
  • Step 2: Then, click on “run” here.
  • Step 3: In “run” type gpedit.msc and then press “enter”
  • Step 4: Look for the computer configurations here, and expand the administrative template.
  • Step 5: Click on either system or Windows Components depending upon the operating system you are using and then click on “autoplay policies”.
  • Step 6: Now, click on “turn off autoplay”
  • Step 7: Click on “properties”
  • Step 8: Now, under turn off autoplay click on the “enabled radio button”
  • Step 9: Select all drivers
  • Step 10: Click “ok”
  • Step 11: Restart your computer system and finally you are done with the virus fixing.

The precautionary measures and the virus recovery methods to prevent conficker that are given above are helpful and save all your important data from getting corrupted easily.

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