Can you trust Conficker clean-up advice on Twitter?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I would be cautious of trusting Twitter users who recommend you try Trend Micro to clean-up the Conficker worm.

Not because Trend Micro can’t help you remove the Conficker worm (I’m sure they can), but because it could be that the Twitter users are actually making money out of getting you to click on the links. And maybe they never had a Conficker infection at all.

The following YouTube video explains more:

Ugg!

In a nutshell, lots of different Twitter users are posting identical messages recommending other Twitter users to try out Trend Micro’s anti-virus product as it helped them with Conficker…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.