Dick Eastman often shares his considerable knowledge of technology on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Blog. I believe it’s very important for family historians and genealogists to be cognizant with both the good and the bad, so I’d like to share the following important information with you:

Is your computer running slower and slower? Has your antivirus software been disabled? If so, your system is probably infected with an online advertising scam called DNS Changer and may lose its ability to connect to the Internet on July 9.

Luckily, there is an easy way to determine if your system has been infected: the FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, www.dcwg.org, that will inform them whether their computer is infected and explain how to fix the problem.

If your system is infected and if you procrastinate until July 9 or after, you won’t be able to connect to the Internet and therefore won’t be able to run the online test. The time to test is NOW.

You can read more in an Associated Press story by Lolita C. Baldor at:


The FBI’s warning may be found at:


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