I told you recently about the government's battle with two nasty viruses that have stolen more than $100 million. One of them is Gameover Zeus, and I'm going to tell you about an easy way to see if it's on your computer.
First, what is Gameover Zeus? Well, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
GameOver Zeus (GOZ), a peer-to-peer (P2P) variant of the Zeus family of bank credential-stealing malware identified in September 2011, uses a decentralized network infrastructure of compromised personal computers and web servers to execute command-and-control.
In simpler terms, Zeus is a virus that gets on your computer, steals your bank account information and sends it back to hackers so they can clean you out. Your garden-variety Zeus virus gets instructions from a single location, which means law enforcement can shut it down.
Gameover Zeus, however, is has controllers on every computer that it infects. This means it spreads faster and is tougher to track than any other member of the Zeus family.
Don't panic, though; cybersecurity company F-Secure has your back. It's launched an online scanner that looks for signs of Gameover Zeus in your browser.
The message you want to see is "Most likely not infected." If you see that, you don't need to do anything else, although you should always keep your security software up to date.
If you come up with a message saying you're possibly infected, don't panic. It might be a false positive. Follow my steps to detect and remove a virus to see what comes up.
If you find and remove Zeus, immediately change your banking passwords and call your bank. This will lock out hackers and alert your bank to watch for signs of fraud.