The incredible stupidity of many people shows every time something like this is brought up. We are reminded of how many people really should not be allowed to connect to the internet, because they don’t exercise the caution that should be part of using a computer.

With the number of products that are available, free, and effective at the removal of the problem,  the intelligent person might believe that Conficker would have been eradicated by now, but such is not the case. The story in Maximum PC tells of the April 1 anniversary, which is one year past the time when Conficker was to deliver its payload.

In just a few days from now, we’ll reach the one-year anniversary of the Downadup/Conficker threat’s April 1, 2009 trigger date, and just like last year, April Fool’s Day will likely pass without seeing the Internet come crashing down.

At the same time, Symantec says Conficker continues to spread, whether we know what its creators had in mind for an end-game or not.

“Today, one year later, we know that the criminal(s) behind Downadup/Conficker still have the keys to some 6.5 million of these computers, which have not been fixed by their owners, leaving them open to be victimized at any time by cybercriminals,” Symantec wrote in a blog post. “We’re still seeing the .A and .B variants of the worm continue to spread, albeit at a much reduced rate.”

According to Symantec, the infected PCs are being “very closely monitored” by law enforcement and the members of the Conficker Working Group, so even though several million PCs remain vulnerable, all the attention is “likely [to] prevent [Conficker’s creators] from further playing out their original criminal plans.”

Even still, Symantec says we’re still not out of the woods.

“These 6.5 million computers infected with Downadup/Conficker are still much like a load gun, waiting to be fired,” Symantec warns.

Though the Symantec person might have a problem with the English language, we get the idea.

It would be interesting to see how many computers infected are also using non-genuine copies of Windows, because Microsoft would have us believe that all of them are. (This, by the way, is just one reason why the Microsoft Security Essentials, if you are to believe the rhetoric of Microsoft, should be a free, non-WGA download. The dollars saved by avoiding the spread of malware and viruses would far outweigh any gains Microsoft obtains with the WGA crapola.)

It is also a very good argument for the Australian idea of cutting off infected computers from the internet, for as each infected computer is cut off, the venues of propagation are eliminated.

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