MARGARET WARNER (Newshour): In November 2008, computer security experts began detecting a new, highly sophisticated computer worm. They called it Conficker. Ultimately, it invaded at least 12 million computers worldwide.
The story of the campaign to defeat it is chronicled in a new book, "Worm: The First Digital World War." The author is journalist Mark Bowden.
COMMENT: I'm a computer specialist and IT Technician by trade, so I am aware of BOTnets and other malware.
There are protections for users, one mentioned in video is to keep your Windows OS updated.
The specific tool is Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool downloaded during updates (or via their PC Security site).
There is a simpler protection method. This malware cannot be use, or get on your system, IF you are NOT ONLINE. If you do not have a pressing reason to be online, don't; either disconnect your internet or log-off your system. Even better, turn off your PC when you are not actually using it.
Lastly, run a GOOD Antivirus Utility. All that I know of will protect you from KNOWN BOTnet malware.