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It looks like just a small number of internet users have been affected by the malicious software that could have cost them the ability to go online as of midnight last night. The malware took over computers around the world more than a year ago, but for the past eight months, the FBI has been running internet servers as a temporary safety net to keep the infected computers online.

Surfing the web has become an everyday occurrence for most people, and just the idea of going without Internet for even a day can be scary.

"I need the internet. It's just anything from recipes to health to what's going on today," says Raven Del Mar of Pierre.

Del Mar is a writer. Her laptop is working just fine, but thousands across the globe weren't so lucky thanks to international hackers who installed malware on computers more than a year ago. There was a safety net provided by the FBI to keep them online for the past months, but it was taken down Monday at midnight.

"The computers that are infected are actually shut down as of today. They can't actually get onto the Internet totally. They may see some slowdowns, they may see full Internet loss," said Rob Weissenburger of Advance Tech.

Providers in the area say they haven't seen too many issues so far, but if you think you may be infected, contact your internet service provider to see if you have a bad signal or if it is in fact malware.

"Any PC or Mac is able to get it. Any type of mobile device that you actually use can be susceptible to it because it doesn't just affect the computers themselves. The virus actually goes and looks at more or less the entire network inside the home," said Weissenburger.

Not all anti-virus software was able to catch this particular virus, but computer experts say installing anti-virus programs is still the best way to protect your computer.

FBI officials have been tracking the number of computers they believe may still be infected. As of last night, there were about 42,000 in the U.S.
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