It's not funny. Conficker is a worm, a virus that infects computers. The experts are confounded because the worm is already here, and why would someone infect a computer and announce a date? The problem is widespread and continuing. Cleaning out your computer periodically is the only way. I reformat my hard drive, and wipe it out on a regular basis. The speed it runs at is wonderful. I hate to do it, but it's the only way to get rid of a virus and a worm, and always try to avoid downloads, and opening attachments. It's the world we live in now. Conficker is just a big, bad Internet virus like the flu.