- Obtaining sensitive information such as bank details and personal information,
- Using the machine as a bridge in major cyber-attacks
- Impersonating you and using your account for their own ends,
- Installing some form of adware on your computer and bombarding your machine with endless pop-up ads, spreading spam through your computer for material gains, deceiving you to fill out a survey or by any other means try to acquire financial resources and transmitting the virus to more people via your machine with the hope of multiplying their material gains,
- Retaliating, gaining fame or proving that they can infiltrate someone’s machine or/and spreading the virus to a lot of people for the same reasons.
It is indeed an executable file and actually not that cunningly masked. Thus, be sure to trace the path of the link and see if there is a “May09…” should you be in doubt whether a link by your friend leads to this particular malware.
Malicious applications on Facebook have appeared and disappeared just as quickly, but not without leaving a trail of destruction. The thing is that Facebook promptly notices these malicious apps and removes them from its directory but many people get infected before, as Facebook has 1 billion users and each second that such a malware is in the apps database, a lot of people get affected.
After you have entered, just pick the one(s) that are malicious, remove and block them from the list of apps which you have authorized to interact with your Facebook. Also, do not forget to signal Facebook for this misconduct by entering the app window and clicking the “Report/Contact This App” link.
It can be concluded that malware has penetrated the Facebook community, to some extent. There are several reasons (I have enumerated 6 in the Introduction) why malware is created. These malware take various forms, whether of applications or executable files which you will not even notice installing and have negative effects on your device. To effectively combat Facebook malware one must:
- Remove any apps that seem shady and that have not performed what they claimed they perform
- Be aware that messages in your inbox, chat messages, posts on Walls and Timelines, and notifications (such as a “notification” that claims that somebody tagged him in a picture) may contain malware if the friend sharing them is infected and one should ask your friend whether it was he who sent the message
- Enable login approvals
- Use up-to-date anti-virus software, preferably, with full real-time protection and up-to-date version of his OS
- Enable a firewall and use up-to-date browser that has an anti-phishing blacklist
- Check the path of shortened URLs by previewing them or using a URL decoder
- Not give your Facebook account and password to third-party websites
- Delete spam, viral or malicious messages that can be found in your Facebook profile and report any malware found
- Only use the services of trustworthy developers
- If a dubious link points you to a well-known website, always check the website’s spelling to avoid phishing
- Note that legit mails from Facebook usually consist of “update” notices instead of “notification” and that Facebook will never ask for his password via mail
- Don’t click on a notification if it appears illegitimate, but see what it is about from your profile (if the notification is real)
- Deduce from the app’s messages, context and presented ideas the degree of its reliability and credibility
- Only add friends that you know are real – don’t add unknown people as friends to your Facebook account.
- Don’t trust apps which claim to add a new feature to the Facebook platform, such as profile viewer and dislike button
- Avoid links which lead to surveys that need to fill out before you”continue,” as they are most likely scams
- Be aware that popular ideas, notions, people and events are often a basis for scams
- Periodically read materials on the latest threats in Facebook to understand how to handle them.
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