While Facebook viruses, aren’t new, they are certainly on the rise. The Galewher virus is the latest variant, and has been infecting users across Facebook over the last few days.
What can you do about viruses? As always, never click on any suspicious links in social media messages.
There are two variants of the Koobface worm. As part of their malicious payload, the worms transform victim machines into zombie computers to form botnets.
Even though the worms are currently only infecting MySpace and Facebook users, Kaspersky Lab analysts are warning users that the worms are designed to upload additional malicious modules with other functionality via the Internet. It is highly probable that victim machines will not only be used for spreading links via these social networking sites, but the botnets will also be used for other malicious purposes.
The virus galewher , either Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface.b, which targets Facebook users, creates spam messages and sends them to the infected users’ friends via the Facebook site. The messages and comments include texts such as Paris Hilton Tosses Dwarf On The Street; Examiners Caught Downloading Grades From The Internet; Hello; You must see it!!! LOL. My friend catched you on hidden cam; Is it really celebrity? Funny Moments and many others.
Please avoid these sites as they are obviously scams as they use a virus as their main marketing campaign.
I’ve been looking for ways to specifically remove this but don’t have a guaranteed solution. My advice is to go to the facebook security page and follow their advice:
Good luck, and remember that if you detect anything strange, do not visit the URLS. Here’s a few tips to keep your computer clean and your account safe:
Do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a friend or someone you know. Some viruses can replicate themselves and spread through email. Confirm that your contact really sent an attachment.
Do not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is questionable or unexpected.
Delete chain emails and junk email. Do not forward or reply to any to them. These types of email are considered spam - unsolicited, intrusive messages that clog up the inboxes and networks.
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