PandaLabs warns for fake virus alerts on Facebook

Posted on Thursday, January 28 2010 @ 12:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Security researchers from PandaLabs warn users for a massive increase in fake virus alerts that are spreading on Facebook:
In the last 24 hours, PandaLabs has detected the massive propagation among Facebook users of a fake virus alert. The truth is, this is just another attempt to infect users with fake antivirus programs.

The fake warning is distributed via email and users are forwarding it or publishing it on Facebook walls, thereby further spreading the hoax. The text of the fake warning reads as follows:

ALERT >>>>> Has your facebook been running slow lately? Go to "Settings" and select "application settings", change the dropdown box to "added to profile". If you see one in there called "un named app" delete it? Its an internal spybot. Pass it on. about a minute ago?.i checked and it was on mine.

There is no associated link, but if users search the Web for more information, they will encounter numerous malicious websites designed to download fake antiviruses.The fake antivirus (or rogueware) in this case is cold LivePcCare.

PandaLabs -the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security- advises users not to contribute to the propagation of this fake virus warning, and, as always, to ensure their co mputers have the latest protection technologies. It also urges users to run frequent on-demand scans of their computers.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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