Joel Sioson

Facebook Virus

You might have seen in your facebook newsfeed some friends posting links about shocking videos, cctv footages, sex clips, "click the image to donate" or fake celebrity accidents.

The thing is, most of them are fakes and considered as viruses.

Recently, images of a fake cctv footage of Vhong Navarro's beating has been spreading like grass fire in facebook like this one:

Most likely, the people who click on these links containing catchy headlines or interesting images may result to any of the following:

  • be automatically added to a group; or subscribed to an unknown facebook page
  • tag your friends in an unknown or scandalous post
  • automatically like or post a one-liner comment to an unknown or scandalous post
  • be directed to a malicious website
  • have your facebook account compromised
  • re-post the spam links to your friends' wall (exposing your late night facebook surfing habits!)

When you think that you have fallen prey to these fake links or you have granted permission to dubious applications that automatically post a lot of things on your timeline, then you might want to consider the following suggestions:
  • clean your browser cache (press ctrl+shift+delete)
  • scan your computer with an anti-virus (try malwarebytes, highly recommended)
  • change your password
  • check the facebook groups you're into
  • review the facebook apps that you have granted permissions and remove those you don't use anymore (click the gear icon on the upper right corner of your facebook page > go to settings > apps)

One way to avoid this kind of hassle is not to click on links right away. Notice that if you hover your mouse to a link, the website address will be displayed at the lower left portion of your monitor. Take time to read the url (most viruses use .info domains) and if it looks something out of the ordinary, it might just be another facebook virus.