There is a popular virus affecting the Windows operating system via Facebook and other social networks.
There is a popular virus affecting the Windows operating system via Facebook accounts and it has been circulating among many of my friend’s social networks. Called Koobface, an anagram of Facebook, this computer worm targets the popular networking sites like MySpace, Twitter, Friendster and of course, Facebook. The Koobface infection has been gathering sensitive and personal information from its victims since late 2008.
Here is how it works: you may receive a message in your email from a Facebook friend who invites you to click on a link to a video. I have received quite of few of these “messages” and the friendly email is tempting, but a closer inspection almost always reveals typos and spacing errors. When you click on the link it takes you to a fake YouTube site and tells you that you need to update your “Adobe Flash” to view the video. It is when you permit the update that you give this virus access to your computer.
Koobface may appear in the form of a pop-up that says, “Error installing Codec. Please contact support.”
For more information on this latest cybercriminal trick, visit ABC News.
In the meantime, it is never wise to open attachments from unknown sources. Here are some other ways to protect your computer. Never download anything unless you are certain about its origin. I do not download anything I am forwarded, even if it comes from my own mother! I will not open emails from any source that I do not recognize, but the best advice of all is to invest in a reputable anti-virus program. We welcome your comments, so let us know what you do to protect your computer.