The Symptoms of the “Facebook Bug”:
The bug I’ve seen a lot of lately starts out with a post on your Facebook Home Page from one of your friends, it shows an attractive looking girl and the caption is something like “OMG, this girl committed suicide on Christmas Eve. You won’t believe what her Dad posted about her.” And it invites you to click a link to find out what her dad said. Do NOT click that link. As soon as you do, it will install it’s nasty little “germs” on your computer and your friends will be getting that message from you.
The jury is still out on who is creating this garbage and it’s not the very worst bug in the world. There’s another that seems to also originate from Facebook and this one breaks into the email address you registered with Facebook and sends everyone in it a link to a Viagra ad. And this one picks up EVERY address that ever crossed your path. People who wrote to you, people you wrote to, people who were copied on emails you got and who you wouldn’t write to in a million years, etc. And they all get Viagra ads from YOU!
What to Do About These Bugs:
Most of this stuff is “malware.” Sneaky, underhanded but not full viruses of the old school. They don’t break your computer, but they get a lot of your info., they intrude on your friends and they are a huge pain. So far the best site I’ve found to fix them is www.malwarebytes.com. Go to the site and download their free version (of course, if you wish, you can go all out and buy the upgraded version which works faster, does a bit more but the free one will do what you need). Make sure you update the software before running it as the database of new malwares is always growing. Then simply run a full scan. It will find the bug and give you the option to remove it. And once you’ve got the software installed, you should run it every couple of weeks. You may be surprised how many intruders it has picked up.
Caution is Your Best Tool:
Facebook is very popular now. That makes it very vulnerable to the kinds of creeps that plant bugs, trojans, hijackers, etc. Be wary of what you click on. Popups that warn you need to install virus software are VERY dangerous. Don’t even click the X to close them. If you get one of those popups, press your POWER OFF button and restart your computer. Any other response could install a dreadful bug. Be careful out there, sleep tight and don’t let the Facebook bugs bite.