PandaLabs and Panda Security’s malware analysis and detection laboratory, has detected the massive propagation of a fake virus alert among Facebook users in the last 24 hours. According to the company, this is another attempt by cybercriminals to infect users with fake antivirus programs.
The fake warning is being distributed via e-mail and users are forwarding it or publishing it on Facebook walls, 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. For example, some look like this:
The fake antivirus (or rogueware), used in this fake virus alert is called LivePcCare. Following are additional screenshots that demonstrate what these warnings look like:
PandaLabs advises users against contributing to the propagation of this fake virus warning. In addition, consumers are urged to ensure their computers have the latest protection technologies and run frequent on-demand scans of their computers.
The computer security software industry has formed an organization called the Common Computing Security Standards Forum, to combat the rise of Rogue Anti-Virus. Among other things, it publishes a list of legitimate Computer Security Software Companies. Before installing any security application on your computer, you are advised to check it out on this site.
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