Facebook security problem
Facebook security problem

Computer problem (s)

Facebook security problem

These are our most popular computer problem related articles - solve your computer problem (s) !

Facebook security problem

Computer problem (s)

Facebook security problem

XP Security 2012 Firewall Alert - Vista Internet Security 2012 Firewall Alert - Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert

Facebook security problem
First published 02-07-2011
We have seen a total of 12 computers with the XP Security 2012 Firewall Alert - Vista Internet Security 2012 Firewall Alert - Win 7 Antivirus 2012 Firewall Alert malicious software (scam ware) infection.
For such a small place - that's a lot ! Multiply these local figures up for a place like the UK for example and you should see a number nearing a 100,000 infections or, should you ?
We have questioned each of the people who have brought their computers to us to have this malware infection (scam-ware) cleaned off and we cannot find a common denominator.
First of all, we thought that it may have come from "Facebook" but we can't be certain - the juries out (so to speak). However, we do want to take this opportunity to offer a word of warning to "Facebook" users.
If you decide to join "Facebook" as a member of a particular group with a common interest or, cause, be aware that others (with an opposing view to that of the "Facebook" group) may also join. They may do this for any number of reasons say, to monitor what is going on or, what is being said within the group, but there are people who will join who have more sinister intentions - they may join the same group with the intention of causing problems for its members.
Nowadays, it's quite common to see a "We cannot be held responsible for the content of 'external' websites" disclaimer on websites that are very popular. There are a number of reasons why a popular website may feel that it is necessary to include such a disclaimer. For the moment, we want to highlight just one of these reasons.
In the Tic Top Tip column, we have mentioned "drive-by" attacks on many occasions. A "drive-by" attack is where your computer is attacked when you visit a website or, web page. The site/page may have been deliberately constructed with the intention of infecting their website visitor's computers with something quite nasty.
Alternatively, the website of an innocent party may contain a weakness which allows someone with sinister intentions to inject malicious code into their website
which then, infects the computers of visitors to that website.
Well, if someone with sinister intentions was to place a link within the text of a comment in your "Facebook" group and it led you to an infected site/page or, to somewhere which contained something that tempted you to visit another site/page or, to download something or, to join up for an email newsletter, imagine for a moment, the damage that they could do to the computers of those people in that particular group.
There are many documented examples of this happening in the real world so, be careful, especially if you join a Facebook group that may attract the attention of someone with a 'strongly-held' opposing view to that of the group.
This may well explain how the computers that we have seen this week became infected, true to say there is no conclusive proof, but nevertheless, this doesn't stop us from having suspicions.
Of course, it's also possible that the computers were infected in some other way, such as via a Trojan within a bit torrent download - we couldn't find any evidence of that, but don't forget, not everyone will admit to illegally downloading films from the internet !
Equally, it's also possible that the infection spread through an attachment from one of these 'round-robin' emails, but nothing conclusive could be found there either.
Eventually, we gave up trying to find the source of the infection and just concentrated on getting every one's computers fixed and back to them, but as there have not been any reports of a massive outbreak on the internet, we presume that these people's computers have become infected from a more 'local'source.
Of course, we have to mention that one of the computers that we fixed didn't have any virus protection at all, most of them did however, but on some, the virus definitions were out of date. Some didn't have the latest Windows service packs installed either - it must be the heat !
Facebook security problem
Facebook security problem
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2007 - 2011 www.ticproblemsolver.com - all rights reserved