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Malware is everywhere. As soon as you connect to the internet, it haunts you wherever you go. Facebook, as popular ...
Malware is everywhere. As soon as you connect to the internet, it haunts you wherever you go. Facebook, as popular as it is, is becoming a suitable platform for scams that lure users to install malware on their computers without even knowing it. Recently, Facebook started resembling a horror movie. Videos of ghosts, giant sharks, mermaids and other supernatural phenomena are flooding Facebook's news feed. But the real scare comes from the hoaxes, scams and malware contained within these videos.
According to Malwarebytes, when the user clicks on the video, usually he or she is asked to download or install updates for video players that contain malware inside. As an example, a recent video concerning a ghost attack scam led to an installation of malware called PUP.Optional.InstallBrain. Another video scam shows Aswang, which is a werewolf/vampire kind of a creature. This video prompts users to download a malware-containing software called Scan your PC. In a similar way, a viral shark video hoax leads you to spam-infested pages when clicked.
The real danger comes when a friend from your Facebook contact list clicks on one of the videos and installs the malware. The video is then shared from his account and starts spreading around vigorously.
Christopher Boyd of Malwarebytes writes: “Please keep your hands inside the cart until the gates have opened, and avoid clicking on fake Facebook videos at the gift counter.”
So be aware, and avoid clicking the suspicious videos with werewolves and vampires. Let’s keep these horrifying creatures in the horror movies--where they belong!