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P I X I E

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For the record OP, telling you that you are wrong in thinking there are no Mac viruses is NOT an attack. You're either ill informed or just in plain denial. I mean this in a very nice way.

Feb 18 13 07:20 am Link

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hbutz New York

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Ronkonkoma, New York, US

NO!  You NEVER listen to a website when it tells you to download and install software, never ever.  The website has no clue as to what you have installed on your PC or MAC aside from your browser version, OS, screen resolution, etc.  Websites can NOT determine if you have a virus.

What often happens is that an advertising banner gets hacked, which is displayed on FB which tells you to install a virus.

NEVER trust any website which asks you to download software, update your Adobe Flash Player, or install a browser plug-in/toolbar.  NEVER EVER.

Feb 18 13 10:14 am Link

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Digital Photo PLUS

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Lorton, Virginia, US

It probably was Facebook forcing you to run their malware detection software.


http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook- … 2333195766


http://www.csoonline.com/article/710835 … -roadblock

Feb 18 13 10:30 am Link

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Sophistocles

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Seattle, Washington, US

Digital Photo PLUS wrote:
It probably was Facebook forcing you to run their malware detection software.

It probably was NOT.

That program required that the user actively join and use it. Since the OP did not indicate that he or his "friend" did this, the odds that this is the situation are quite thin.

This is not an automatic behavior of Facebook. One must know about it and make the decision to use it first.

Feb 18 13 12:13 pm Link

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Sophistocles

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Seattle, Washington, US

hbutz New York wrote:
NEVER trust any website which asks you to download software, update your Adobe Flash Player, or install a browser plug-in/toolbar.  NEVER EVER.

Really?

Someone tell Microsoft Security Essentials.

*eyeroll*

Feb 18 13 12:14 pm Link

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Carl Roberts

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

Digital Photo PLUS wrote:
It probably was Facebook forcing you to run their malware detection software.

Sophistocles wrote:
It probably was NOT.

So if my Kaspersky is not picking it up
And I'm not seeing any other indication of a problem

What was it, and how do I fix it?

Feb 18 13 01:11 pm Link

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Sophistocles

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Seattle, Washington, US

Carl Roberts wrote:

Digital Photo PLUS wrote:
It probably was Facebook forcing you to run their malware detection software.

So if my Kaspersky is not picking it up
And I'm not seeing any other indication of a problem

What was it, and how do I fix it?

It's not a virus. It is more than likely either payload in bad ad (though I should note that Fb is *very* good about filtering those) or an extension to your browser.

Malwarebytes is a good place to start.

Feb 18 13 01:12 pm Link

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eos3_300

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Brooklyn, New York, US

Here is the story
Apple, Macs hit by hackers who targeted Facebook

http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-apple-h … 05220.html
Hope the roomate sees this

Charlie Miller, a prominent expert on Apple security who is co-author of the Mac Hacker's Handbook, said the attacks show that criminal hackers are investing more time studying the Mac OS X operating system so they can attack Apple computers.

"The only thing that was making it safe before is that nobody bothered to attack it. That goes away if somebody bothers to attack it," Miller said.

Feb 19 13 02:27 pm Link

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Christopher Hartman

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Buena Park, California, US

SPierce Photography wrote:
Wow! lol Anyone else log into facebook, only to get an error that "your computer is affected with a virus, so you have to download and run this virus scanner before we'll let you back on?" error message?

I'm on a mac (and I don't have a virus) so it let me just fake it, check a box, and go back to an account. However, they're forcing a friend of mine on a PC to download McAfee before they'll let him log back in. He just went into his husbands mac, unlocked his account there (all we have to do is check a box that says I'm virus free) and then was able to log back in later.

Does anyone know if FB got hacked into, and their download link is a virus or something that's infected unsuspecting customers? The Apple download just takes me to the apple.com support page.

I doubt that's FB.  They got it from another page or they clicked on one of those phishing app like pages that they and/or their friends fell for.  Last weekend for Valentine's day, one was going around that claimed to be able to make your page RED (the color).

Feb 19 13 02:35 pm Link

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Christopher Hartman

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Buena Park, California, US

hbutz New York wrote:
NO!  You NEVER listen to a website when it tells you to download and install software, never ever.  The website has no clue as to what you have installed on your PC or MAC aside from your browser version, OS, screen resolution, etc.  Websites can NOT determine if you have a virus.

What often happens is that an advertising banner gets hacked, which is displayed on FB which tells you to install a virus.

NEVER trust any website which asks you to download software, update your Adobe Flash Player, or install a browser plug-in/toolbar.  NEVER EVER.

I will NOT visit PhotoSig anymore.  It's bad enough with all their popups.  After i got one about the virus scan, I couldn't get out of it.  Don't know if anything got infected, but IS played it safe and got me a new HD.

That's the only "legit" site I have ever had this happen.  All the others were some porn site.  If you stay away from those...

Feb 19 13 02:44 pm Link

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Connor Photography

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Elkton, Maryland, US

SPierce Photography wrote:
Wow! lol Anyone else log into fFB has reached a new low

What is FB?  smile

Feb 19 13 02:44 pm Link

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picturephotos

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sophistocles wrote:
Let's clear this up now.

1. There are viruses in the wild for Mac. Now. To say otherwise is, well, frankly, ignorant.

2. This is not FB. That popup is malware, likely already on your (or your friend's) computer. It may look like it's coming from FB, but it's not. If you or your friend downloaded what was "required" by this popup, you're now even more infected. Sorry about that, champ.

3. This has nothing to do with the recent hack of FB. Nothing. At all.

4. There is no number four. One through three pretty-much covered it.

+1, especially to point 2.  I'm no expert on malware, but even I know this.

Sophistocles wrote:
*eyeroll*

I am forever amazed at how little regular computer and internet users know about computers and the internet.

Feb 19 13 02:47 pm Link

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eos3_300

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Brooklyn, New York, US

Christopher Hartman wrote:
That's the only "legit" site I have ever had this happen.  All the others were some porn site.  If you stay away from those...

Has happened to me 2-3 times on MM

Feb 19 13 03:43 pm Link

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joeyk

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Seminole, Florida, US

iMate, you have some 'splaining to do...

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=880933

Feb 19 13 05:52 pm Link

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Digital Photo PLUS

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Lorton, Virginia, US

Sophistocles wrote:

It probably was NOT.

That program required that the user actively join and use it. Since the OP did not indicate that he or his "friend" did this, the odds that this is the situation are quite thin.

This is not an automatic behavior of Facebook. One must know about it and make the decision to use it first.

Facebook's recently launched Malware Checkpoint, which prompts users to scan and clean their personal computers, has drawn criticism from users who claim it has locked them out of their accounts.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/259216/f … block.html

Feb 19 13 05:54 pm Link

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Carl Roberts

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

Sophistocles wrote:
It probably was NOT.

That program required that the user actively join and use it. Since the OP did not indicate that he or his "friend" did this, the odds that this is the situation are quite thin.

This is not an automatic behavior of Facebook. One must know about it and make the decision to use it first.

Digital Photo PLUS wrote:
Facebook's recently launched Malware Checkpoint, which prompts users to scan and clean their personal computers, has drawn criticism from users who claim it has locked them out of their accounts.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/259216/f … block.html

I swear to God I thought it looked legit
I checked the Address link and everything

Apparently it really was from Facebook

Feb 20 13 05:01 am Link

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R A V E N D R I V E

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New York, New York, US

I don't even know where to start with this thread, I'm laughing though!

Feb 20 13 05:03 am Link

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Sophistocles

Posts: 21320

Seattle, Washington, US

Digital Photo PLUS wrote:

Facebook's recently launched Malware Checkpoint, which prompts users to scan and clean their personal computers, has drawn criticism from users who claim it has locked them out of their accounts.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/259216/f … block.html

Only if the user opts in first. It won't prompt you unbidden.

Feb 20 13 08:51 am Link

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ME_

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Atlanta, Georgia, US

Richard Dubois Nudes wrote:
I am forever amazed at how little regular computer and internet users know about computers and the internet.

You wouldn't believe the things I hear every day. Many people do not even know what "press the power button" means and are completely lost if the computer isn't up and running already when they walk up to it. Others have no idea that they can log into their Web-based email from any computer. Others think "the desktop" is a type of software on their computer. Many don't know what "paste" means. Many don't know how to detach a file from their email. Some don't know that "www.abc.com" is not an email address and vainly try to send over and over and can't figure out why it doesn't work.

These are all university graduates and many have advanced degrees. The WORST by far work for one of the oldest and largest computer hardware and software companies in the world.

Feb 20 13 09:08 am Link