Malicious Malware Being Delivered By Private Messages - Facebook Hoax
Mar 5, 2014
The Facebook message below: "Do Not Open Any PMS From Anyone!!!! Malicious malware being delivered by private messages," is a hoax and is spreading on Facebook like wildfire. Malware and other malicious programs can be delivered by a private message, but you cannot infect your computer with malware by just opening the message, which the hoax claims. Surprisingly, the hoax claims that you should download the Facebook Malware app to secure your account, but that app doesn't exist.
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The Facebook Hoax: "Malicious malware being delivered by private messages"
DO NOT OPEN ANY PMS FROM ANYONE!!!! Malicious malware being delivered by private messages, it will say it came from a friend, and JUST OPENING THE PM will bomb you, even if you don’t click on or open the file!!! REPEAT: DO NOT OPEN ANY PMS, run your malware scan and I advise downloading the Facebook malware app to secure your account!!!!!!!!!!
A Facebook private message by itself cannot infect your computer; you must click on a malicious link within the message for your computer to get infected. Clicking on a malicious link will take you to some compromised, malicious website or will download a malicious file onto your computer, which you will have to open for your computer to become infected.
Also, Facebook scans all links for malicious content. This includes links on your Wall, Timeline and messages. But, although they do this, it is not wise to just click on any link sent to you in a private message or posted on your Facebook Wall or Timeline.
If this hoax is sent to you, please do not share, like or comment on it, instead delete it.
We recommend that you install antivirus software on your computer, which will help protect your computer from getting infected with malware. Click here for a list of free antivirus software that you can download and install on your computer and mobile device.
If you have already shared, “liked” or commented on this hoax, please click here for instructions on how to remove these Facebook actions. This will help stop this hoax from spreading to other Facebook users.
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