Monday, 19 January 2009

An old friend added you as a friend on facebook

This was sent to me by a reader - who is a Mac user and therefore probably not susceptible to attack by the Trojan the email contained.  Sensibly the reader didn't open the attachment.

The links in the email seem to take you to Facebook.  The malware is the attachment which you are instructed to open to see a picture of your, so called, friend.

Don't panic if you accidentally install the Trojan.  Download and scan your computer with Malwarebytes.

There are two versions of malwarebytes.  

A paid for one: This version provides realtime protection.  It will remove even the most pernicious malware and actively protect your computer in the future.  This is an excellent piece of software for use on a family computer - or any computer whose user(s) may be less than 100% vigilant or confident about which links they are clicking on!

A free one:  The free version is not pro-active and doesn't provide real time protection.  You will have to tell it to update and scan your computer.

Subject: An old friend added you as a friend on facebook

Facebook is a social utility that connects you with the people around you.

Facebook notifier

One of your old classmates added you as a friend on Facebook. We need to confirm that you know her in order for you to be friends on Facebook.

To see her picture please check your attachment.


The Facebook Team

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