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Facebook checks you for malware

Facebook is now helping its users remove malware from their computers with the Malware Checkpoint tool.

Facebook is now helping its users detect and remove malware from their computers with its new Malware Checkpoint service.

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Previously, Facebook offered a free anti-virus as a solution, but only after detecting a possible infection. Now, users can "proactively" use the Checkpoint, which will send PC users to one of two tools, Microsoft Security Essentials or McAfee Scan and Repair. Mac users are redirected to the Apple Security Updates page.

Previously, if you suspected you may have malware installed on your device, you would either need to run anti-virus on your device or wait until Facebook identified an actionable threat. Now, with our new self-enrolment malware checkpoint, you will be able to proactively obtain your choice of a free anti-virus product to scan and clean your system.

Facebook is not the only internet giant to offer malware detection; Google also offers a detection service that shows a warning at the top of search pages if it thinks your machine has been compromised.