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How to avoid, remove Facebook malware

Nowadays, Facebook is filled with spammy posts and fake applications. Sharon Vaknin gives you a tutorial on how Facebook malware is contracted, how to avoid it, and ways to remove it.

We've all seen Facebook posts that say things like, "Finally! Facebook got a dislike button! Click here!" or "See who is viewing your profile OMG I cannot believe it!!!!!!" or something else equally enticing.

Some of us, overwhelmed by desire, have fallen for these posts and learned an important lesson the hard way: Facebook is full of spam.

Many of us fled MySpace in hopes of a cleaner, spam-free, and polished platform, but it was only a matter of time before hackers figured out how to attack us on Facebook, too.

On Facebook, there are a few different ways your account, privacy, and computer can be compromised. Sometimes hackers will simply phish for your log-in information and hijack your account, spamming your friends in the process. Other times, the app that promised to be a "dislike" button will instead download and install malware on your computer.

Check out the video below, where I give you a mini lesson on how Facebook malware is contracted, how to avoid it, and different ways to remove it.

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Have you ever clicked on a bad link or installed a dirty app? In the comments below, tell us what happened.