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Avoid and remove Facebook malwareFind out how you can avoid spamming your friends or infecting your computer by tightening your Facebook security.
-Hey everyone, I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com, and I'm here because we need to have a serious talk about Facebook. Criminals are getting really of tricking you into clicking links to fake apps like one is promise to show you exactly who is wearing profile, which will never happen by the way, and then what happens as you click that link, and depending on what kind of scam it is, you can get a computer virus, spy ware, you passwords can get stollen. Hackers can extort money from you, or you can turn into one of the annoying friends who unknowingly post spam on other people's logs. Don't be that person. Usually, people get Facebook malware because they fell for a spam you wall post, message or group. IOS notes spam when I get a weird link from someone who I never talked to. So, if you're the least bit suspicious about a link, don't click it. Hover over that post with your mouse and the click the X. In that menu, click report as spam, and Facebook will take it from there. You can also do this if some post spam as a status. Sometimes, it will look like a normal status that says something like, did you hear Facebook is finally getting a dislike button? And then there will be a little link at the end of it. Again, don't click it especially if it sounds too good to be true. A lot of spammers will post shortened links using services like [unk] so that you can't see the URL until you click it. So, if you ever see a shortened a URL, go to expand myurl.com, paste it there, and you will gonna see preview of the link, and then if you find out that it is spam, hover over the post click the X and mark it as spam. Another way you get in trouble is if you install a malicious app. Sometimes, you don't find out until it's too late and the app has used your account to spam other people or add weird things to your profile. If you think you've installed the bad app, head to Facebook and go to account, then privacy settings. Then go over to Apps and websites and click add it your settings, and then hit add it settings again next to apps you use. Now, you're finally at the page where you can delete apps. Just click the X next to any app you want to delete, and while you're here, delete apps you don't use, because they probably have permission to access your personal information. Now, if it's too late and your account has already been hacked or you think you might have malware, there are few things you can do. First change your password right away. You can do this by going to account, then account settings. Just type change to change your password. Make sure it's different than all your other passwords because if the hackers steals your Facebook password and it works for your e-mail account, he can use it together to that too. Go to passwordmeter.com to see if the passwords you're choosing are strong enough. A good password will have an upper case and lower case letters at least one number and a special character like a question mark. While you're in the account settings, go down to account security and hit change. Enable secure browsing so that third parties can hide dock your Facebook session. Also get notified if some logs into your account on all occasions that Facebook doesn't recognize because someone could be logging into your account without your knowing. Changing your password only fixes one type of fact. Other kinds will install malware, like spyware or viruses on your computer. Whether or not you think you have malware, you need to make sure you have antivirus program. AVG is free and highly recommended by CNET. Also, make sure you're updating your operating system. Microsoft and Apple released security updates of fix vulnerabilities in your software. For windows, go to start, then head to programs and windows update. On the Mac, go to the Apple menu and select software update. Now that sofware is up-to-date, you've removed that apps, and fixed your Facebook settings, you're already a lot safer. Do everybody a favor and ask your friends to the same thing. I seriously don't want to see another spammy update on my wall. Thank you and I'm glad we have this talk. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin, and I'll see you on the interwebs.