If you’ve encountered a virus in Facebook’s Fan Check application, you’re not alone. Legions of people have speculated that Fan Check, an application that tracks your friends’ Wall and photo activity to determine whether they’re your “fan” (or stalker), is actually a virus.
According to NetworkWorld, Fan Check is not a virus. However, hackers have taken advantage of users’ fears by proliferating Fan Check “removal” sites that actually put malware on your computer. PCWorld describes how googling a solution to the Fan Check virus could actually make your situation worse:
The scammers are trying to capitalize on the concern that many Facebook members have about the application. At this point it’s unclear whether it’s problematic itself or not.
…as Facebook members use popular search engines to find antivirus information about Fan Check, they are getting results that point to sites that can infect their computers with malware.
“The phrase ‘Facebook Fan Check Virus’ is currently a hot trending topic on Google, with many net users searching for information. However, hackers have set up websites pretending to be about the ‘Facebook Fan Check Virus,’ but which really host fake anti-virus software which display bogus warnings about the security of your computer in an attempt to get you to install fraudulent software and cough-up your credit card details,” Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, wrote on Monday in his blog.