I have read articles which claim Facebook is a site with viruses, and that 20% of the people who use Facebook will come down with at least one virus. I read the article, but paid it no mind, after all, at the time I had total computer protection through MacAfee. Paid, not the free version.
One day we got an email from a good friend, who stated this Christian woman needed prayers, and the message told a very sad story about this woman. The letter ended with a request to pass this along to all your friends as quickly as possible so our prayers will help her.
The only problem was this letter was a fake, yet it had our friends name and email address on it. So how did someone get our friends email information, as well as ours? This virus embeds itself into your computer, and hijacks all your email addresses, as well as any information you have concerning your friends. In our case, the virus picked up on the fact that we were Christians, and used a Christian message to get us to click onto it, which had our Friends name attached to it. This is a very smart virus program.
To get the virus, you don;t need to visit any site, simply open up an email, almost always from a friend, and you have the virus. And not only you, but every single one of your friends will be getting messages from you, and if they click onto them, the entire process repeats itself.
As far as I have been able to find out, the virus isn't dangerous to your computer, but will continue to hijack all your emails and friends information as long as it remains in your computer. And your friends, man, are they goping to love you when they click onto those links, and in most cases, are lead to viagra ads. sometimes the ads are x rated.
We also got the virus a second time, this time I got a message from a very good friend, I clicked on it, and a tiny bug came on my computer screen and began crawling around, and a message popped up, I just gave you a computer bug, you can thank me later. The message was not from him, but sent out by the same virus that had gotten onto his computer, from Facebook.
The email messages this virus sends out looks like the real thing, and the messages and your friends names attached to them are always changing. One I got concerned money I had inherited from a friends estate - the only problem is I knew this friend was still very much alive. Another message concerned a video I should check out, I didn't. In fact, I no longer will open any emails from Facebook. Every one of the virus messages have come from their site, many will have a friends name, but where their email should be, their is an re or some letters like that, which is a big clue its the virus sending you the message. So iof you do not see your friends email after their name, DO NOT OPEN IT UP.
One last thing, even long after you have warned all your friends, and it looks like the virus has finally stopped sending out messages, it has only taken a break while it waits to steal even more information from your computer. And to be honest, I did get it off my computer, because I bought a new computer, and I am not opening any emails from anyone at facebook.