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JOiseau
Jul 05, 2011

Is it possible to get a computer virus from Facebook?

I've heard that some of the apps that install on Facebook can give your computer a virus. Is this true? And if so, why doesn't Facebook stop them?

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Allan Peppelman
01/14/2013

I guess it is if you download a bad app, you should use common sense and only download apps that are from reliable sources and make sure you have a good antivirus installe don your computer (I have Unthreat Antivirus and I really like it).

jimlynch
12/19/2011
Hi JOiseau,

Here's a short article that has some good tips on how you can avoid Facebook viruses and spam messages.

6 Tips to Avoid Facebook Viruses and Spam Messages
https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150162049491602

"I'm seeing a lot more of my friends falling prey to Facebook viruses latley so I thought it would be a good time for some simple reminders on how to avoid them. Technically speaking, most of the "infections" you get on facebook aren't often virusus at all but they can be equally malicious and for the sake of simplicity we'll just lump them all under the category of viruses.

These often appear on your wall in forms of a bizarre or eye-catching stories and videos and once the user has clicked/liked the link, it is already late. The next step will be getting rid of your"infection" whichcan be a time-consuming process. Its better to avoid spam messages and trojan viruses in the first place"
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lbloom
07/05/2011

Yes, it's possible to catch a virus from Facebook, but if you use your head, you should be able to use it while avoiding the viruses and spyware that its add-on applications may install. 

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