Photo of a Disfigured Girl Facebook Virus Warning - Facebook Rumour

17 Jul 2013 - Article No: 1751. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour


URGENT - DO NOT (!!) OPEN THE PHOTO OF THE GIRL WITH THE DISFIGURED FACE CIRCULATING ON FACEBOOK, OR THE VIDEO THAT SAYS THAT YOU APPEAR ON IT, OR ACCEPT INVITATIONS FROM THE BIRTHDAY CALENDAR...They are POWERFUL COMPUTER VIRUSES named "TROJANS". DO NOT OPEN the video/pic of the girl who commits suicide, or VIDEOS that come and say "FX" (there are several) like the one of the dog with two legs. DO NOT OPEN ANY PAGE THAT SAYS "WHO VISITED YOUR PROFILE". These pages HAVE V-I-R-U-S-E-S that AUTOMATICALLY get FORWARDED TO YOUR CONTACTS... BE CAREFUL ALL!!!!
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A warning is circulating Facebook making various assertions about apparent viruses that are allegedly circulating the site, including a virus that activates when you open a photo of a girl with a disfigured face.

Like many warnings that circulate Facebook, this is just another almost worthless warning that ultimately serves to provide more alarmist misinformation than it provides any actual help. The author does not appear to have any real knowledge of how viruses or Trojan horses infect computers, and thus has created a warning that ultimately makes little sense.

Firstly, the primary part of the message that warns against opening a photo of Facebook that shows a disfigured girl is utter nonsense. Not only are we unaware of any attack of any kind related to such a photo, it is important to realise (something which the author of this warning does not realise) that merely opening a photo on Facebook is not enough to put your computer at risk of being infected with anything.

Like we reiterate so many times on this site, it is near impossible that your computer can become infected with any type of malware providing that you stay within the Facebook website itself. And since opening a photo on Facebook doesn’t involve leaving Facebook, you cannot become infected with a virus by doing so.

The same principle applies to the rest of the message that also warns against opening various other photos or videos. The final claim made in the message about opening pages does not make it clear whether it means opening a Facebook Page (which is safe) or an external webpage (which could be dangerous)

If you want to avoid infecting your computer with malware or handing over your personal information to criminals it is always wise to avoid clicking untrusted links that lead to external websites - i.e. take you somewhere else other than Facebook, as well as avoiding installing unknown Facebook apps.
The warning above contains a smidgen of truth in that it does describes the typical bait that online scammers do (and have) used to lure victims outside of Facebook (or to installing rogue apps), but the specious and ambiguous nature of the “warning” makes it almost totally worthless.

You can read more about Facebook and viruses and how Facebook can play a role in infecting a computer by reading our article Can you get a virus from Facebook?

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