There are many different types of viruses that computers can become infected with, regardless of who manufactures a particular machine and which operating system it runs on. And one of the worst things about computer viruses is that the threat can come from multiple places, depending on the specific virus, and sometimes they can even come from places that many users perceive to be safe. Social networking sites are one of these places in which a user may become infected with a virus. And they are particularly vulnerable when visiting such sites because hackers are so good at getting the user to install the infected software through the performance of normal activities. One of these viruses that social networking site users want to watch out for is the Koobface virus. Koobface, an anagram of Facebook, which should give users a hint as to where it can be picked up, has been around since 2008. It was not until 2009, though, that the virus, Koobface, really began to wreak havoc on unsuspecting social networkers, when an even more malicious version was developed.
When a social networker is infected with Koobface, through a site such as Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, a number of things can happen to the infected computer. Issues such as being denied access to specific security websites, even though they are well-known and trusted, and abuse to your system by the initial attackers are issues that may result from infection. But, the ultimate goal of the hackers who infect a computer is to distribute malicious software that provides them with a profit through a pay-per-install process. And once the initially infected computer has the malware installed on it, it will begin to automatically distribute it to other computers. This has resulted in the hackers profiting in upwards of $2 million, in as little as a year’s time. The fact that the attackers are actually profiting is just one of the many reasons that you do not want to be infected with Koobface!
How to Get Infected/Symptoms
The process of becoming infected with this type of virus, Koobface in particular, is a little bit different than the process of becoming infected with other types of viruses. The difference is that users are attacked through social networking sites. Once a user is infected, that user will infect other individuals in their contact list by sending them messages. When another user opens the message, they are directed to a site where they will be urged to download infected software. If they do, then they will be infected.
Users running on Windows and Mac OS X operating systems are at the highest risk of being infected with Koobface! Virus protection is advised for all users though, including those running on Linux.
How to Remove Koobface
Although Koobface is distributed differently than other viruses, it can be removed in the same manner. Simply choose a virus removal program in order to remove the virus safely. Or, if you have more technical skill you can remove it manually as well, although this is generally not recommended.