pretty nasty facebook virus

so, here's a little info on the nasty virus i got on facebook.

first off, it was some kind of wall post about a video, which "required me to update my flash player". that's a red flag right there. friendly advice: never click through a supplied link to download software updates. go to the company's site instead.

i'm pretty familiar with all this stuff, so i'm careful about clicking on things from unverified sources.

i tried to click somewhere else on my screen, blank space, whatever...somehow the virus stole the focus from the operating system, snapped the mouse cursor back across the screen to the "video" and my click landed there.

i've been using McAfee virus software; it IDs the virus as a form of what it calls "Vundo", aka Koobface (etc. etc.). it would quarantine the files, allow their "removal" but never ID everything because the virus re-established itself every time.

i've seen all kinds of advice on how to get this virus out of your system, and i tried a lot of those suggestions, and went beyond that into manually searching the registry and eliminating dozens of suspect keys, deleting suspect system files- i was ready to kill thge operating system to win...but i couldn't find all the components, and the virus still caused the computer to shut down improperly (choking on closing "explorer.exe") and the virus checking software would re-ID the same files when it started back up, and i'd be back where i started.

i've run into some viruses before, but this was by far the nastiest bug that didn't actually kill my system.

finally i just reinstalled the operating system- which almost always will do the trick.

more info:

PCWorld shows this virus as coming from email (which is certainly possible if you have facebook applications set to send you email notices) but i ran into it on the main facebook page you get when you log in.

hope this saves anyone the hassle of dealing with this themselves.


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