8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 14, 2010 1:05 PM by thomas_r.
bechard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello All,

I opened what I thought was a facebook email reminder on my Hotmail account. My computer froze, so I had to hold down the power key to reset the computer.
I have come to find that this is some sort of "virus". Has anyone heard of such a virus and if so is there anything to worry about?
Also, is there any freeware virus protection/removal that anyone would recommend?

Thanks in advance,

Paul

Macbook5, 2; 4g Ram; 13", Mac OS X (10.6), First Mac, Various ipods
  • 1. Re: Facebook Virus
    Jane Knox Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
  • 2. Re: Facebook Virus
    sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
    "...I have come to find that this is some sort of "virus"...

    And how did you come to find this?
  • 3. Re: Facebook Virus
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,960 points)
    I opened what I thought was a facebook email reminder on my Hotmail account. My computer froze, so I had to hold down the power key to reset the computer.


    Sounds like you had a crash. Better investigate the cause of that.

    I have come to find that this is some sort of "virus".


    How did you do that?

    Note that simply opening an e-mail cannot infect you with anything. Also note that there are no viruses for the Mac, and only a small handful of extremely rare trojans that require you to install them to do anything bad. See my [Mac Virus guide|http://www.reedcorner.net/thomas/guides/macvirus> for more information.
  • 4. Re: Facebook Virus
    bechard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello sig,

    Eventually, as a wall post on the senders facebook wall, and the obvious rare event (from my experience) of my Mac freezing.
  • 5. Re: Facebook Virus
    bechard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I put the word: virus, in quotations to signify, what I thought was a catchall term for anything that negatively affected a computer.

    Now that I think about it, I did click the link in the email to go to my facebook/messages section of my facebook account to which the link did just that.

    So am I to understand, this event was likely due to a hardware malfunction. And if so, is there anywhere I can check this?

    I am obviously not a computer expert, as can humorously be observed in some of my previous posts. I apologize.

    Again thanks for all the input, hopefully I will become knowledgeable enough about the operation of a Mac, that I can save time in the future, for all the kind people who have increased my understanding of the Mac environment. I truly tell all the people I know, to get a Mac next computer!

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  • 6. Re: Facebook Virus
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)
    I'm fairly certain it wasn't a virus, but hotmail is a pestilential place full of spammers. You might want to use another email service.
  • 7. Re: Facebook Virus
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    Unless the problem reoccurs, it was probably just a one-time program error that crashed the app and Finder, not something chronic that needs to be fixed. If your computer is working correctly now, I'd say not to worry about it unless and until this problem crops up again.

    Regards.
  • 8. Re: Facebook Virus
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,960 points)
    Now that I think about it, I did click the link in the email to go to my facebook/messages section of my facebook account to which the link did just that.


    Be cautious clicking links in e-mail... if the e-mail isn't legit, it'll send you to a web page that looks like what you're expecting, as an attempt to get you to enter your login info.

    So am I to understand, this event was likely due to a hardware malfunction. And if so, is there anywhere I can check this?


    Probably not hardware, no. Could be that you ended up at a page with bad Flash content that crashed your machine. Could be that you have just had the first symptoms of some underlying problems with your machine. It's hard to say without more info, and it's probably hard to provide more info unless it happens again.

    In the meantime, [repair the hard drive with Disk Utility|http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417] and make sure you've got a good set of backups.