How do I know if I caught a virus after opening some pictures on Facebook?

Sharon Daly January 14, 2013

I believe I have caught a virus via Facebook, and that I have sent it on. I don’t know what to do? I opened some pics, from a friend in Guayaquil, Ecuador even after my virus protection alerted me.

Since it was from a friend I know, I opened it. Any tips?

  1. Nala Dimapunong
    January 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Just scan your drives right now and make sure your anti-virus is updated. By the way, alerts/notifications are there for a reason. Heck, if you won't listen to it, then just uninstall your virus protection. It's like the traffic light on the street, ignoring it can be your doom. Hmm... let me guess, it was a picture you can't resist, wasn't it? ;)

  2. Silhoutte james
    January 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    On a popular internet site like Facebook that has drawn 100 million users worldwide, it also draws hackers. Facebook users have experienced an increase of Spam emails, hijacked accounts, and deactivated accounts. Back in late July, attacks were linked to Koobface, an internet worm that targeted Facebook and MySpace. Koobface sends malicious codes in forms of messages such as "You look funny in this new video" and "You look just awesome in this new movie" leads straight to the virus, so it's best to DON'T CLICK THE MESSAGE. When you're on a social networking site, pay close attention to executables downloaded to Windows machines, keep your machine fully patched and run updated anti-malware software.

  3. Adrian Bagnato
    January 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I don't think you can catch a virus from a photo, on Facebook. But if you have a type of Antivirus program then you should do a full scan of your PC, who knows, you might find some other nasty's lurking in the dark corners...

  4. Anonymous
    January 15, 2013 at 12:45 am

    You can only have ONE anti-virus at a time. Install any free anti-virus to scan your computer. Examples: avira free, avg free, avast free

  5. Alan Wade
    January 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    If your anti-virus alerted you to the fact that there was malware in the pictures you were opening, why did you open them?

    • ha14
      January 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      yap quite right:)

    • Douglas Mutay
      January 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

      :) This is the story of Pandora's box. Maybe that the picture was too attractive... the perfect bait!

      • ha14
        January 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        yap it must have been very attractive:) more than limit of DANGER

  6. Sharon Daly
    January 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    My computer has a virus, or has been hacked. You won't allow me to input info to get a new password, or to use any functions on Face Book for 2 days. I keep getting "likes" from parties I don't know. How do I unlike them. How do I get rid of the virus, or change my password, when you won't allow me access?

  7. Zeeshan Soudagar
    January 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Just opening a pic your friend uploaded within fb is harmless, unless the link takes you to some other website. Your system will not catch a virus if you use fb just to view/like/comment on pages/photos/posts, make status updates or just scroll through your feed. The problem starts when you click on malicious links or approve malicious apps. So if you are sure you just clicked on the pic, and not a link, and the pic opened within fb itself, your system has not contacted the virus from fb but from some other activity. To be on the safer side go to your apps page and remove all apps you do not recognize approving and block them. Be sure to double check links from friends next time before clicking ;)

  8. Ahmed Musani
    January 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    if you have the pictures then scan the pictures via an antivirus. if nothing is detected then scan the whole computer using an antivirus. IS your computer able to boot?

  9. ha14
    January 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

    How To Prevent & Remove Facebook Malware or Virus

    Bitdefender SafeGo

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