Beach Babes video hits 1000s of Facebook walls, but it's malware

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Is Facebook just becoming the hottest new place to spread viruses and malware? This morning thousands of Facebook users are reporting that they have been hit by a malware attack in the form of a video of young bikini-clad women on a beach.

The link to the video is appearing on the walls of Facebook users, apparently posted by their friends, with a thumbnail which appears to be an image of a young woman’s bottom in a bikini.

The message reads:

, this is hilarious! lol :P :P :P Distracting Beach Babes [HQ] Length: 5:32 ”

This appears to be another form of the “Sexiest Video Ever” malware assault which spread on Facebook last weekend, according to security firm Sophos. That installed adware onto victims’ computers which serves ads onto PCs and can’t be deleted.

The way to avoid this is to delete the message from your page, change your password and review your Facebook application settings, and maybe, for extra security, scan your PC with an anti-virus package.

Also learn not to click on unsolicited links…

  • Aaron

    so what do people do who already have the virus?

  • anonymous

    The tip to not click on unsolicited links is difficult to follow since they are sent from sources for whom which we are familiar. How do we eliminate this virus before it propagates throughout our friend list?

  • Jason

    The best way to stop it from spreading would be to alert any friend on your friends list who has it, and to delete the post when it appears on your wall. For those who already have it, a virus scan should do the trick.

    I personally recommend MalwareBytes. It can be installed in window’s safemode, and ran from said mode. The program is not a live protection tool, but instead just a removal tool that has yet fail me.

  • Sarah

    I did click on the link, but as I realized there was something fishy about it, I didn’t click in the page, but just closed it.
    Is there any chance I got affected? ‘Cause I’d be really embarrassed..

  • gary

    I did the same thing as Sarah? Should I worry. I ran a virus and adware scan and changed my password…

  • Internet Superhero

    If you clicked on the image, then closed it immediately, you should be fine. Just change your password, go into your applications settings, delete any weird apps, run a virus scan.

  • jaime

    I did the same thing Gary and Sarah. I did click on the link. It asked about sharing my info, I said yes to one, then thought something was really wierd. I have run the scans and have not found anything. Does anyone know if I am ok?

  • Gary

    I also used the Hide feature. You’ll see a button saying “Hide Video Wave”. That way any other garbage they send out won’t ever appear. Not sure if they are directly responsible, but if they are going to host videos with viruses I don’t ever want to go there.

  • cassie

    jason thanks so much i used malwarebytes and found it but my regular virus protection did not pick up on it. i exited right out but it almost crashed my comp. i recommend everyone trying this! thanks again jason!

  • jessica

    i clicked the video, and now my computer crashes at start-up

  • cassie

    thats where mine was found in the windows start up.

  • Mama Chey

    I’m on an imac.. will this affect me?

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  • Stephen Sansing

    these kind of viruses CAN be deleted.. if u can identify the adware program running on task manager under the processes tab then u can trace where it is stored on ur computer, usually the App Data file.. will need to be on an admin account.. and have view system files enabled under folder options.. (this of course is for Advanced users) the app data file can be found in the user file after u have enabled view system files.. this has worked for me.. the viruses or adware programs like this are just well hidden exe files.. hope this helps someone..

  • Stephen Sansing

    and for the imac user… NO this will not effect u, macs cant get viruses.. ur safe.. just pc users who have to look out..

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    “and for the imac user… NO this will not effect u, macs cant get viruses.. ur safe.. just pc users who have to look out..”

    NOT True. This can and has affected MAC users.

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