The Facebook users can now detect and clean malware more efficiently from their computers as the social networking giant partnered Kaspersky for its plan to make malware free computer environment, free of cost.
“To make this programme even more effective, Kaspersky Lab is bringing their expertise to our malware clean-up efforts,” Facebook said in a blog post. “If we detect malware on your computer, we will offer Kaspersky Malware Scan for Facebook among our other clean-up tools to help take care of the problem.”
The firm further reported that Kaspersky Lab has helped more than 2.6 lakh people from malware, accessing Facebook in last three months. Facebook Software Engineer Threat Infrastructure Team, Trevor Pottinger said in the post,”Thanks to the collaboration with these companies (Kaspersky and others), in the past three months, we have helped clean up more than 2 million people’s computers that we detected were infected with malware when they connected to Facebook.”
Since last one year, Facebook is showing its efforts for its malware cleaning programme as the firm has been working with the antimalware companies like ESET, F-Secure and Trend Micro to offer free malware clean-up software to its users.
As per the TeCake technical experts, the malware is a term used to refer computer programs, files and executables like viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware and other malicious programmes.
Pottinger further explained that the company is developing a clean-up tool that will run in background during the browsing session of the website. The users will be notified when the scan is completed, showing the scan results.
“Keeping links to malware off of our platform is a core function of our security team… We use a combination of signals to help find infections and get the malware off your computer for good, even if the malware isn’t actively spreading spam or harmful links,” he said.
Apart this, Kaspersky’s Kate Kochetkova said in an another blog post that the phishers and session hijackers mainly target Facebook. “For this reason, one should be vigilant when receiving e-mails from this network, they might be fake. Additionally, there are lots of Trojans targeting Facebook users as well,” she said.