Facebook has announced that it will not only inform users if they have malware, but help them.
In a post to the Facebook blog, the company stated that they will now be providing free F-Secure and Trend Micro malware removal and protection software.
According to the post:
Our goal is to make it easier for people to find and use the right technology to better protect their devices. We’ve worked with F-Secure and Trend Micro to incorporate free anti-malware software downloads directly into our existing abuse detection and prevention systems. These are the same systems that help us block malicious links and bad sites from among the trillions of clicks that take place every day on Facebook.
They continued to explain how it works:
When logging in from the infected device, you’ll see a notification screen about a malware infection, along with a recommendation to use F-Secure’s malware scanning and cleanup technology or HouseCall from Trend Micro. Each product contains distinct malware signatures and is suited to different kinds of threats, so we recommend trying the suggested product even if you already have an anti-virus or similar program running on your machine. You won’t have to worry about maintenance; these versions are up-to-date and will remove themselves once they’re done running.
Unlike Google, which has (some would say jokingly) the motto “do no evil” Facebook hasn’t really concerned itself much in the past about the wellbeing of its users, particularly when it comes to spamming them.
The takeaway from the offer is though that they don’t want the computers of users spamming Facebook vs any sort of corporate philanthropy. That said a freebie is a freebie and credit where due.