What should you know about the LinkedIn virus?
The LinkedIn virus is a dangerous infection, which has been actively spreading around a few years ago, but recently the security experts have noticed that the virus activity increased again. Essentially, the LinkedIn virus is distributed in a form of confirmation e-mail, which is accompanied with legitimate-looking LinkedIn’s logo and similar deceiving details. However, the message is far from what you may think it is. If you fall for clicking on the link, which is also incorporated and should lead you to the LinkedIn Message View page, your PC can get infected with the virus. To be more precise, instead of the LinkedIn profile, you will be redirected to a website which may infect your computer with a Trojan horse, capable of initiating serious problems on the system. Be aware that “Unsubscribe” and “Learn why we included this” links in this email do just the same! If you fall for this scam, run a full system scan with updated anti-malware software right away. We recommend using Reimage for this purpose. If you are a Mac OS X user, you may find Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus tool useful in removing the potential threat from your computer.
Some newer variations of the LinkedIn virus employ spamming strategy as well. It may spam the users with potentially malicious links not only on the LinkedIn platform. The scammers may use the email addresses, or social networking site’s details provided on your profile to bombard you with never-ending spam emails and suspicious links. Needless to say, it is not advisable to interact with such links if you see them, for instance, in your Facebook inbox.
How can this virus infiltrate your computer?
The LinkedIn virus is distributed via forged emails. Sometimes they look like invitations to join LinkedIn; sometimes they ask why you have not connected LinkedIn for five days or warn about the pending messages. If you want to avoid getting infected with the trojan horse, you should ignore these notifications that notify that the sender is firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, there are more fake email addresses that have been created by cyber criminals to spread their virus. Please, ignore these emails and notify your friends. If you want to know whether a questionable email is malicious, you need to hover the mouse (without clicking anything!) over the links that are included and check the bottom border to see the URL of the website. Be sure that it is from the company, which sends you an email.
Tips on LinkedIn virus removal:
If you have been tricked to click on the malicious links and have installed the LinkedIn virus on your computer, you should scan your PC with a reputable and updated anti-spyware as soon as possible. Additionally, change your LinkedIn’s password and do the same if you use it for other social networks and communities. Also, if you are receiving spam in your email or social networking site, do not hesitate to inform the support centers of the sites included. This will help these sites to indicate the scammers more quickly and stop their further activities.