Malware Checkpoint Anti-virus Service from Facebook
Facebook social network launches Malware Checkpoint that is a self-enrolling anti-virus service.
In April, Facebook launched in its network Antivirus Marketplace portal, providing users an opportunity to download free anti-virus programs from such famous trends as McAfee, Sophos, Symantec and Microsoft. On Antivirus Marketplace, users were able to receive information about existent threats, protection tips from virus apps and Facebook safety guide. Facebook social network has also gathered those companies’ databases, having congested its own malicious web-sites URL blacklist in order to discern potential threats on the network.
After this Antivirus Marketplace launch, Facebook provided users with free of charge anti-virus programs but only within threat identification and user notification by special question.
Now Facebook has created Malware Checkpoint self-enrolling anti-virus service in order to prevent virus threat more effectively. This service checks user’s computer that is suspected to be infected, and remove the virus with the help of two “curing” programs: either Microsoft’s Security Essentials or McAfee Scan and Repair.
According to the Facebook’s representatives, earlier any user had first to install anti-virus program on his / her computer and then either to run this very program by himself / herself or wait until Facebook identified potential threat. Now due to self-enrolling anti-virus service users will be able to choose in advance free of charge “curing” products for scanning and clearing the system.
Currently Facebook provides users with two “curing” products: McAfee Scan & Repair and Microsoft’s Security Essentials. The first one, McAfee Scan & Repair, will download a small program into user’s computer with Windows OS in order to scan only one time to find malicious programs. This program will not interfere with other existing on the computer anti-virus programs. After having scanned the system, the program will offer a user to remove files flagged as “malicious” either automatically or manually. The second “curing” product, Microsoft’s Security Essentials, is a full anti-virus product. After its download and installation on the user’s computer, it will add its anti-virus software to the user’s computer that will also continue protecting the system in the future together with the latest Windows signatures.