Three Spring Eggs

I explained in a previous post that FarmVille and FarmTown do not cause viruses. I stand by this analysis, but that I’ve gotten a lot of emails over the weekend warning that FarmVille users often pick up more viruses because they get tricked by applications that pass themselves off as part of FarmVille.

I didn’t discuss this in the previous post, but it’s an excellent point that I would like to address.

Today is an especially important time to bring up this subject because there is a nasty virus currently making its way through Facebook FarmVille players. As far as I know, there isn’t a proper name for it, so I’m going to refer to it as the “Spring Egg Virus.”

Spring Egg Virus looks like a request from FarmVille. Those of you who play FarmVille a lot might not even second guess the app’s request because you trust the game. I agree that you should trust the game, but you can’t always trust requesting coming from those who claim  to represent the game. That would be like a child putting all of her trust in a stranger because he told her that “mommy and daddy said it was ‘ok.’” Big mistake.

Spring Egg Virus’s application request gives you the “opportunity” to send three free spring eggs to your FarmVille buddies. When you agree, it will prompt you to send the same message to your friends.

This prompt has caused the virus to spread quickly.

Those who have accepted the application’s request usually find that there computers lock up, which forces you to restart your computer. After rebooting your computer, any good antivirus software will freak out as it tracks down several bits of malware installed through the application.

One of the reasons that so many people have fallen prey to this particular attack is that the application doesn’t give users much of an option. It asks you to accept the application, but it also tells you that rejecting it will block FarmVille. Since FarmVille players don’t want to block their access to the game, they just accept the application.

If you’re really worried that rejecting the application will block FarmVille, then you can open your task manager, close your browser, and reopen it. I, however, am not convinced that rejecting the Three Spring Eggs app will affect your actual FarmVille account.

This mess is further complicated by the existence of a legitimate 3 Red Spring Eggs opportunity from FarmVille. Facebook uses should recognize that they never have to accept new applications once they have allowed FarmVille to access their accounts. FarmVille might, however, request that you take advantage of certain opportunities. Obviously someone out there has decided to take advantage of Facebook users who don’t completely understand the difference.

If you can’t tell the difference, then I suggest denying anything related to spring eggs.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on March 29, 2010.

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