Several of my Facebook friends are worried that the "Fan Check" application is a virus, and have posted this as their status:
"Apparently, the FAN CHECK Application is a VIRUS that takes 48 hours to kick in. Even if you are tagged in a photo the virus still attacks you. Please inform all your friends and remove/delete the application ASAP. Copy and paste this as your status so word gets around quickly."
It's not a virus. What happens though is if you search for a way to remove the "Fan Check Virus," THAT leads you to malware.
However, according to several security firms, including U.K.-based Sophos, it's not the Fan Check application that is the problem, it's the so-called "removal kits" that are being hocked by hackers that are the real danger. As rumor of the alleged Fan Check virus made the rounds, the term skyrocketed in popularity on Google and other search engines. As Sophos' Graham Cluley blogs, hackers have set up several malicious sites that prompt users to purchase fake anti-virus software. The sites, which users get to through their search engines results, "display bogus warnings about the security of your computer in an attempt to get you to install fraudulent software and cough-up your credit card details," according to Cluley.