Beware of ChatSend App on Facebook
By on November 2nd, 2011

If you are one of those users on Facebook who have downloaded the ChatSend  application, you may notice that the application has been acting shady of late.  The application has been linked to spammy Facebook message and is enticing Facebook users into installing the application that inaptly  advertises itself.

What is ChatSend Application?

According ChatSend, the application -

…creates advanced, innovative technologies to efficiently deliver large files across the Internet. Our innovative clientless peer to peer file sending platform, enable us to virtually send files without having the cost of heavy infrastructure, thus we provide the service for FREE .

Now, according to a report by GFI Labs, messages that link to ChatSend’s Facebook page started to appear on Facebook users’ inbox, which were posted without the user’s knowledge. The application not only posted a message, but also sent the same message via Facebook chat (if enabled) to all users in the list.

ChatSend Messages

Although the Facebook Security team has blocked the ChatSend” app, it is reported that the app is still promoting itself among friends of users who had installed it.

The app download link has been spreading in a way similar to how scam messages spread – by sharing or “liking” the post. It was noted that the app had received more than 134,000 likes. The message contains a link to download the ChatSend application and upon installing the app on the user’s computer, it may lead to installing a browser toolbar for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer that will set the default search engine to “Web Search.”

ChatSend Installation

While installing the app, you will notice under the Terms and Agreements, three boxes which are already checked by default, each of them validating the installation of toolbars, search engines and predefined URLs as homepage. Once the installation is done, the app starts sending automated messages to your friends on Facebook, each of which contains a unique link pointing to the download site.

If in case you have installed this application by mistake, you can remove it from the Add/Remove Programssection of the Control Panel. Also, it is recommended that you run a full system anti-virus scan, just to make sure that there no Trojans or any the malicious programs installed. If you  receive  any message  related  to ChatSend, then DO NOT click on any links provided in the message and be sure to delete it immediately.

It is always advised that you avoid clicking links on Facebook, which may cause a potential threat your Facebook account or your system. If in case you really want to click on a link or try out some new programs, then make sure that you have read enough reviews about it before installing it on your computer.

Read:  How to Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

Joel Fernandes has written and can be contacted at joel@techie-buzz.com.

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