Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 171 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,651,716
  • Date Added:
    September 05, 2012
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends, and that chat feature is especially useful; you can chat with everyone from your best friends and colleagues to high-school classmates and far-flung relatives. If you don't want to always have your browser open in order to use Facebook's chat feature, there are a variety of clients that let you take chat and other Facebook features off the Facebook Web site. Unfortunately, Facebook Messenger is not the best option for this. Although the interface looks good, functional problems make this program hard to recommend.

Our first hiccup came when we tried to install Facebook Messenger and were alerted to the fact that we'd have to install the Java Runtime Environment in order for it to function. So we did that and then tried running Facebook Messenger again. We liked what we saw, at least at first. It's stylistically similar to the Facebook Web site, displaying a list of available friends with their most recent status update below each of their names. The familiar message and notification icons appeared at the top.

However, once we started chatting with someone, things started going awry. Although the exchange was appearing in a separate chat window, we also began getting new message alerts; each time either we or our chat partner typed something, it appeared as a message in our inbox. We also found the inbox part of the interface to be severely lacking; the inbox displayed parts of conversations with no way to select one and reply, and at one point it stopped displaying the content of messages entirely and just showed the icons of the friends we'd exchanged messages with.

We attempted to consult the Help file, but the little question mark icon on the interface just launched a spammy-looking Web page that contained no documentation. Overall, we think that Facebook Messenger leaves a lot to be desired, and we urge users to choose from the many alternatives available.

 
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  • Current Version

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    out of 171 votes

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    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT IS A TROJAN!!!"

    July 30, 2014   |   By glenpen

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    NONE!!! IT IS A TROJAN!!!!

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS A CON! THIS SOFTWARE IS A TROJAN!
    My anti-virus software detected this as a TROJAN. read the summary for the for description of what it is.

    Summary

    Filename: bsnjef15.exe.part
    Threat name: Trojan.ADH.2
    Full Path: c:\users\techie\appdata\local\temp\bsnjef15.exe.part

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    Details
    Unknown Community Usage,  Unknown Age,  Risk High





    Origin
    Downloaded from
     http://software-files-a.cnet.com/s/software/13/77/87/66/facebookmessenger_setup.exe?token=1406781196_d04974a3d0543608bafec48385595685&fileName=facebookmessenger_setup.exe





    Activity
    Actions performed: Actions performed: 1



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    On computers as of 
    Not Available


    Last Used 
    7/30/2014 at 1:33:29 PM


    Startup Item 
    No


    Launched 
    No


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    Unknown
    It is unknown how many users in the Norton Community have used this file.

    Unknown
    This file release is currently not known.

    High
    This file risk is high.

    Threat type: Virus. Programs that infect other programs, files, or areas of a computer by inserting themselves or attaching themselves to that medium.



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    http://software-files-a.cnet.com/s/software/13/77/87/66/facebookmessenger_setup.exe?token=1406781196_d04974a3d0543608bafec48385595685&fileName=facebookmessenger_setup.exe

    Downloaded File bsnjef15.exe.part Threat name: Trojan.ADH.2
    from cnet.com

    Source: External Media



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    File Actions

    File: c:\users\techie\appdata\local\temp\ bsnjef15.exe.part Removed
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    File Thumbprint - SHA:
    063c1fae92fa288a10d7e8a8af8908c7a3e3cf110c575fed042c2dbd3d2ea17b
    File Thumbprint - MD5:
    Not available

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    What's new in version 2.0.1
    Updated software to connect with new more efficient Facebook Page.
    General
    Publisher Facebook Messenger
    Publisher web site http://facebookmessenger.biz
    Release Date September 04, 2012
    Date Added September 05, 2012
    Version 2.0.1
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Chat
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size Not Available
    File Name Not available
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,651,716
    Downloads Last Week 2
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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