How to Prevent & Remove Facebook Malware or Virus
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The bigger a platform is, the larger a target it becomes for attack. Just like Macs have less of a malware problem Here's The Only Mac Security Software You Need Here's The Only Mac Security Software You Need For most people, OS X is fairly secure out of the box — and there are a number of programs out there that potentially do more harm than good. Read More because they’re not as popular as Windows, Facebook is a malicious person’s dream when it comes to hitting as many people as possible.

While Facebook is a great place to connect with friends and share all sorts of content, it’s also full of threats Five Facebook Threats That Can Infect Your PC, And How They Work Five Facebook Threats That Can Infect Your PC, And How They Work Read More . Let’s take a look at some practical ways to reduce the chance of being hammered with malware on Facebook.

Beware Rogue Applications

Facebook’s ubiquity means that all sorts of sites and applications allow you to log in using your FB credentials. While this is convenient, you shouldn’t trust every app that comes around, because many of them are rogue 5 Ways To Spot Social Media Scams & Rogue Apps 5 Ways To Spot Social Media Scams & Rogue Apps Facebook is a huge platform for all sorts of scams. Cleaning up after falling for one is a pain; let's take a look at some ways to identify and avoid them. Read More .

Make sure to review the permissions that an app asks for How to Manage Your Third-Party Facebook Logins [Weekly Facebook Tips] How to Manage Your Third-Party Facebook Logins [Weekly Facebook Tips] How many times have you allowed a third-party site to have access to your Facebook account? Here's how you can manage your settings. Read More when you authorize it. If you don’t trust it, don’t let it use your account. Even worse, if you click a link that immediately leads you to authorize an app, it’s probably malicious. The generic app icon is a red flag, as well. Try Googling the name of unknown applications and see if anyone has reported on it.

Watch What You Click

This is basic advice that applies all over the internet 10 Easy Ways to Never Get a Virus 10 Easy Ways to Never Get a Virus With a little basic training, you can completely avoid the problem of viruses and malware on your computers and mobile devices. Now you can calm down and enjoy the internet! Read More , but it’s still worth a reminder here. Don’t ever click on something that you are unsure about or that doesn’t seem safe. It could be a Facebook ad or a message sent to you by a friend, but if looks shady, ignore it. Use a link unshortening service 8 Ways To Make Sure A Link Is Safe Before You Click It 8 Ways To Make Sure A Link Is Safe Before You Click It Hyperlinks as we all know are the strands that make up the web. But just like the spiders, the digital web can trap the unsuspecting. Even the more knowledgeable among us click on links which... Read More if you’re not sure whether a shortened URL is clean.

Typically, bad links don’t lead to Facebook malware, but rather lead you to another site that’s infected. At best these links will lead to a spam site that’s full of ads, and at worst they could infect you with ransomware 5 Sites and Apps to Beat Ransomware and Protect Yourself 5 Sites and Apps to Beat Ransomware and Protect Yourself Have you faced a ransomware attack so far, where some of your files are no longer accessible? Here are some of the tools you can use to prevent or solve these problems. Read More .

Don’t Accept Weird Friend Requests

A friend request from someone you know with 20 mutual friends is obviously safe. Sometimes, however, random people send you friend requests out of nowhere. You can typically tell that these are spam accounts as they use a fake profile photo, have no friends, and are from outside your country. It’s common to see half-naked women as profile photos, as well.

How to Prevent & Remove Facebook Malware or Virus Weird Facebook Friend Request

Accepting these spammy requests opens you up to problems, as the junk account can then post on your wall with shady links or message you with questionable content. Make sure your friends list is limited to real people whom you actually know.

Know What’s Too Good to be True

Often, Facebook malware arrives through sensationalist headlines or giveaways that attract clicks. Pages like “Warren Buffett’s Million Dollar Giveaway” are completely fake Don't Let Your Facebook Friends Sell You a Pyramid Scheme Don't Let Your Facebook Friends Sell You a Pyramid Scheme It turns out that pyramid schemes — now dubbed multilevel marketing (MLM) "business opportunities" — are making a comeback, and Facebook is the new platform of choice for those looking to recruit more investors. Read More and won’t allow you to actually win any money.

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Similarly, random pictures of near-nude models, messages that claim someone took illicit photos of you, and iPad giveaways are all just trying to get people to click on junk links that probably lead to malware.

Secure Your Account

Keeping your own Facebook account secure is a good way to make sure that your friends don’t get infected. Often, an attacker will break into a person’s account and message their friends acting as if they’re that person. Whether they pretend to need money or send illicit links, the friends could get into some trouble from this.

How to Prevent & Remove Facebook Malware or Virus Facebook Security Settings

Head to your Facebook security page to make sure everything looks solid:

Regularly Prune Your Authorized Apps

Similar to the above, you should make sure that you trust all the apps that currently access your Facebook account. Visit your Applications page to see everything you’ve authorized.

Click the pencil next to an app to review its current settings. You can see whether the app can post to the public, friends, or only you. This also lets you check which permissions an app holds; some apps require a set of permissions but you can disable some of these in other cases. To revoke an app’s access completely instead, just click the X icon next to it.

If You Get Infected

If you think you’ve fallen victim to Facebook malware, after running through the above steps to remove the rogue app, you should immediately change your password from the General tab of settings. Then, we recommend running through the ten steps to take when malware hits 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer 10 Steps To Take When You Discover Malware On Your Computer We would like to think that the Internet is a safe place to spend our time (cough), but we all know there are risks around every corner. Email, social media, malicious websites that have worked... Read More . Make sure you run a security scan What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10? What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10? Despite being bundled with its own security tool, Windows 10 needs additional software to keep your data secure and make your online experiences safe. But which security software should you choose for WIndows 10? Read More and don’t have a hijacked web browser How To Clean A Hijacked Web Browser How To Clean A Hijacked Web Browser What's more frustrating than launching Firefox only to see that your homepage has been changed without your authorization? Maybe you've even got a shiny new toolbar. Those things are always useful, right? Wrong. Read More .

It’s also a good idea to post a status about your mistake on Facebook so other know that your account might have been compromised Has Your Facebook Been Hacked? Here's How to Tell (and Fix It) Has Your Facebook Been Hacked? Here's How to Tell (and Fix It) There are quite a few things that you can do to prevent an attack on your Facebook account, and a few things you can do to fix things if it does get hacked. Try this. Read More . Make sure you keep an eye out for signs of infection from your friends, too. Just like it’s difficult to know if you’re sending out spam emails Are You Spamming Your Email Contacts? How to Find Out & Fix the Problem Are You Spamming Your Email Contacts? How to Find Out & Fix the Problem Spam is annoying, but what happens when your email account is the one sending it out? Find out how to recognize the signs and defuse the problem. Read More , your friends will appreciate you letting them know that their Facebook account was compromised.

Staying Safe on Facebook

With a bit of common sense, you shouldn’t run into any trouble with Facebook malware. Don’t click on any links without thinking, don’t accept friend requests from random accounts, and only authorize apps that you trust. Using these tips, you can browse Facebook with peace of mind and keep the attackers at bay!

Looking for more on Facebook? Check out 10 common Facebook myths that won’t die Facebook Myths Busted: 10 Common Misconceptions You Shouldn't Believe Facebook Myths Busted: 10 Common Misconceptions You Shouldn't Believe There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Facebook. You'll be surprised by how many of your Facebook beliefs are completely and utterly wrong. Read More .

Which tips do you use to stay safe on Facebook? Let us know if you’ve ever been hit by nasty Facebook malware in the comments below!

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  2. Annie Duncan
    January 27, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I have received a message from a hacked account in Facebook and have been warned it contains a Trojan virus. How do I delete it without opening the message?

  3. Jack Lupic
    October 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    How am I supposed to block a FB app if I can't even log into FB? You don't even name any specific FB viruses at all so it's of no help to me.

  4. Yogesh mahaseth
    October 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Sir recently i got message from my friend as my own pic with vedio so i immediately click it then it goes vanis and automatically same vedio types message goes automatically to all of my other friends of fb . So please kindly help me to sort this out

    • Rebecca
      October 3, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      I got the same virus, and clicked on that, and then clicked "Enable", out of curiosity, and because I trust my friend. Now my laptop is infected and sends this virus to my friends when I turn my laptop on. Facebook noticed and provided ESET, which caught and cleaned 2 trojans, but my laptop still was sending out the virus to my friends. I'm on my husband's laptop at the moment, trying to find a virus cleaner that will catch this one. Preferably a free one.

  5. elisa
    September 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

    please help my fb account to removed the virus please!! thank you

  6. elisa
    September 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

    please help my account to removed the virus as soon as possible. please help me!!! thank you

  7. Maryann Varela
    August 24, 2016 at 2:55 am

    HELP! when I log in to my face book I get this message:

    Secure Your Account
    Hi Mariana, we think your computer is infected with malware, and it's spreading spam through your Facebook account. We'll walk you through a few steps to explain more and scan your computer for malware.
    1
    Learn about malware
    2
    Download malware scanner
    3
    Run scanner
    4
    Login
    .................. DO I DOWNLOAD TH MALWARE SCANNER????? HELP!!!!

    • Miguel
      August 31, 2016 at 3:24 am

      I´m having the same issue. Did you manage a solution??

  8. Roxy
    May 12, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I've acidentally clicked on a comment about a bad video that I know is a virus.
    What do I have to do now?

  9. AMIT KUMAR
    April 24, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I got the video link message from a decent friend and when I click it s spreading explicit video to my friend circle and immediately I deleted my fb account .

    • Yogesh mahaseth
      October 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Hello i also got same problem so after doing lots of surfing i found the solution that is u need to see the add on of ur browser as in my case i was using crome and as soon as i click those vedio one unknown addon gets added to my crome browser so u go to setting of ur browser and delete the unknown addon that u found unaspected

      • dread siren
        October 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        thank you for this info, looked at my extensions and there was Oat and tampermonkey, i didnt install either of them but there they were! my sig others fb account I have "secured" 3 times and still was having nasty animated gifs of animal porn posting to his groups randomly. changing pass and other log in securing stratagies didnt help as it was jacking him in the browser (chrome) every time he would log in, also malware bytes and other scans didnt show anything!

  10. Janice
    March 26, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Hello, can someone give me a tip?
    I've been trying to log into my Facebook account, and there's always this message that flashes. It keeps saying that my computer has malware, and we have to install something called Eset. I keep trying to download it or something, but it never downloads. It said that we could log in, but my news feed never shows. We already have an antivirus so I don't see why we have malware. Please help me, I can't log into my Facebook anymore, what am I gonna do?
    Thanks so much.

    • Beth Chappelle
      April 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Janice have you gotten any help yet? Please respond asap!

  11. tin
    March 19, 2016 at 6:09 am

    hi sir when i was open may account there was a message (your accont affected by malware )it was a virus? .or someone hack me please help ? that was may first accont facebook page ..
    i can log in but there was a malware virus how can i prevent that please help me

  12. ali
    March 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    hi! i have some problems with my facebook account. even though i have recently changed my passward (for more than 5 times in a month), some of my notifications are read and also some of the friend requests. i mention that nobody has access to my account and nobody knows my password, also there aren`t any modifications to my profile (i watched the activity log) and none of my friends has complaint about a spam. what is more, somebody added his/her phone number to my account after a minute i have added mine (i erased that number and changed again the password) do you think that i have some viruses on my account and if so, how can i get rid of it because i don`t want to erase my account and create another?

  13. sneha
    February 18, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Hi team, recently i accidentally clicked on a link and it happened to be a spam and sent out auto messages to people on my friend list. After realizing it and then deleting those pages form my account i reported the same to fb. The consequence now is that i am blocked from posting or commenting on any of the groups i used to follow. Infact am not able to post my own wordpress blog link on my own wall now. could u please tell me how to resolve tihs

    • chantall
      April 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Hie Sneha,,can you please tell me how you managed to remove those malicious pages from your account.

  14. rosemarie
    May 13, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Hello there , thank you for sharing :)
    But what should I do if one of my fb friends had sent me a link and without hesitation i clicked the link, it was late when i realize that it is possibly a virus until when I ask her why she sent me that she told me that she didn't send that and she didn't even clicked the link so how could it happened that it was been sent to me?
    My question is that is it right that I deleted my conversation with her so the virus may not spread to my other fb friends? Is it possible that when I delete the message the virus will gone too?
    Help please!

    • karimi
      February 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

      i have the same problem like rosemarie :
      Hello there , thank you for sharing :)
      But what should I do if one of my fb friends had sent me a link and without hesitation i clicked the link, it was late when i realize that it is possibly a virus until when I ask her why she sent me that she told me that she didn’t send that and she didn’t even clicked the link so how could it happened that it was been sent to me?
      My question is that is it right that I deleted my conversation with her so the virus may not spread to my other fb friends? Is it possible that when I delete the message the virus will gone too?
      Help please!

  15. Asma
    May 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Hello
    Thanks for that tips
    My problem: is that my friend through Facebook sent me an undesirable link then turned out to be a malicious program, then I turn to my account where the virus has become Send these links to my friends without my knowledge so
    Please i need help
    Thanks again

  16. gyanu
    February 5, 2015 at 6:52 am

    sir when open my my fb account soi get a message your account affected by malware please solved my problem ?

  17. Nakia Scott
    December 10, 2014 at 1:10 am

    OK I feel like my situation is more of my husband got caught and hes trying to cover up.. Well about one month ago (he says he didnt) but my hubby sent a I miss u and Im not happy message to a old fling,(that he cheated on me with) he said he didnt do it at all! Then this past Sunday he sent the message I miss you again, this time I caught him (kinda) he had already deleted what he wrote but she had responded " I miss you too".. Then when I was gonna confront him about it, it was ALL deleted. Now he is telling me that he NEVER sent her anything, he was hacked or it was a virus or spam, but I dont believe it. So I guess my question is: is that even possible? or does it sound like hes just caught? I need some answers, SHE is not his friend on fb, and nobody knew they use to even mess around except me, him and her? what do I do. Was this a hack? Or total b.s.?!

    • annoyed young man?
      April 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      No, it is surly not a hack.
      You caught him two times, it should be enough evidence.
      If you saw "I miss you too" and it is gone now, then that is enough evidence.

      I don't know what you should do, but clearly you can not let your husband cheat on you.
      He has broken his word, and is honourless.

  18. crystal from sarah
    April 25, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Hey, I found this and found it to be interesting.

  19. dwight
    March 25, 2010 at 7:04 am

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  20. DABIGRAGU
    February 25, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Let me tell you guys, I'm NOT on Facebook and was a victim of their malware/virus/trojans/rootkits about 2 months ago how?
    I was on a friends address book who has an account on FB.
    I opened up an email he sent me (as did over 200 of his address book contacts)I trusted the source right? Wrong! We all ended up getting over 10 assorted maladies. Several of his contacts ended up spending hundreds of dollars fixing these problems, as you can imagine. One particular trojan worm we picked up went into OUR address books and took off from there, installing Rootkits on our systems as well as all of OUR contacts! We started getting the emails our contacts were sending AND receiving! It's not fun waking up to 3,000 emails in the morning! Some of us have had to inform our credit card companies, etc. to re-issue new CC's as some were suddenly having fraudulent charges on their bills. This has been a nightmare, as you can imagine. I spent 9 solid days with Geekstogo getting this crap off my system. When Facebook was contacted about this problem it was like talking to a brick wall if you know what I mean? They informed my buddy they would look into it, yeah right, he hasn't heard a thing. I might mention I have one of the best Anti-Virus Anti-Malware programs you can buy, they were literally blown away by this intrusion. I've made it clear to all my contacts should they belong to FB, take me off your address book as I will no longer respond or open your email. Needless to say I will never join ANY social networking site.
    Just my experience and 2 cents.

  21. Coyote Weeps
    February 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

    The one I see and don't trust is a "gifting service" for several games. It says "So-and-so has tagged you in a photo" when the pic is only the games logo or game money or something, and says to click or go to the page it wants, to pick up your gift. That's most likely a virus or something, yes?

    • Evan Wondrasek
      February 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

      It might not be a virus (although you can never rule it out) but most likely an underhanded way to make you check out their service, view their ads, or buy some of their virtual goods. Even if it isn't a virus, still unethical.

  22. Don
    February 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for this - I reposted into my facebook status and referred my friends to this posting today because one of my co-workers had this experience recently. It is great to keep spreading the word on these types of events and best to keep everyone aware. Thanks for the great job!

  23. Lee Alford
    February 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    The last couple of days FB people have been receiving a FU Sign and then naked pics of women. Some say it’s a photo app and you should delete the app and delete the post on your wall because it’s a virus. Many have done this and it still comes back. All these post are coming from folks or friends, that 99% did not send the pic or the sign.
    Can a malicious malware/virsue be a person with a compter generated pic? I deleted this person and all the nude pics and the FU sign stopped immediately.
    Am I correct in assuming it came from this friend with a computer generated pic on their profile. Their name is:
    Cecilia-Anitta Bertolini
    Your comments appreciated

  24. Lee Alford
    February 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    The last couple of days FB people have been receiving a FU Sign and then naked pics of women. Some say it's a photo app and you should delete the app and delete the post on your wall because it's a virus. Many have done this and it still comes back. All these post are coming from folks or friends, that 99% did not send the pic or the sign.

    Can a malicious malware/virsue be a person with a compter generated pic? I deleted this person and all the nude pics and the FU sign stopped immediately.

    Am I correct in assuming it came from this friend with a computer generated pic on their profile. Their name is:

    Cecilia-Anitta Bertolini

    Your comments appreciated.

    • Evan Wondrasek
      February 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Lee,

      This is definitely possible, I have seen many fake profiles on Facebook. Facebook has added a new feature where you can select "I don't even know this person" when added by a potential spammer, and if the person is displaying offensive material you can click Report and Facebook will look into it.

      I did a search for the user you mentioned and I no longer see him/her on Facebook - probably a spammer and was removed.

  25. Fred
    February 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Checking your applications (as described under "What to do if infected") was a great tip. I don't know if they were malware or not, but I deleted some that I'm not currently using.

    I'll be pointing my closest friends to this tip. Thanks!

  26. Tom Alex
    February 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hello
    Thanks for that tips

    Wanted one like that for a long time
    I knew a lot of the applications are fake

    Like one i saw recently. "Change the Facebook back to Normal"

    And the app creator says specifically " The app will only work if you invite all your friends to it" Without it the app will not work . And many of my friends believed that.

    Also the one to find out who visited your Profile recently

  27. Eric
    February 11, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I usually look out for weird messages with odd subjects from friends that I do not talk to very often. That is usually a sign of a virus.