|Type||Online scam, usually containing malware|
|Short Description||The scam is of unknown origin and is spread via Facebook posts.|
|Symptoms||Posting on others behalf without users consent.|
|Distribution Method||Distributed by spam posts in the form of status update.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Msert.exe|
Have you ever seen one of those messages?:
→“ATTENTION!!! Facebook changed their policy and privacy settings again! Because of the new ‘Graph App’ anyone on Facebook from anywhere will be able to see your pictures, likes and comments online!”
Status updates on this subject have been bothering users for too long and experts advise not to trust them in any way. Yes, it is true that Facebook makes profit on users’ content but what is not true is that anyone can see the hidden content on your profile. This hoax has been spreading in multiple forms some of which include claims addressed to Facebook that the user forbids this act of privacy violation.
Facebook Hoax – How Is It Spread?
The most probable reason for this message to spread is via a spam bot on the social network itself. It may be in the form of a browser extension the user has added to their web browser or a virus on the computer itself. Either way, some malicious applications gain administrative access over the browser of the user which enables them to execute scripts that post on users’ behalf. The type of programs are called spam bots. Be on the lookout for the many variants of this post and immediately take actions in case you notice that you posted it, unknowingly.
If you are not infected but still there was a post on your behalf, make sure to check what Facebook groups/games you have given permissions to and make sure you change your password.
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.