Being the largest social media platform in the world is quite the achievement, but it also comes with quite the responsibility. Users are bombarded very often with scamming advertisements of different nature, most of which get them to watch a video or visit an article. Usually these very same marketing tricks used as click bait work when malware is the object advertised, which is very bad news for security vendors and users. In this article we aim to show you some of the most notorious Facebook viruses out there and provide removal instructions in case you experience symptoms of those viruses on your computer. We have also included some tips on how to increase the protection against such threats in general.
The Facebook Viruses
The “Posting from My Profile” Facebook Scam Virus
A virus, related to a suspicious Google Chrome browser extension, known as “YouTube™ Ex” has been reported to generate a post, appearing as it is from the official Facebook page of YouTube. The post simply had the word “Video” written on it and nothing else besides that. When the user clicks on this suspicious video, he or she experiences a browser redirect to a suspicious website that force-adds the suspicious browser extension. As soon as this extension Is added, it may obtain credentials of your Facebook account and begin sharing and posting from your Facebook profile.
|Short Description||A complicated virus which primarily posts on your behalf in social networks, but also may employ malware|
|Symptoms||Postings of viral videos on your behalf in Facebook. Sending messages to friends with malicious web links in them. Suspicious browser extension in your web browser.|
IKEA Katalog 2016 Table Swastika Facebook Virus
Few months ago a Facebook scam appeared spreading the image of an IKEA table looking like a swastika. Not only this but there was also a price for the table – 88 Euros. Interesting post, keeping in mind that it was originating from Duisburg, Germany and the number 88 is a sign used by Neo-nazis. Some believe the scam was made to boost IKEA’s reputation, some believe it is used as a click-bait to spread malware. Whatever the case may be the post was shared over 12,000 times.
|Short Description||A hoax IKEA brochure that may infect the computer with malware and redirect to multiple suspicious third-party websites.|
|Symptoms||An image of a dinner table dubbed Hadolf shaped like a swastika.|
“Small Humanoids Discovered In the U.S. Facebook” Virus Spam
This scam is probably one of the most popular I’ve stumbled onto from my “collection”. It represents a fake post of an article that says there have been small human-like creatures that were discovered somewhere in the United States. It actually led to a suspicious third-party website that led them to the video. Users were asked to complete a survey to watch the video, though, which asked for their personal and financial information.
|Short Description||Leading to a third-party sites that prompts the completion of a survey to watch the video.|
|Symptoms||Transfers users to a third-party site instead of immediately letting them watch the video. The picture below featuring as a status update in Facebook News Feed from one of the user’s friends or a Facebook group.|
The “Zuckeberg has left Facebook” Virus
This was as classic as it was genius. Someone, who understood coding made this, because whoever that was found a bug that could change life events, statuses and other interesting details of users. A researcher, named Sachin Thakuri discovered the bug, yet Facebook refused to fix it. This was a potentially dangerous scam, and it may have led to some people being pissed off for sure.
|Short Description||A virus spreading through a scam that takes advantage of a Facebook bug allowing it to manipulate life events of users.|
|Symptoms||Your life events, relationship status and other details may change and become public.|
Duplicate Profiles Facebook Virus
Ever received a Facebook invite from someone you know twice? Well, this is one of the more modern ways to send you malware and infect your PC or smartphone. What the virus does is that it takes the friends list of the victim and then duplicates their profile to send another friend request and infect their computer via malicious attachments and chat messages. This is still on the loose, so beware!
|Short Description||Creates a duplicate profile of the victim to be used for malicious purposes, such as infecting his friends with malware.|
|Symptoms||Friend requests from a duplicate profile of yours sent to your Facebook buddies.|
The “Starbucks Gift Card” Facebook Virus
This hipster-Starbucks-loving oriented scam targeted mainly fans of the notorious company, asking them to share and invite friends to a fake Starbucks Facebook group. Classic way to boost a group and then change it’s name to what you want, right?
|Short Description||Displays a fake promotion asking to join a potentially hazardous Facebook group.|
|Symptoms||Shared posts of a promotion for Starbucks if you invite friends.|
The “Dislike Button” Facebook Malware
Remember back then, when Facebook had a new design and decided to allow only some users to test it? Well, this scam took advantage of that, pretending to allow only “few” to test the upcoming dislike button. There was no such thing, however.
|Short Description||Posts, advertising a fake dislike button that lead to malicious third-party website.|
|Symptoms||Added suspicious browser extensions, sluggish computer, posts from your profile and shares and automatic likes of unknown Facebook groups.|
The Facebook “Change Color” Facebook Virus
This is as classic as it was widespread. It’s goal was to primarily advertise a dubious browser extension that collects your sensitive information and helps spread the scam further. No FB colors were harmed during the making of this scam, only personal information.
|Short Description||Steals valuable information on a victim`s PC via malware.|
|Symptoms||Users are redirected to fake Facebook phishing pages, pop-ups, online survey scams.|
The “You’ve got an iPhone” Phishing Facebook Virus
I mean sure it may work for some people, but it takes another level of no experience to click on this thing and enter your credit card details, besides seeing a scam for the first time in your life, of course. Either way, it appears that many fell for the trick and may have entered their details. The suspected method of spreading is via unwanted software and ad-supported applications.
|Short Description||Pop-up pretending to be Facebook caused by a potentially unwanted application, installed via bundling.|
|Symptoms||“Every Monday we select one lucky visitor to get a special offer from our sponsors, as our “thank you” for being a loyal Facebook mobile user” message.|
The “Free Southwest Airlines Tickets” Facebook Virus
This virus begins to lead you towards a survey pretending to be from Facebook, but is actually a phishing web page, reported to also be malicious and use unauthorized tracking technologies. Whatever the case may be, this virus besides spreading in Facebook directly, could also be seen if you have a potentially unwanted program installed on your computer.
|Short Description||Fake event portraying free tickets if you enter your personal information.|
|Symptoms||Users may witness phishing pages, computer slowing down and pop-ups of the scam image above.|
The “My Secret Video” Facebook Virus
This scam attacked mobile devices, it was pretty clever at it too. Most hacked profiles posted on other profiles or their own timelines a video named “My secret video”. This was to sort out the inexperienced from experienced users. As soon as inexperienced user opens it, the scam displays a fake Android update, which is basically malware that aims to take control over your Android smartphone.
|Short Description||Redirect to a fake upgrade of Android, flash player or java.|
|Symptoms||After installing the malicious application the user may see posts on his Facebook profile without his consent.|
Photos of Ray-Ban Sunglasses Facebook Virus
Ever seen a sales page leading to an external link. Well, this is what makes such scams pretty slick. You can’t differentiate the actual retailer from the scamming or malicious web page. Well, you can but it kind of requires some experience. Slick and devious! Besides that this scam infects users with malware, it may also be spread via infected computers and compromised or inactive Facebook profiles.
|Short Description||Malicious smartphone application or browser extension that posts from your profile.|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized shared posts of Ray-Ban sunglasses.|
Facebook Virus Posts Your Profile Picture With a Link
The discovery of this Facebook virus originated from multiple reports from users of a virus that takes over your Facebook profile and posts your own profile picture to your friends, along with a malicious web link. Here is one of the reports from victims:
|Short Description||Works based on how a botnet operates. Aims to steal information.|
|Symptoms||Slow computer. Notifications from friends begin to appear on your Facebook timeline.|
Remove Facebook Viruses from Your Smartphone and Your PC
In case you have experienced the symptoms from the viruses above, we strongly recommend following the removal instructions below. They are carefully designed to help you remove these viruses from your computer and your smartphone.
Manually delete Facebook Viruses from your computer
Note! Substantial notification about the Facebook Viruses threat: Manual removal of Facebook Viruses requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.