This article will help you remove .Facebook file virus efficiently. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of the article.
Facebook is a ransomware cryptovirus that themed around the social network Facebook. The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear, as confirmed by malware researchers, and places the extension .Facebook after encryption. Keep on reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your file data.
|Name||.Facebook file virus|
|Short Description||The ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear. It encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .Facebook to them after it finishes its encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by .Facebook file virus |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss .Facebook file virus.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
.facebook file Ransomware – Update May 2018
There has been a new version reported in association with this ransomware. It again uses the .facebook file extension which it later adds to the files encrypted by the ransomware after which leaves behind the following ransom note file with Mark Zuckerberg as a picture and ransom payment instructions, written in Russian:
.Facebook File Virus – Infection
Facebook ransomware could spread its infection with various methods. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your PC will become infected. You can see the detections of such a file on the VirusTotal service called Facebook.exe:
Interestingly enough, the virus has not been spotted to spread over the famous social network, as other viruses themed around it have, as the RayBan Facebook Virus for example.
Facebook ransomware might also distribute its payload file on social media and file-sharing services. Freeware found on the Web which is presented as useful might also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware found in the forum.
.Facebook File Virus – Details
Facebook is a virus that encrypts your files and extorts you to pay a ransom to get them back to normal. Malware researchers have confirmed that it is a variant of the HiddenTear project.
Facebook ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
Below, you can see the ransom message that shows after encryption is done:
That ransom message reads the following:
oops Your files are encrypted.
Please click the button that says “How to decrypt
How to decrypt your files.
Give me back my files!
The above ransom message of the Facebook ransomware states that your files are encrypted. Instructions are written on how to potentially get your data back by paying a ransom. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay the demanded ransom sum. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you a guarantee for it. Moreover, giving money to cybercriminals will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do similar criminal acts.
.Facebook File Virus – Encryption
As Facebook ransomware is a HiddenTear variant it probably seeks to encrypt files with the following extensions:
→.txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .gif, .jpg, .png, .db, .csv, .sql, .mdb.sln.php, .asp, .aspx, .html, .xml, .psd, .frm, .myd, .myi, .dbf, .mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .rm, .wmv, .m4a, .mpa, .wav, .sav, .gam, .log, .ged, .msg, .myo, .tax, .ynab, .ifx, .ofx, .qfx, .qif, .qdf, .tax2013, .tax2014, .tax2015, .box, .ncf, .nsf, .ntf, .lwp
All of the files that get encrypted will receive the same extension appended to them which is .Facebook. The encryption algorithm is believed to be AES since it is a variant of HiddenTear, but other encryption algorithms might be implemented as well.
The .Facebook file cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
In case the command stated above is executed that would make the encryption process more efficient as it will dismiss one of the ways for restoring your data. You could keep on reading below to see how you can potentially recover your data.
Remove .Facebook File Virus and Restore Your Data
If your computer got infected with the .Facebook file virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .Facebook file virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .Facebook file virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove .Facebook file virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .Facebook file virus
Step 2: Uninstall .Facebook file virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .Facebook file virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .Facebook file virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for .Facebook file virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Facebook file virus.
Ransomware infections and .Facebook file virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of .Facebook file virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .Facebook file virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove .Facebook file virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .Facebook file virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .Facebook file virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .Facebook file virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac .Facebook file virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
.Facebook file virus FAQ
What is .Facebook file virus ransomware and how does it work?
.Facebook file virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does .Facebook file virus ransomware infect my computer?
.Facebook file virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of .Facebook file virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ..Facebook file virus files?
You can't. At this point the ..Facebook file virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..Facebook file virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by .Facebook file virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "..Facebook file virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..Facebook file virus files. These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of .Facebook file virus ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .Facebook file virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..Facebook file virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like .Facebook file virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
Try to contact your friends relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re downloaded from the web.
Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.