.Facebook File Virus – Remove It and Restore Your Data

.Facebook File Virus – Remove It and Restore Your Data

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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.

Threat Summary

Name.Facebook file virus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear. It encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the extension .Facebook to them after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by .Facebook file virus


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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss .Facebook file virus.
Data Recovery ToolWindows 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
my files”
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.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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