How to Remove Facebook Friend Request Virus (Update September 2019)
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How to Remove Facebook Friend Request Virus

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In this article, we aim to inform you about the recently detected Facebook Friend Request Virus and provide you help with the removal process in case you experience symptoms of this virus on your device.

Being one of the most popular social media networks Facebook is often targeted by cyber criminals. The vast variety of malicious tricks they utilize is now supplemented by a fraud dubbed Facebook Friend Request Virus. The virus was first detected several years ago. Recently a new variation of the scam has gone viral. Beware that in some cases the Facebook Friend Request Virus could let hackers take control of your account. Hence, an infection with it could lead to serious security issues with your Facebook profile and device as well.

Detailed Review of Facebook Friend Request Virus

The malicious campaigns associated with Facebook Friend Request Virus are designed to send target users hoax messages that warn about them about strange activities performed from their Facebook profiles.

As found in a post published on the Facebook Help Community, the first

friend request virus campaigns were spotted 4 years ago. The initial campaigns of this scam were realized via email notifications for new friend requests from unfamiliar users. This version of the scam was intended to convince users accepting a request from hackers’ controlled profiles.

As regards the recently detected campaigns of Facebook Friend Request Virus, they were reported to deliver hoax messages directly in users’ messenger. So in the event that your profile is among the affected you will see the following message in your Facebook Messenger:

“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too….I had to do the people individually. Good Luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME”

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The message could appear to be sent from a Facebook friend whose profile has been cologned or controlled by cybercriminals. It may also be sent from a user who is out of your friends’ list. The purpose of this hoax message is to trick you into forwarding it to all the people in your friends’ list. At this point, the message seems to be just another hoax that attempts to flood the network and gain popularity. However, several modifications of the scam may let attackers take control of your account for real. As a consequence, they may become able to access all sensitive data stored in your Facebook profile. They can also reset your profile password which will limit your access to the social media account.

Here are several other variants of the nasty Facebook Friend Request Scams:

Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept anything from Fabrizio Brambilla. He has a foto with a dog. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your messanger account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received.

ALERT!!!!! ALERT!!!!! Don’t accept a friend request from Maggie from Sweden, she is a HACKER.Tell everyone on your list cause if someone on your list adds her then she will be on yours too. She will figure out your computer ID and address, so send this to everyone on your list even if you don’t care for them cause if she hacks them, she hacks YOU too. She is also noted for repeated sexual harrasment and indecent private chatting.

BEWARE!!! DO NOT ACCEPT A FRIEND REQUEST FROM TANNER DWYER, CHRISTOPHER BUTTERFIELD, STEFANIA COLAC AND ALEJANDO SPILJNER. THESE ARE HACKERS SO PUT IT ON YOUR WALL. IF SOMEONE ADD’S THEM THEY TAKE YOUR CONTACTS, EMPTY YOUR COMPUTER AND ADDRESSES, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS ON YOUR WALL.

Eventually, the entry of any of the listed Facebook Friend Request Virus variants in your messenger could lead to serious issues related to the security of all data you shared on the platform. Furthermore, hackers may also attempt to use the obtained information to compromise your device or extort a ransom from you to let you enter your profile again. To prevent this virus from going viral spread the word and inform your friends as soon as possible.

To sum up, when your Facebook profile is affected by a friend request virus it is advisable to scan your device for any present suspicious files. By doing this you will be able to remove harmful files and be sure that your PC is clean and secure. In addition, you should definitely change your Facebook password. You can also consider changing the email address associated with the profile.

Related: Facebook Virus – How to Remove It (for PCs and Smartphones)

Remove Facebook Viruses from Your Smartphone and Your PC

In case you have been affected by these nasty Facebook viruses and experienced the symptoms mentioned above we strongly recommend you to follow the guide with removal instructions below. The steps could help you remove these viruses from either from your computer or your smartphone.

Delete Facebook Friend Request Virus from your smartphone

1. Back up the data on your device

Back up the data on your phone

CAUTION! Before attempting any removals and drive formatting on your device, you should know that it is essential to save all your important contacts and files from your phone. There are several methods to backup your files:

Method I: Using online backup software or a memory card if the device supports it.

Method II: Connecting to another device and copying the data directly.

This is a bit risky option since the device may have malware on it. This is why, first you need to enter the device’s Safe Mode:

For RAZR Droid Devices:

1.Switch off the smartphone and remove the battery for a few seconds then plug it back in.

2.Switch the phone on.

3.You should see a Motorola Dual Core screen appearing. You should press and hold the Volume up, and Volume Down keys on the side of the smartphone. Hold them until the lock screen shows up with ‘Safe Mode’ written in the lower corner.

For HTC Devices:

1.Switch off the smartphone and remove the battery for a few seconds then plug it back in.

2.Turn on your phone while simultaneously holding down the Menu Button. When it starts, keep pressing the Menu Button until you see ‘Safe Mode’ menu appearing in the lower corner.

For Nexus devices:

1.Switch off the smartphone and remove the battery for a few seconds then plug it back in.
2.Turn on the phone.
3.When the welcome Logo Screen shows up, hold the trackball while pressing it until a lock screen shows up, or you see ‘Safe Mode’ written in the bottom corner.

For Other Motorola Devices:

1.Switch off the smartphone and remove the battery for a few seconds then plug it back in.
2.Hold down the Menu Button after you press it while turning on the phone. When it boots, hold the button down upon seeing the lock screen or feeling the phone vibrate.

For Moto G Devices:
1.Press the Power Button and hold it on until the list with options pop-up.
2.Hold the Power off button and wait for a ‘Reboot to Safe Mode’ option to appear.
3.Tap it and let the phone reset.

For Samsung Galaxy Devices:

1.While the device is on, hold down the Power Button and wait for the Options List.
2.Wait for a ‘Restart to Safe Mode’ option to appear.
3.Choose this setting. The device will restart.

For Apple Devices:

1. While your device is locked, hold down the Power Button and the Home Button until you see a white Apple logo.
2. Once you see the logo, let go from those buttons and start holding the Volume Up button. (Give it a little time to boot up)
3. Now the phone should boot in Safe Mode without any third-parties running.

And now it is time to proceed by doing the actual backup:

Apple iOS

1. Connect your device and select it in iTunes.
2. From the Backups section go to Manually Back Up and Restore and tap on Back Up Now.

Android

1. Connect your device via USB to a computer and select Use as a Media Device. You may also see use as file transfer option.
2. Go to your phone from My Computer and copy all the files you need.
3. If the phone has an option to install its drivers onto your computer, select it and install them since this will simplify the process of copying your contact list on your computer.

2. Hard-reset your device and remove Facebook Friend Request Virus

Hard-Reset Your Smartphone

For Apple iPhone and iPad Devices:

Option I: Via the device

1.Back up your data using iCloud or another backup method.
2. Go to the Settings menu and go to General.
3. On the bottom, tap on Reset.
4. Tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
5. Confirm it by tapping on the red Erase button and then type your password.

Option II: Via iTunes

1. Connect your device and open iTunes.
2. Click on the device‘s name and model to open the dialog box.
3. From there, click on the button “Restore”

For Android Devices:

After you have backed up your files, you should perform a clean wipe-out of your phone. This can happen either via one of the options in Safe Mode or by entering your device’s Recovery Mode. Several methods exist in order to enter Recovery Mode of your device:

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For Nexus Devices: – Hold the Volume Down + Volume Up + Power button until a Recovery menu appears. After that, you should select the Wipe Data/Factory reset option. Nexus 4 may work with Volume Up + Power + Volume Down.

For Samsung Devices: – Hold the Volume Up + Power Button + Home Button until a Recovery menu appears. After that, you should select the Wipe Data/Factory reset option.

For Motorola Droid X Devices: Hold the Home Button + Power Button until a Recovery menu appears. After that, you should select the Wipe Data/Factory reset setting.

For other devices with camera buttons on them: Hold the Volume Up + Camera Button until a Recovery Menu appears. After this, you should choose the Wipe Data/Factory reset option.

Also in case you have backed up your device in a Google Account, you will be able to restore your data after a complete wipe-out by just logging into your Google Account with you email and password.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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