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Facebook_F_iconThe Facebook Notification Virus is believed to be an unwanted browser extensions. What it does is it sends fake Facebook notifications to infected users. From there on, the malware can gain access to your Facebook data and also install browser extensions. It’s very dangerous given the massive popularity of Facebook.

Threat Summary

NameFacebook Notification Virus
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP, Adware
Short DescriptionThe virus can find its way into your system through careless clicking on a Facebook notifications and installing PUPs through bundle packs. .
SymptomsSlow computer. Unfamiliar notifications begin to appear on your Facebook page.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Clickjacking.
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Facebook Notification Virus – How Did Get It?

The virus infects users who click on a fake notification. These notifications are usually masked to look like a friend replied to a comment you made. When you click on the notification, your PC will become affected. The virus can also be distributed through bundle packs. To avoid that, always check the Custom and Advanced option when installing a program, and tick out any programs you don’t want, as they can be PUPs and browser hijackers.

Once the Facebook notification virus infects your system, it can install an adware plugin on your browser. The virus can infect most browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

A lot of applications which resemble Facebook Notification Virus seem to be non-malicious. Some of them are even made to look like original Facebook apps such as photo notification software or posting helpers. Since many users’ have the already developed habit of fast tapping on something they are tagged on, they may fall into a fake Facebook notification trap.

What is very bad is not that you see such notification. The menace becomes real after they are opened. Usually most applications for Facebook want permissions from users, but Facebook Notification Virus may slip past such permissions and do the “approval” process itself.

Facebook Notification Virus – More Information

When the virus infects you, the browser extension, it can either be very dangerous to your computer or be a simple advertising “gateway”. That includes pop-ups, banners, and other annoying adverts. These ads are rarely legitimate and can be a gateway to even more viruses, PUPs, and malware.

The virus would also steal your information, among other things:

  • IPs.
  • Facebook account information.
  • Browser history.
  • Email address.

It’s important to remove any viruses and malware from your computer, not only for your own cyber-safety and comfort but also to stop the cyber-criminals from infecting yet more users and make money out of selling personal information and intrusive advertisements.

If you want to protect yourself in the future, there are several actions which you could take on your Facebook account:

1)Remove the application which is causing notifications in the application settings tab. It can be detected by having the same icons as the application.
2)Report the application to Facebook to help shut it down for good.
3)Check for other groups or applications you did not approve and remove them.

The application settings can be accessed if you follow these steps:

/1/ Click on the arrow down icon on the top right of your Facebook page:

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/2/ Choose Settings and then choose Apps:

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/3/ Remove any suspicious apps. You can find them if they have the same icon as the notifications’ icon.

Removal of Facebook Notification Virus from Your System

Facebook is an important platform in today’s world. Most of us use it daily to communicate with our friends, family, and colleagues, and its interruption can be very disruptive to everyday life. If your system got infected by the Facebook Notification Virus, you should follow the tutorial provided bellow to remove it.

Manually delete Facebook Notification Virus from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the Facebook Notification Virus threat: Manual removal of Facebook Notification Virus 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.

1.Remove or Uninstall Facebook Notification Virus in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Facebook Notification Virus in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Facebook Notification Virus in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Facebook Notification Virus.

    2.Remove Facebook Notification Virus from Your Browser

    Remove Facebook Notification Virus from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Facebook Notification Virus and click “Remove

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    After Facebook Notification Virus is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Facebook Notification Virus and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Facebook Notification Virus is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Facebook Notification Virus to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Facebook Notification Virus has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Facebook Notification Virus
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Facebook Notification Virus. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Facebook Notification Virus will be removed.

    3.Fix registry entries created by Facebook Notification Virus on your PC

    Fix registry entries created by Facebook Notification Virus on your PC.

    Some malicious scripts may modify the registry entries of your computer to change different settings. This is why manual clean up of your Windows Registry Database is strongly recommended. Since the tutorial on how to do this is a bit lenghty, we recommend following our instructive article about fixing registry entries.

    Automatically remove Facebook Notification Virus by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

    1. Remove Facebook Notification Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove Facebook Notification Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Facebook Notification Virus.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Facebook Notification Virus.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Facebook Notification Virus files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Facebook Notification Virus in the future

    Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Facebook Notification Virus.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Facebook Notification Virus.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Facebook Notification Virus is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Facebook Notification Virus should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Facebook Notification Virus Using Other Alternative Tools

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Facebook Notification Virus.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Facebook Notification Virus associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

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    Ventsislav Krastev

    Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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