Facebook Virus Posting from My Profile – Remove It and Protect Yourself

NameFacebook Virus
TypeMalicious smartphone application or browser extension
Short DescriptionA complicated virus which primarily posts on your behalf in social networks, but also may employ malware
SymptomsPostings 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.
Distribution MethodVia social networks.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Facebook Virus

facebook-fake-youtubeAh, if it isn’t the Facebook virus variants that have been reported to post on the users behalf. Its variants are spread so often that there may be a chance one of every three people to have seen them. The virus usually features a video with an excellent thumbnail picture of a viral video that just wants you to click it. Like many would say, curiosity killed the cat. In this case, curiosity infects the cat i.e. the user. I mean, face it you wanted to watch that man getting eaten by an alligator or just peek from the video with the beautiful girl performing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Well, don’t worry, because after explaining what it may be capable of, we will show you how to remove any traces of this virus from your machine and protect yourself from it.

Why Is This Facebook Virus So Effective?

The reason it works is the cleverness of the campaign created by the cyber criminals. It primarily involves a browsing extension. In our case, it was named YouTube Ex, resembling a fake youtube video plugin, without which we couldn’t check the video we clicked on. What this particular threat does is that it may obtain the user’s name and password only to execute malicious scripts that may either infect the computer with malware or continue spamming on user’s behalf. In case you start seeing weird posts and your friends begin to complain that you send them weird messages, it is a clear signal to do something about this virus.

More about Facebook Virus

There are many variants of this virus. One particular version redirects to a third-party website (qajvideo.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/arnqw/index.html) which was using amazon web service, when clicked on the interesting video. Cyber-criminals create all types of temporary links that are either closed by them after they finish their illegal campaigns or by authorities.

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More to it than that it resembled an actual video from youtube along with the play icon and so on and so forth. When clicked on, the site prompted a download the malicious application. What most users tend to disregard about such apps is the read and write permissions they want from the user prone to installation. They give them the authority to install anything from PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) via tracking technologies like cookies, beacons and LSOs (Local Shared Objects) all the way to malware on the machine.

What is worse is that this type of threat is not only present in computers. It involves phone applications as well. It may infect android, iOS, Windows mobile, Cyanogen mod(Android) and other types phone operating systems. What it may do on a phone varies depending on what it has been coded to do:

  • Obtain its full contact list.
  • In case the phone user has Apple, Google, Microsoft accounts, obtain their credentials and the credentials of the emails associated with them.
  • Obtain other all of the saved passwords in the phone (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Steal all of the phone’s messages from messaging services (Facebook Messenger, Viber, WattsApp, SMS)
  • Tap into the phone’s microphone to listen in on and off calls.
  • Steal information from the phone’s browser, like passwords, etc.
  • Interact with the phone’s applications, widgets, etc.
  • Disable any of the phone’s antivirus and firewall applications.
  • Send messages to expensive SMS services to charge the user money.

It depends on the app. Some applications may not install malware that does the abovementioned damages to your information and phone. Some are created to remain unnoticed for a long time and not only post spam messages in Facebook but also generate traffic from the smartphone’s behalf. This type of behavior is present when phone botnets are being developed for specific purposes.

More to it than that, if such application contains malware it may download mobile ransomware on the computer, like SimleLocker for example. What this type of attack does is that locks the user out of his phone and encrypts his important files with the one and only purpose of making him/her pay to unlock it. There are variants of ransomware that encrypt the memory stick of the user if there is such. Over 18 million dollars have been paid as ransom money only for last year, and it is not to be underestimated in any way.

How To Eradicate Facebook Virus and Countermeasure It?

We have set up removal manuals for both your Android smartphone as well as your Windows PC. However, in case you want to be protected from this virus, even the best anti-malware program may not be able to help you, if you do not pay attention to the locations you visit. This is why you should take into consideration yourself as a factor. Always keep up to date with the latest online threats so you won’t become a victim. Also, it is advisable to protect yourself with an anti-malware program and update it as well as your Windows. This increases your protection significantly, because, like Windows Firewall, an anti-malware program needs the latest definitions to improve in finding anything out of the ordinary in your PC.

To eradicate Facebook Virus from your smartphone it is important back up all the important data on your smartphone either externally or in the cloud first. Then, you should follow this tutorial.

Boot Your Smartphone into Safe Mode:

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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.

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.

In order to remove this virus from your Windows machine you should delete it from your browser, delete any associated programs in the Windows Add and Remove Programs if any and scan your PC in Safe Mode with an anti-malware program. After that it is highly advisable to change all of your passwords.

1. Remove/Uninstall Facebook 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 Virus.

    2. Remove Facebook 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 Virus and click “Remove

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    After Facebook 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 Virus and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Facebook 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 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 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 Virus
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    3. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Facebook Virus.

    For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
    Step 1: Open the Start Menu
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    Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
    Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Step 6: Click on Restart.
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    Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

    4. Remove Facebook Virus automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you must download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Facebook Virus associated objects.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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