Facebook Virus - How to Remove It

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


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This article will help you remove all types of Facebook viruses and scams from your computer and increase your Facebook security.

Being the largest social media platform in the world is quite the achievement, but it also comes with quite the responsibility. Users are bombarded very often with scamming advertisements of different nature, most of which get them to watch a video or visit an article. Usually these very same marketing tricks used as click bait work when malware is the object advertised, which is very bad news for security vendors and users. In this article we aim to show you some of the most notorious Facebook viruses out there and provide removal instructions in case you experience symptoms of those viruses on your computer. We have also included some tips on how to increase the protection against such threats in general.

The Facebook Viruses

The Secret Sister Gift Scam on Facebook (Update November 2018)

Pretending as a gifts exchange, the

Remove Secret Sister Gift Scam and protect yourself from such strains including related social network messages by reading our article
Secret Sister Gift scam is the type of Facebook scam which is oriented towards stealing users’ money by getting them to pay 10$ on it’s landing page to begin exchanging gifts. In reality however, it brings nothing more than headaches to users.

Short DescriptionA scam, posing as a service for gift exchange with an entry fee.
SymptomsPosts various different types of scamming mesage

Facebook Important Notice Virus

The Facebook important notice virus is a recent phishing tactics that can extract sensitive data from the victims. Its address will feature Facebook-related strings and it may also feature security certificates to further manipulate the victims into thinking that they have accessed a page belonging to the social network. The users will be shown a fake notification that asks them to a new terms of service agreement by interacting with a login page.

If they click the relevant button they will be redirected to a page that resembles the real Facebook login. If the targets input their account credentials they will automatically be redirected to the hacker operators who will take over control of the accounts. The scam pages will be distributed using the most popular tactics: spam email messages, redirects, browser hijackers and etc.

The “Posting from My Profile” Facebook Scam Virus

Update! Another Facebook virus has been released, unlike any other. This malware post your profile picture along with a URL and a video on your Facebook.
A virus, related to a suspicious Google Chrome browser extension, known as “YouTubeEx” has been reported to generate a post, appearing as it is from the official Facebook page of YouTube. The post simply had the word “Video” written on it and nothing else besides that. When the user clicks on this suspicious video, he or she experiences a browser redirect to a suspicious website that force-adds the suspicious browser extension. As soon as this extension Is added, it may obtain credentials of your Facebook account and begin sharing and posting from your Facebook profile.

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.

IKEA Katalog 2016 Table Swastika Facebook Virus

Few months ago a Facebook scam appeared spreading the image of an

Unfortunately, Facebook hoaxes and scams are something quite regular and many users get fooled on a daily basis. One of the currently viral hoaxes involves IKEA. An image of a dinner table dubbed Hadolf shaped like a swastika has been...Read more
IKEA table looking like a swastika. Not only this but there was also a price for the table – 88 Euros. Interesting post, keeping in mind that it was originating from Duisburg, Germany and the number 88 is a sign used by Neo-nazis. Some believe the scam was made to boost IKEA’s reputation, some believe it is used as a click-bait to spread malware. Whatever the case may be the post was shared over 12,000 times.

Short Description A hoax IKEA brochure that may infect the computer with malware and redirect to multiple suspicious third-party websites.
SymptomsAn image of a dinner table dubbed Hadolf shaped like a swastika.

“Small Humanoids Discovered In the U.S. Facebook” Virus Spam

This scam is probably one of the most popular I’ve stumbled onto from my “collection”. It represents a fake post of an article that says there have been

Name Type Social media scam, fake status update. Short Description Leading to a third-party sites that prompts the completion of a survey to watch the video. Symptoms Treansfers users to a third-party site instead of immediately letting them watch the...Read more
small human-like creatures that were discovered somewhere in the United States. It actually led to a suspicious third-party website that led them to the video. Users were asked to complete a survey to watch the video, though, which asked for their personal and financial information.

Short Description Leading to a third-party sites that prompts the completion of a survey to watch the video.
Symptoms Transfers users to a third-party site instead of immediately letting them watch the video. The picture below featuring as a status update in Facebook News Feed from one of the user’s friends or a Facebook group.

The “Zuckerberg has left Facebook” Virus


A minor bug that enables anyone to manipulate the life events of any user has been just reported by the independent bug hunter Sachin Thakuri. Even though it?s not of technical or security nature, the bug can be blamed for...Read more
“Zuckerberg has left Facebook” scam was as classic as it was genius. Someone, who understood coding made this, because whoever that was found a bug that could change life events, statuses and other interesting details of users. A researcher, named Sachin Thakuri discovered the bug, yet Facebook refused to fix it. This was a potentially dangerous scam, and it may have led to some people being pissed off for sure.

Short Description A virus spreading through a scam that takes advantage of a Facebook bug allowing it to manipulate life events of users.
Symptoms Your life events, relationship status and other details may change and become public.

Duplicate Profiles Facebook Virus

Ever received a Facebook invite from someone you know twice? Well, this

A new scam on Facebook has reappeared ? account cloning. It has been spotted in 2012 and now users have posted complaints that the scam is back again. The scam has already affected some people and scammers have obtained money...Read more
Duplicate Profiles scam is one of the more modern ways to send you malware and infect your PC or smartphone. What the virus does is that it takes the friends list of the victim and then duplicates their profile to send another friend request and infect their computer via malicious attachments and chat messages. This is still on the loose, so beware!

Short Description Creates a duplicate profile of the victim to be used for malicious purposes, such as infecting his friends with malware.
Symptoms Friend requests from a duplicate profile of yours sent to your Facebook buddies.

The “Starbucks Gift Card” Facebook Virus

This hipster-Starbucks-loving oriented scam targeted mainly fans of the notorious company, asking them to share and invite friends to a fake Starbucks Facebook group. Classic way to boost a group and then change it’s name to what you want, right?

Short Description Displays a fake promotion asking to join a potentially hazardous Facebook group.
Symptoms Shared posts of a promotion for Starbucks if you invite friends.

The “Dislike Button” Facebook Malware

Remember back then, when Facebook had a new design and decided to allow only some users to test it? Well, this scam took advantage of that, pretending to allow only “few” to test the upcoming dislike button. There was no such thing, however.

Short Description Posts, advertising a fake dislike button that lead to malicious third-party website.
Symptoms Added suspicious browser extensions, sluggish computer, posts from your profile and shares and automatic likes of unknown Facebook groups.

The Facebook “Change Color” Facebook Virus


One of Facebook Virus variants called Facebook Change Colour has been gaining popularity in the cyber-security research fields. It has been classified to be a Trojan Horse which may affect some users via the most popular social network in the...Read more
Facebook “Change Color” virus was as classic as it was widespread. It’s goal was to primarily advertise a dubious browser extension that collects your sensitive information and helps spread the scam further. No FB colors were harmed during the making of this scam, only personal information.

Short Description Steals valuable information on a victim`s PC via malware.
Symptoms Users are redirected to fake Facebook phishing pages, pop-ups, online survey scams.

The “You’ve got an iPhone” Phishing Facebook Virus

I mean sure it may work for some people, but it takes another level of no experience to click on this thing and enter your credit card details, besides seeing a scam for the first time in your life, of course. Either way, it appears that many fell for the

Remove ?You?ve been randomly selected to test the new iPhone 9? messages. Follow the removal instructions for this survey adware scam given at the end.
“You’ve got an iPhone” trick and may have entered their details. The suspected method of spreading is via unwanted software and ad-supported applications.

Short Description Pop-up pretending to be Facebook caused by a potentially unwanted application, installed via bundling.
Symptoms “Every Monday we select one lucky visitor to get a special offer from our sponsors, as our “thank you” for being a loyal Facebook mobile user” message.

The “Free Southwest Airlines Tickets” Facebook Virus

This virus begins to lead you towards a survey pretending to be from Facebook, but is actually a phishing web page, reported to also be malicious and use unauthorized tracking technologies. Whatever the case may be, this virus besides spreading in Facebook directly, could also be seen if you have a potentially unwanted program installed on your computer.

Short Description Fake event portraying free tickets if you enter your personal information.
Symptoms Users may witness phishing pages, computer slowing down and pop-ups of the scam image above.

The “My Secret Video” Facebook Virus

This scam attacked mobile devices, it was pretty clever at it too. Most hacked profiles posted on other profiles or their own timelines a video named “My secret video”. This was to sort out the inexperienced from experienced users. As soon as inexperienced user opens it, the scam displays a fake Android update, which is basically malware that aims to take control over your Android smartphone.

Short Description Redirect to a fake upgrade of Android, flash player or java.
Symptoms After installing the malicious application the user may see posts on his Facebook profile without his consent.

Photos of Ray-Ban Sunglasses Facebook Virus

Ever seen a sales page leading to an external link. Well, this is what makes such scams pretty slick. You can’t differentiate the actual retailer from the scamming or malicious web page. Well, you can but it kind of requires some experience. Slick and devious! Besides that this scam infects users with malware, it may also be spread via infected computers and compromised or inactive Facebook profiles.

Short Description Malicious smartphone application or browser extension that posts from your profile.
Symptoms Unauthorized shared posts of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Nike Shoes Facebook Virus (Scam)

The Nike Shoes scam is one of the recent and new Facebook scams and is likely sent by the same people who are responsible for the Ray-Ban Facebook virus. The scam is likely spread via a very specific software that hijacks the Facebook profiles of victims and then begins posting from the victim’s compromised account.

The Nike Shoes scam may propagate via special software that not only hijacks your Facebook profile but hijacks your browsing activity in general. The possibilities of getting this software are many. And what is worse is that the malware may also spread across victims’ smartphones as well. One victim has reported the following, concerning the Nike Facebook Virus scam:

Craig Powers
4 August at 09:06 ·
Dear Facebook I’m so tired of the SCAM ads that pop up…IE “Take this short survey”, “Nike shoes $7.00” and on and on! I report these every time but I still see them everyday? Like MySpace, Facebook is changing into one big commercial scam instead of what it was intended to be! Add in the fact that now we only see a small percentage of our friends post too. Facebook in the past always got better over time but in the last few years has gotten much worse! There is a wide open hole for a new social media platform that is scam free with better customer service! Mark Zuckerberg please fix this! #CP

The scam’s end goal is to take victims to a fake Nike Website, the idea of which is to enter your financial details and buy shoes that may not even arrive. Not only users risk their information by doing so, but they also risk all of they money as well, since the fake site does not have anything remotely to do with the original one:

Short Description Malicious smartphone application or PC browser extension that posts from your profile.
SymptomsUnauthorized shared posts of Nike Shoes.

Facebook Virus Posts Your Profile Picture With a Link

The discovery of this

Update! Another Facebook virus has been released, unlike any other. This malware post your profile picture along with a URL and a video on your Facebook.
Facebook virus originated from multiple reports from users of a virus that takes over your Facebook profile and posts your own profile picture to your friends, along with a malicious web link. Here is one of the reports from victims:


Short Description Works based on how a botnet operates. Aims to steal information.
Symptoms Slow computer. Notifications from friends begin to appear on your Facebook timeline.

Remove Facebook Viruses from Your Smartphone and Your PC

In case you have experienced the symptoms from the viruses above, we strongly recommend following the removal instructions below. They are carefully designed to help you remove these viruses from your computer and your smartphone.

Delete Facebook Virus from your smartphone

1. Back up the data on your device
2. Hard-reset your device and remove Facebook Virus

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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