Article created to provide you with insight on the RayBan virus on Facebook and show you how to remove it completely from your computer or mobile device..
A new version of the previously detected RayBan virus (Facebook) has been recently detected to be spread again and affect an even greater number of users then it’s first version. The RayBan virus is related to a scam that aims to control the Facebook accounts of victims and send images of ray-ban sunglasses on discounts. In case your Facebook profile shares photos, like the one in the right, be advised that your computer may have been compromised by this virus. If so, we urge you to read the following article which will show you how to remove Facebook RayBan Virus.
|Short Description||Takes control of the targeted Facebook account and causes automatic shares.|
|Symptoms||Sharing of Ray-Ban discount images on friends’ Facebook profiles.|
|Distribution Method||Spammed malicious web links or via other users that have been affected.|
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RayBan Virus – Update December 2018
The “Ray-Ban” virus has continued to evolve in new scam forms and the creators are now imitating more than one brand. They have begun to imitate Nike Shoes Scams and the recently discovered UGG Facebook scam. The virus still spreads the same way and the risks from phishing are very high, since they often update and use more and more fake websites that copy the real UGG retailer site. More information about the UGG Facebook Virus, which is likely made by the same people who are behind the Ray-Ban virus, can be found in the related story underneath:
RayBan Virus – Update September 2018
There has been a new wave of scamming re-sharing in association with the Ray-Ban virus. The malware now uses updated images and a new phishing web page. The message which appears on Facebook carries the following image:
When the website is visited it displays a fake web page of Ray-Ban. If you visit this page, always check the URL of it, since this may be a scam attempt to obtain your credit card information or get you to buy a product that does not exist and will not be delivered to you. Here is how the fake page looks at the time of writing this:
RayBan Virus – How Does it Spread
There are multiple possibilities by which a user can become a victim of the so-called RayBan Virus. One of those is to open the link in the shared picture by being tricked, that it is an actual RayBan promotion. This may result in the virus obtaining information and permissions over your Facebook profile by utilizing malicious technologies, such as cookies, pixels, tags or other code.
Here is a screenshot of a web link containing picture shared directly on a friend’s profile from a compromised Facebook account:
When checked, the website itself has been reported by multiple sources, like Scamadviser that it is relatively new and a high risk to visit. It is a China-based site, meaning that the virus may originate from somewhere in that country.
Another method by which you could become a victim of this ransomware infection is if you are careless and click on a URL which is suspicious. This may result in the direct installation of the malicious software related to this virus on the background of your computer. The software may also exist in an app that has taken over Facebook permissions to share on your behalf, so it is also advisable to check your phone for malicious applications as well. Keep reading this article to learn more about this virus and how to make sure it is gone for good in the future.
RayBan Virus on Facebook – More Information
One of the first reports about this Facebook virus arose as a result of a Reddit user being one of the victims of this threat. The user, nicknamed DivineAusir describes the old variant of the RayBan virus as the following:
Hi, I got a facebook virus that posted photos of Ray Ban sunglasses and tagged a bunch of my friends in them. I’m not sure what caused it but two things happened the day the pictures were posted. The first thing was that I got a notification that somebody accessed my facebook account. I was in school at the time and so I didn’t do anything about it. Second thing was that I got an email that seemed completely legit but when I clicked it, it took me to a suspicious site which I closed immediately.
Here is an identified picture of the old RayBan virus posted by victims:
What is particularly interesting is that the victim in this case also received an e-mail which led to a suspicious website, pointing out to another possible scenario by which this malware could be distributed – malicious web links from e-mails.
If the RayBan virus has the capability of taking control over your Facebook profile, it may as well have other features that may help it retain it’s control, for example:
- Keylogging software that tracks your keystrokes if you try to change your password.
- Remote control software, such as RAT (Remote Access Trojans)
- Functions that take screenshots on your device.
What is cunning on their part is that cyber-criminals have not stopped using phishing and fake promotions to spread their malware and scams on Facebook. The largest social media site in the world still remains the biggest target for malware writers to infect unsuspecting victims, despite the many protection measurements taken by the company.
When the website itself has been visited, we have compared it to the original site of the company and it looked awfully similar to it and had no HTTPs, suggesting that it may be a phishing website that aims solely for your financial data, meaning that when you enter your credit card number and security code, you have no guarantee of the safety of your information.
Remove RayBan Virus from Facebook and Your Computer or Smartphone
Since this particular Facebook RayBan virus can have functions that may record a password change and still remain in control over your Facebook account, we recommend that you follow the methodology underneath:
1.Remove the virus from your device.
2.Log out all of the Facebook active logins from the Settings > Security
3.Make sure that you change your password to a very strong one and enable phone verification and notification on login for maximum security.
For the removal process of this Facebook malware, we have divided the instructions in two parts. The first part is the removal for computers. It will help you automatically detect the virus on you system and delete all of the related files to it. For maximum effectiveness, the use of an advanced anti-malware program is strongly advisable.
- Guide 1: How to Remove RayBan virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of RayBan virus from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove RayBan virus from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase RayBan virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall RayBan virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove RayBan virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate RayBan virus from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove RayBan virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove RayBan virus
Step 2: Uninstall RayBan virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by RayBan virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by RayBan virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of RayBan virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall RayBan virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove RayBan virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove RayBan virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as RayBan virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove RayBan virus from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase RayBan virus from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall RayBan virus from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove RayBan virus from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the RayBan virus will be removed.
Eliminate RayBan virus from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.