Remove Fake Facebook Friend Request Scam Virus (Oct. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Facebook Friend Request Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Facebook Friend Request is a specific piece of software that belongs to the so-called browser hijacker category and has the ability to introduce some potentially unwanted changes to the settings of the users’ browsers. A number of people have recently contacted our “How to remove” team with a request to clarify the specifics of this application and the possible methods of having its changes overridden. That’s why, the article that you are about to read contains details about Facebook Friend Request, its methods of distribution and installation, the potential issues that it may cause and a step-by-step Removal Guide for its removal.

Facebook Friend Request Message

Many web users refer to this browser hijacker as a “virus” without knowing much about its intentions. But could Facebook Friend Request really be a serious security threat? Well, it certainly is not as dangerous as a Trojan horse or a Ransomware. In fact, such software usually does not possess any malicious code which could cause system damage or perform a cybercrime. But the browser hijackers could be very intrusive because they may alter the settings of any browser (be it Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer or some other one) and force it to display paid content such as pay-per-click ads, promotional links, pop-ups, banners and tabs without the users’ approval. This type of software basically serves the needs of the online marketing industry and tends to install some sponsored tools, browser add-ons, search engines or homepage domains to your default browsing application in order to make you use them which would, in turn, generate income for the creators of the hijacker. What is more, it tends to mess with the search results and to redirect you to specific sites that need traffic and exposure without taking into consideration your actual search queries. 

Remove Facebook Friend Request Scam

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Facebook Friend Request from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Facebook Friend Request from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Facebook Friend Request from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

In this way, the browser hijacker may greatly disturb your normal web surfing and may not let you use your browser in peace. Fortunately, in the paragraphs that follow, you will have the chance to read more about the most effective methods which could help you uninstall the annoying software as well as the best tips to keep it away from your PC and your browser in the future.

How can a browser hijacker infiltrate your machine’s system?

A browser hijacker cannot really infect you like a computer virus because it simply is not one. Unlike most Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware you might encounter, the usual distribution tactics used by hijackers are not as sneaky or as difficult to spot. This means that you have most probably installed this annoying software yourself if you have recently downloaded and installed some new application setup, an update, a browser add-on or a software bundle without customizing the setup settings. This is the most common way users end up with browser hijackers or similar potentially unwanted ad-generating and page-redirecting pieces of software on their computers. More often than not, they simply overlook options such as the Advanced or Custom ones and proceed with the Automatic installation options of the new software without carefully checking the installation manager for additional components that might make changes to their browser or to their system. Different automatic installation packages, spam messages and free download links may also contain applications like Facebook Friend Request, which could usually be listed as free or bonus tools to some other apps, games, optimization software or browser add-ons. Fortunately, with one click on the Advanced/Custom menu during the installation, you will gain much more control over the installation and would become able to leave out anything you deem unwanted or unnecessary. But, in order to prevent a hijacker’s installation, you really have to pay close attention to what software you install on your PC and avoid anything that comes from unreliable sources or from questionable developers.

Can Facebook Friend Request cause some harm once installed in the system?

It is not typical for the browser hijackers to cause harm to the users’ PCs since, as we said above, those software components aren’t really viruses. These pieces of software are not created to perform cyber crimes but to advertise stuff. That’s why, they are specialized in aggressively causing page redirects and displaying pesky ads all  over the people’s screens but are really unlikely to affect anything else on your computer except for your browser. Most security experts do not regard hijacker apps to be as threatening as viruses mainly due to their relatively harmless purposes. This is quite relieving news, but if you really aren’t happy with the changes that this software has imposed on your browser and the way it has made it operate, you should still probably remove the nagging software element. Despite the fact that an application like Facebook Friend Request will not initiate actions of fraud, theft, or system corruption, you may get quite annoyed by its never-ending stream of ads, pop-ups, banners and browser changes and may want to browse the web in peace. That’s why, if you seek an effective method to make your browser responsive to your actual searches again, we suggest you use the instructions in the Removal guide on this page and eliminate all the related unwanted changes once and for all.

SUMMARY:

Name Facebook Friend Request
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Various ads, pop-ups, intrusive banners and automatic page-redirects may disturb your web surfing.
Distribution Method Free download links, software bundles, automatic installers, torrents, spam messages, email attachments, ads. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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