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Remove Facebook “Virus” (July 2019 Update)

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What is

In this article, we will share with you some important information about a Facebook-distributed browser hijacker known as the Facebook “Virus”. We will tell you how users typically get this hijacker on their browsers, what the effects of getting it installed on your browser may be and what you can do in order to remove it. However, before we get any further, we must first clarify what a browser hijacker really is.

This isn’t exactly a virus – it is different from Trojans, Ransomware and similar high-danger threats. People may refer to the Facebook “virus” as, well, a virus, but what this hijacker would mostly do is add some sketchy page-redirecting extension to Chrome, Firefox or Safari and maybe replace the search engine that the browser uses. It may also set a new homepage but so far we have no conclusive information that in particular does that. The good news is that this hijacker would probably not cause any direct harm to your machine and will mainly simply irritate you.


What is facebook virus typically gets to the users in the following way: the user receives a Facebook/Messenger message from a friend – the text in this message contains your name and the word video next to it as well as a shocked emoji face, together with a hyperlink.

However, its presence inside your browser could certainly increase the risks of getting targeted by actual malicious pieces of software. Ransomware threats and Trojan Horses could easily enter your system if you click on some sketchy ad or interact with the contents of some questionable site and such ads and sites are likely to start appearing on your screen if you have had the Facebook “virus” installed in your computer. facebook virus

If you are using Firefox on Mac or Windows, the link will redirect you to a page with a fake Flash Player download in it. If the user installs it, they get an adware extension in their browser that will later go on to spam them with shady ads.

Distribution methods and consequences of the infection

This hijacker typically gets to the users in the following way: you user receives a Facebook/Messenger message from a friend – the text in this message contains your name and the word video next to it as well as a shocked emoji face. Below in the message, there is a hyperlink – depending on what your OS, location and also the browser that you are using, clicking on the link may redirect you to different pages. For instance, if you are using Firefox on Mac or Windows, the link will redirect you to a page with a fake Flash Player download in it. If the user installs it, they get an adware extension in their browser that will later go on to spam them with shady ads. For Chrome users, the link redirects to another fake page, this time of YouTube. Again, the goal of the fake page is to get you to install some unwanted extension in your browser. And after you get those extensions and the ads start swarming your screen, the risk of getting attacked by actual malware increases dramatically.

But why did a friend send it to me?

The most likely answer is that your friend’s browser had also gotten infected. One of the potential effects of getting infected with those unwanted extensions is that they may start issuing commands in your browser without your permission. This is why, if you have the Facebook “virus”, it is highly likely that similar spam messages have already gotten automatically sent from your Facebook account to your friends. This is why we advise you to check your chats with your Facebook friends and if such a spam message has gotten sent to any of them, warn them to not open the included link.

And finally, in order to take care of this highly unpleasant issue, we advise you to use the guide offered below and carefully and meticulously complete every step from it.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You will see some odd extension in your browser that tends to redirect you to sketchy pages and that may display invasive ads on your screen.
Distribution Method Through misleading links included in Facebook/Messenger messages from friends that have already gotten their browsers hijacked.
Detection Tool

Remove Facebook “Virus”

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


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).



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. 


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. 


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


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:


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


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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove 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 from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 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.


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

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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