“This is your video” Facebook “Virus” Scam Removal (July 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove “This is your video” Facebook “Virus” Scam. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

There are a lot of users out there who are facing different kinds of browsing disturbances such as random page redirects, generation of many irritating online adverts, unwanted changes to the browser and so on on a daily basis. If you are one such user, then you might want to read the next lines – here, we will go over one of the most common reasons behind the aforementioned browsing-related issues as well as behind many other similar disturbances. There is a category of software applications and programs known as browser hijackers and such apps are actually capable of getting added to your browser and making certain changes to it – a replaced starting page and new-tab page, a replaced search engine, an added new toolbar, etc. This could affect any browser – Chrome, IE, Firefox, Edge or any other, it really is irrelevant what browser you are using. Aside from the unwanted changes, it’s likely that there would be many random pop-ups and blinking boxes and blinking banners appearing on your screen and it is also possible that due to the hijacker’s activity you might start to get redirected to unknown sites and web locations that could sometimes have questionable contents. Again, all of those activities and all this intrusive behavior is typical or the hijacker category and if you are presently faced with the issues we’ve just described, then you almost certainly have a hijacker app inside your system. Our focus within the remainder of this article will be “This is your video” as this is one of the newest browser hijacker versions and there have been a lot of complaints about it. What happens actually, is that one of your facebook friends sends you a message, asking if “you are in this video?” or “this is your video?”. This is a scam message luring you to click on it. Many users have had this pesky page-redirecting software installed on their machines without even realizing it and are thus currently seeking a way to eliminate it. Now, removing a hijacker is typically not as simple as uninstalling any other program. This is because most hijackers are programmed and developed in such a way so that they’d be difficult to remove from the PC. However, this doesn’t mean that if “This is your video” is inside your computer, that you’d need to have some special computing skills or to bring your machine to a professional in order to eradicate the unwanted software. Hijackers are not virus programs and removing them is not as complicated as getting rid of a real malware piece like a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse version. If you want to learn how to do away with “This is your video”, we advise you to visit the guide manual we’ve added at the bottom of this write-up after you’ve finished reading here and complete the steps in it as instructed. If you do that, the undesirable app should be gone in no time.

“This is your video” Facebook “Virus” Scam Removal

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 “This is your video” 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 “This is your video” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “This is your video” 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

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!

Is there any real reason to be worried?

We already said that “This is your video” is not some nasty Trojan, Ransomware or some other kind of malicious malware program. Hijackers like this one are primarily created to accumulate revenue for their devs through different advertising techniques and models such as Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View. However, all of this advertising and unwanted changes to the user’s browser could really make this kind of software undesirable and highly frustrating to have on your PC. That said, it is still rather unlikely to attempt to harm your system or personal files in any way. One thing that needs to be pointed out here, though, is that you are not supposed to trust the advertising materials that the hijacker streams on your screen. Normally, the ads should be harmless and might even link to real offers that you might find interesting. However, there is always a chance that one of those ads might actually be a redirect link to some nasty and illegal webpage where you might run into all forms of malicious cyber threats and thus have your PC exposed to them. Therefore, it’s simply better if you keep your distance and avoid any interaction with the obstructive an annoying online advertisements that “This is your video” might spam your browser with.

Keeping away from hijackers in future

The best way to ensure that no more such apps land on your PC is to be mindful of your online habits and to avoid interacting with Internet content that doesn’t seem reliable. Also, when installing anything new on your machine, use the Advanced setup where you can see if there are any bundled apps that have been put inside the main program’s installer. If there’s anything added that could potentially turn out to be a hijacker, remove the checkmark from its checkbox and only then continue with the main installation process.

SUMMARY:

Name “This is your video”
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Any annoying change to your browser that you did not authorize could be the work of a hijacker app.
Distribution Method Program bundles, spam message with shady attachments, pirated or low-quality software downloads, bundles, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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