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How to Remove a Facebook Virus

Updated on November 23, 2012
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Facebook is an extremely popular social website, but it is not immune to attacks. In fact, the hacks, viruses, sneaky redirects and fake links are becoming more and more popular everyday. Hackers take away your Facebook account in order to steal your friends addresses and spam them, or trick your Facebook buddies into to giving them financial information. Don't panic if it happens to you. Whether they hack your account and change your login, or place a virus on your Facebook page, you can recover your account.

Facebook Account Hacked or Invaded by a Virus?

If you've discovered strange photos, advertisements, articles, or links on your Facebook page, you may have been hacked. A phishing scam actually hacks into your account and spams your friends and other people from your account. Your buddies think it's recommendations sent or posted by you, and that's the entire strategy of the hackers. Follow these steps to reclaim your account.

First Step on Facebook Hacking: Try to Change Your Password

If you can log into your Facebook account, change your password. Hackers may have used a website that looked like Facebook and tricked you into logging into it. So, always change your password if you can.

Step Two: Run any Viral Software You Have on Your Computer

Scan your entire computer for any signs of a virus or malware on your computer system. Ensure that your antivirus software is up to date and is efficient enough to protect your computer.

Clean Up Facebook Applications

Remove Suspicious Applications in Your Account

Login to Facebook

Go to the upper right hand corner drop-down menu and click on "Account Settings"

On the left hand side, click on "Apps"

Read through the list and remove the suspicious applications

Go Into Applications Page from "Account Settings"

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Next Step: Remove any Suspicious Facebook Apps

You may have clicked on a viral link that was disguised as a Facebook Application. These rogue links are posted all the time to fool you into thinking it's useful and legitimate. There is a Facebook assistance page that can help you clean up your Facebook Apps.


Help! I Can't Login to My Account!

If you cannot log into your account, most likely you have been hacked. Someone has claimed your account and has changed your password. You can still reclaim your account. First, visit the page that Facebook has created to Identify your account. The information the form will ask you for is your email and one or two names that you have included on your Facebook friends page.

I Still Can't Login to My Facebook Account

If you have been hacked and you are still having difficulty logging in, and you have tried the Identify Your Account page on Facebook, go to Report Compromised Account and Facebook will take you through the steps to recover your account.

Steps to Recover Your Facebook Account

Facebook Account Symptoms
Probable Cause
Take Action
Strange photos, tags, links and messages and spamming
Phishing scam or virus has infected your account
Change your password, scan your entire computer with any antivirus and malware program you may have, remove suspicious applications
I can't login to my Facebook account!
A hacker may have changed your account information
Go to Facebook's "Identify Your Account Page," and follow the steps to recovering your account
I still can't login to my Facebook!
Your account has been compromised by someone who has changed your account information
Go to the "Report Compromised Account" page and follow the steps to recover your account
Note: Ensure Cookies are enabled in your browser, your antivirus software is not blocking your Facebook Page, and you are connected to the internet

Preventative Measures to Stop the Hacking of Your Facebook Account

  • Don't click on a strange or suspicious link
  • Be aware of where you are and who's watching when you enter your password.
  • Report any spam or abuse you see on discussion boards and your Facebook page walls.
  • Don’t use the same password, and change it periodically on Facebook
  • Use a different password than the one you use in other places on the web
  • Never share or give your password to anyone
  • Don’t open attachments in suspicious emails
  • Always add security questions to keep your account safer

Stay Ahead of Hackers

Illustration by eHealer
Illustration by eHealer | Source

Protect Your Private Information and Facebook Page

Make sure you have a good antivirus or malware program that runs daily and is up to date. Microsoft essentials does a good job and it is a free program if you don't have one. Also, free AVG is efficient and will keep your computer safe. Never click on any suspicious links, be careful when adding a "friend" on your account (it may be a virus), and change your password periodically to save yourself from being hacked.

Free Microsoft Essentials will Protect Your PC

How to Remove a Virus or Malware on Your Computer

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    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you for writing this .. great Hub..I am always having to change My Facebook password ... sometimes I feel like just closing it down .. sharing

      Debbie ...

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Deborah, it's great that you find it useful!

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      Mellonyy 4 years ago

      Very useful and informative hub! Voted up and shared!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Mellony y, so nice to see you again!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Useful hub for everyone. Facebook can be a little scary and I see more and more ads everyday now that they have sponsored ads. I try not to click on anything. Up and shared.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Glimmer, I have had so many viruses I had to close it down for awhile and clean it up. What a mess, so I shared my experiences here, and hopefully it will help others. Nice to see ya hub buddy!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...well my dear Deborah this is a most handy reference guide and it's something which happens to everyone online sooner or later.

      Thank you being such an intrepid and passionate investigative journalist. We received our first substantial snowfall Sunday morning and it is only going away now by Monday afternoon - winter is definitely on our doorstep wanting to get in .....and I here sit with the heat blowing and two sleeping pussycats sending you warm wishes from lake erie time canada 2:11pm and I will once again post this helpful hub guide to the Hubpages Facebook group with a link

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Epi, sorry it's so cold there. I am wearing shorts and thinking about turning on the air conditioner! Very warm wishes from Las Vegas, and thanks for all you do to help me get the word out there with my hubs. Your friend

      Deborah

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      pinappu 4 years ago from India

      I did not know that there is a facebook virus too! Thank you for making me and the others aware about it. I've shared it on facebook and twitter.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Pinappu, I appreciate your support! I hope you never need this, but it's nice to know that help is here!

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      Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      This is such a good information.. Thanks for sharing...

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      topkidstoys 4 years ago

      browser extensions are a popular way of autospamming from FB. never install rogue extensions.

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      Joseph Barrett 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks to share this useful information and no doubt its useful for others

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