Facebook Notification Virus Removal

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I wrote this article to help you remove Facebook Notification Virus. This Facebook Notification Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Security experts have discovered an adware program which uses the name of Facebook to mislead users. The furtive program has been dubbed the Facebook Notification virus. It displays messages, stated to be from the social network. The authors of the adware seem to have put on an effort into the development. The shady tool generates different types of messages. Some of them copy the existing notifications you are used to seeing, while others are presented as new features.

The purpose of the adware is to redirect users. This is what is going to happen if you click on the message windows. The Facebook Notification virus can lead you to malicious websites and get your computer infected with malware. If you happen to receive a suspicious message from the social platform, check your system for threats. You may have been infected.

The Facebook Notification virus gets spread with the help of unlicensed programs and spam emails. Freeware, shareware, and pirated copies of paid utilities are responsible for transferring the sinister program to people’s computers. The executable of the adware gets merged with the setup file of the download client. When you run the installation wizard, make sure to read the terms and conditions. This is where the additional tools would be mentioned. Our advice is to discard extra programs. Be careful about the software you allow into your machine.

The same goes for files. The Facebook Notification virus can travel inside a spam email. The sender behind the bogus message will try to get you to open an attachment. As you can guess, this file is the host for the adware. Opening the carrier may be enough to allow the secluded tool into your system. Spammers often use advanced techniques, like scripts, to automatize the download and install of the contained software. You need to filter your in-box. Check the email address. If the letter is said to be from a given company or entity, the email address should attest to that. You can consult the contacts page on the official website of the corresponding organization for reference.

Remove Facebook Notification Virus
The Facebook Notification Virus

As previously stated, some of the notifications the Facebook Notification virus shows are standard. This includes friend requests and chat messages with different content. A common concept for chat messages is linking to an image while giving a vague description to make the recipient curious. The brief message that goes with the link can hint that the content is funny, interesting, or shocking. The developers of the adware use a template for naming the photos which makes it easy to identify them. The formula is as follows: photo_[4 random numbers].svg. Objects with the .svg file extension are a major red flag. This format is used to spread malware. Some of the messages contain videos. In most instances, they are fake. Rather than opening a video, the link redirects the user to a certain website. However, actual videos of child pornography have been circling around.

Other misleading tactics include presenting new features and hosting prize giveaways. The Facebook Notification virus has introduced an option to change the color scheme and congratulated people on getting selected in a Facebook profile lottery. In either case, you would be eager to find out what the concept is about. Since people who use social media are more likely to be aware of cyber scams, the clandestine program shows a lot of serious notifications. In fact, the negative messages outweigh the positive in number. The Facebook Notification virus has notified users about their wall posts getting unpublished and their account being reactivated. It has issued warnings about a virus on the system. The latter is targeted at French speakers. This alert involves a bogus technical support.

The Facebook Notification virus can make publications on behalf of the victim. It can post malicious links onto your wall. In this instance, the content would be visible to all of your contacts. This makes users unwilling malware distributors. The dangerous wall posts can also work the other way around. The Facebook Notification virus can publish content to your wall. The poster will be listed as one of your friends. If an unusual publication appears on your wall, you should ask the poster if he is really behind it. The final type of notification concerning user interaction is a feature for checking who has visited your profile. This service has been discussed for a long time, but it is not available to date.

Apart from leading users to infected websites, the Facebook Notification virus monitors their activity and collects information on them. The nefarious program can record your browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, zip code, demographic profile, email, telephone number, user names, passwords, and other sensitive details. The owners of the adware can sell your private input on darknet markets without your knowledge or consent. Your personal information can fall into the hands of cyber criminals.

Facebook Notification Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Facebook Notification Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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