Facebook Message Virus is a computer infection that is responsible for hijacking Facebook accounts and sending out fake spam messages to all the “friends” of the hijacked user. According to various news reports, this new infection could spread at around 40,000 attacks per hour, and more than 800,000 Google Chrome users have been affected so far. Such fast distribution of the infection calls for extreme cautiousness. Be careful when you browse Facebook, and do remove Facebook Message Virus as soon as you can, otherwise this infection may be responsible for a big personal data leak that you definitely would want to avoid.
Where does Facebook Message Virus come from?
Facebook Message Virus manifests itself as a message from a friend. It does not mean that your friend initiates the message. It simply shows that his/her account has been hacked and the “virus” is spreading further. Once you receive the aforementioned message, you are urged to watch a video. However, watching the video is not the most dangerous thing about this infection, because the video simply does not play. You are then asked to click the external link and download a codec. Installing the codec should help you view the video, but the codec itself is the infection that affects your browser and breaches your privacy.
What does Facebook Message Virus do?
In case you have downloaded the browser plug-in that is supposed to function as a video codec, the plug-in gets installed on your browser, and then it hijacks it, copying all the information and data stored in it. Therefore, if you have all your logins and passwords stored in your browser, Facebook Message Virus taps into that information and the people behind this infection can easily access your various accounts, hacking it and spreading even further. It shows that storing your passwords within your browser may be dangerous, but you can avoid this infection if you take definite precaution measures.
How to remove Facebook Message Virus?
First, you need to avoid clicking external links you receive from your friends. If you find a message on Facebook suspicious, do double-check with your acquaintance whether he/she really sent the message. It has been announced that Google Chrome has disabled all the extensions related to Facebook Message Virus already, but if you think you may have potentially dangerous programs installed on your computer, run a full system scan with SpyHunter scanner, and all the dangerous files will be detected at once. Do not hesitate to invest in a reliable computer security program to remove Facebook Message Virus and anything related to it from your system. Also, if you have been affected, change your Facebook password and refrain from storing all the passwords possible on your browser.