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Facebook Malware Warning

Facebook Malware Warning is a new scam you might encounter. There is probably no need to say that it targets Facebook users primarily. Even though the message it contains is quite disturbing, we can assure you that it is completely fake. Such scams are usually used by cyber criminals to obtain users’ logins and passwords. Some users find it displayed to them after they click on a malicious link found among the comments below some kind of post. Others are redirected to the domain with the fake warning against their will from another dubious website. Theoretically, Facebook Malware Warning might be opened to users if they click on untrustworthy links found while browsing the web and/or advertisements too. You should be able to close Facebook Malware Warning permanently in any of these cases, but if you find it impossible to do this, i.e. you see the notification opened on your screen again after some time, there is a huge possibility that an untrustworthy application is active on your computer. In most cases, scams are displayed by adware, but your case might be unique.

The main purpose of Facebook Malware Warning is to scare users and push them into taking a particular action. For example, it might be used to promote some kind of application, so you might, for example, be told that you must click the Download button and install software to continue using Facebook without limitation. Needless to say, applications promoted by fake warnings usually turn out to be malware. They might present you with tons of commercials or, for example, steal personal information directly from your computer. Also, specialists at pcthreat.com say that Facebook Malware Warning might be involved in phishing attacks. If you have clicked on a random link and found Facebook Malware Warning displayed to you, we can assure you that it is fake, especially if you are told that your “page will be lost forever and can not be restored” in case the message is ignored. You will be asked to confirm that the Facebook page belongs to you by entering your email or mobile phone, password, and birthday. Needless to say, it is a very bad idea to provide all these details because cyber criminals could access your account without difficulties with these details in their hands. It should be emphasized that there might be several versions of this scam – they might contain different messages. The most important thing is not to install software they promote and do not provide any personal information they ask.

If you do not find Facebook Malware Warning displayed on your screen again after you close your browser, you probably do not have any malicious application installed on your computer. Instead, you have clicked on a wrong link or entered an untrustworthy website. Unfortunately, the majority of users who find this scam displayed to them cannot get rid of it easily. They notice that it reappears even if they close it and do not click on any suspicious links/do not enter any dubious websites again. Are you one of them? If so, you must inspect all applications installed on your computer – the chances are high that you will discover untrustworthy software. As mentioned, such scams are usually directly associated with adware or other untrustworthy applications. Do not be so sure that you do not have that program installed on your PC – they are usually distributed in software bundles and thus are installed on users’ computers without their knowledge. This clearly shows the importance of installing new software carefully, but, sadly, it is usually not enough to prevent malware from entering the system. According to our security specialists, there must be a reputable security application installed on the computer to keep it malware-free too.

The periodic appearance of the fake Facebook Malware Warning on the screen indicates that there is an untrustworthy application you need to remove from your computer. If it is an adware program, you might be able to delete it like an ordinary program, i.e. through Control Panel, so check all listed programs first and then delete those you find suspicious. Also, you should scan the browser that displays Facebook Malware Warning to you to default settings. Please find the removal guide below the article if you have no idea how to do this.

How to remove Facebook Malware Warning

Delete all unknown/suspicious programs

Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Select the program you want to get rid of and then click the Remove button.

Windows 7/Vista/8/8.1/10

  1. Press Win+R on your keyboard.
  2. Type Control Panel in the box and click OK.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Select suspicious software.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Reset Internet Explorer/Mozilla Firefox/Google Chrome

Internet Explorer

  1. Double-click on the Internet Explorer shortcut to launch it.
  2. Press Alt+T.
  3. Click Internet Options.
  4. Open the Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. Put a tick in the Delete personal settings box.
  7. Click Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the button in the top-right corner.
  3. Click Help and select Troubleshooting information from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm the reset.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and press Alt+F simultaneously.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Locate the Reset button under Reset.
  6. Click it.
  7. Click Reset in the confirmation box.
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