Facebook video virus: new malware that can affect your social network
Recently, we have received many questions regarding Facebook video virus. Computer users complain that they cannot stop this Facebook virus which monitors their Facebook profiles and continuously shares automatic wall posts including suspicious links. These posts are titled as “My private video,” “My first video,” or “Private video.” Virus tags about 20 friends in the post, attempting to draw other Facebook users’ attention. What is more, Facebook video virus sends malicious links directly to victim’s friends via private messages. It seems that this virus is unstoppable; the 2-spyware team has decided to take a closer look at this virus; we have investigated one computer that was infected with it and found out how it works.
Facebook video virus is related to malware, which monitors victim’s web browser. Although some researchers claim that all you need to do is to remove suspicious browser extensions from the web browser, such explanation is not precise enough. In fact, we have discovered that Facebook video malware shuts down the open browser tabs and opens a new window when the victim attempts to open “Extensions” settings. Obviously, this virus tries to prevent the user from deleting the malicious browser extension. We have discovered that the browser extension related to this virus was Ace Stream Web Extension. However, before you can remove this extension, you have to find and eliminate components related to this extension from your computer system. First of all, we recommend you to open Windows Task Manager (Control+Alt+Delete) and review all suspicious processes on the computer.
The computer that 2-spyware researchers have tested had an ace_engine.exe process running on it, which appeared to be responsible for browser’s malfunction when trying to access the “Extensions” panel. However, that is not the end; we have also discovered that there was Ace Stream Media 3.1.0 installed on the system, which was also related to Facebook video virus. After uninstalling this program and ending ace_engine.exe process, you can finally access browser settings and delete Ace Stream Web Extension from the Extensions section. We must say that this virus can be related to other programs and browser extensions since the official version of Ace Stream is NOT a malicious program. Cyber criminals often tend to corrupt legitimate programs by adding malicious components to them and spread them on the Internet. We also recommend you to review and delete all suspicious Facebook applications that you have recently given permissions to access your Facebook account.
We understand that these instructions might seem confusing. Besides, Facebook video virus could be related to other dangerous programs, and that is why we recommend using a powerful anti-malware software to remove Facebook video virus from your computer. We recommend using Reimage for that.
How does Facebook video virus spread?
“My private video” virus spreads so quickly because the majority of Facebook users fail to identify these posts and messages as deceptive and malicious content. You should NEVER click on posts or links that your Facebook friends send to you if you have even the slightest suspicion that your friend would not share such content on Facebook. Unfortunately, many computer users click on such content EXACTLY because they cannot believe that their friend has shared such post. Unfortunately, clicking on these malicious video links downloads malware into the computer that takes control over the victim’s Facebook account.
- To avoid Facebook video virus infiltration, you should not click on suspicious posts or links sent by your friends. If such content raises your suspicion, ask your friend whether he/she shared it by their choice.
- Another thing you should know is that videos shared on Facebook (no matter if they are uploaded directly to the site or if they are shared via Youtube) play after you click on them. If after clicking on a video you are redirected to some suspicious website that asks you to provide permission to access your Facebook timeline or to download an application to your computer, most likely that Facebook post contained a malicious link.
- You may also install Facebook video virus along with other free programs. We strongly recommend you to avoid downloading software from questionable file sharing websites, because you risk downloading a bundled software. Bundled software is basically a pack of programs, which includes one main program and several optional downloads that can be installed alongside the main program. These optional downloads usually appear to be dangerous applications, so it is advisable to opt them out. You can do that via Advanced/Custom installation settings.
Proceed to the next page for Facebook video virus removal instructions.
Facebook video virus removal instructions
On the first page, we have provided a brief explanation on how to remove Facebook video virus manually. However, you must know that this malware spreads with a help of other dangerous programs and computer viruses, and even removing all suspicious programs and browser extensions from your PC might not help to get rid of this Facebook virus. Therefore, 2-spyware experts recommend you to scan your computer with a powerful anti-spyware program to detect and eliminate all dangerous files and programs related to Facebook video malware. If the problem persists, please contact our support team for help. Good luck!