Most important things to know about Facebook video virus
Facebook video virus is a malicious program that compromises victim's social network account to send spam messages to his friends. Computer users complain that they cannot stop this Facebook virus which monitors their Facebook profiles and continuously shares automatic wall posts including suspicious links.
The virus automatically shares new posts that 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 FB applications that you have recently given permissions to access your Facebook account.
We understand that these instructions might seem confusing. Besides, the 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.
Facebook Messenger Video virus is on a rise again – first victims spotted in North Wales
Recently, cybersecurity experts received reports from people living in North Wales who claimed that a Facebook virus sends messages to their friends automatically. The message is a part of a simple social engineering attack that sparks victim's interest to click on the video link included in the suspicious message.
The Facebook Messenger Video virus compromises victim's account and then targets people from one's friend list. Before sending the message, the virus grabs target's profile picture and generates a link that displays this profile picture as the presentational photo of the video. Clearly, such trick triggers victim's curiosity and lures him/her to click on the link. Who knows what kind of video it is?
When affected by such simple social engineering trick, the victim tends to think about the worst case possible and starts thinking about all videos he/she wouldn't want to go public. However, in reality, there is no video behind the link. The shady URL points the user to a phishing website that looks like YouTube. The only difference is that the genuine video sharing platform never asks to download suspicious files.
Once the victim steps into the phishing website, it asks to download and open a particular file. If the victim fails to identify a scam and follows the instructions, he/she gets infected, too. The virus the follows its usual routine and attacks new targets from victim's friends list by sending them these fake video URLs.
Keep in mind that these files can be extremely dangerous and function as malware downloaders. Besides, they infringe victim's privacy, therefore should be avoided at all costs. In case Facebook spam messages virus already compromised your social network account, you must run a system scan with anti-malware software to delete it from your system.
The video virus spreads with a help of curious users
“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 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 this social network (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.
Facebook video virus removal instructions
To remove Facebook video virus manually, you need to find all files you installed recently and delete the suspicious ones. However, the virus might hide under different names, therefore it can be hard to identify it. Therefore, we usually recommend performing a thorough system scan using anti-malware software to delete files and programs related to the virus.
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 complete Facebook video virus removal.
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!