How to Clean up a Facebook Virus

February 9, 2014

There are a lot of malicious elements in and around the net. These people would like nothing more than to hack into your Facebook account and put viruses in it for whatever malicious purpose they have. And if you have a facebook account, you definitely would want it to be free from viruses. But what can you do to protect yourself and to clean the account if a virus has already compromised it? Here are some simple steps you can do.

Change your password

If you suspect your account has been compromised, it's a good idea to immediately change your password. This will make it tougher for any other virus to enter your account.

If you've logged in via a mobile device, that you are no longer logged in.

Double checking to see that you are completely out of the Facebook system is essential: make sure you can physically see the confirmation screen! If the confirm screen is not on, anyone one is able to log into your Facebook account freely.

If changing the password doesn't solve the problem..

If you've changed the password and you're still getting suspicious email you may have a virus on your system that has accessed your account. Do these steps to clean your system. It may take an hour or so but follow the steps in this order to hopefully get rid of the virus:

Find the settings under the menu, then click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’:

  1. Choose “Obliterate the following items from => the beginning of time”.
  2. Check on all the following:
  3. Clear browsing history
  4. Clear download history
  5. Delete cookies and other site and plug in data
  6. Empty the cache
  7. Clear saved Autofill form data 
  8. Clear data from hosted apps
  9. Deauthorize content licenses
  10. Then click on Clear browsing data at the bottom right of the screen.

Afterwards clear out all the browsing data you’ve accumulated: cache, browsing and download history, cookies and saved Autofill form, the whole nine-yard. You must delete all items.

Go to http://us.norton.com/support/DIY/

Click start which is under the virus protection column. Install the activex controls and run the scan. This could take 45 minutes or an hour. Copy/paste all the names of the viruses found then manually delete them. Afterwards, restart or reset your computer.

(official site: www.ccleaner.com) is a tool that can help you: go download it then install it on your system. If you're not particular with this brand, there are numerous other software like this you can download to clean your computer of any other viruses.

After all this is done change the password again.

If you have done all this and the problem remains, go back to the day you believe the virus appeared and do a system restore to one of the checkpoints before the suspicious date. In XP go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/ then System Restore. In Vista click the start button then in the Start search box type the word system and the system restore option should appear in the search list.

Facebook Security Tips To Make Your Facebook Account Safer

February 9, 2014

Facebook is an ever-expanding social network that is gaining more and more users everyday. However, with a growing social network also comes many challenges, such as security. It is safe to say that every user of Facebook is concerned about keeping their account secure, so here are a few tips.

Probably the most important tip is to pick a strong password. It is recommended by the social network Facebook to pick a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks. This helps to keep an account safe from potential hackers.

Another fantastic tip is to make sure the email account linked to a Facebook account is secure. This keeps hackers from gaining access to a Facebook account linked to an email account.

The next tip provided from Facebook is to log out the social network on a shared computer. This keeps other users from gaining access to an account that might have accidentally been left open.

 

It is also recommended to run an anti-virus software on the computer where a user primarily runs Facebook. This keeps the computer safe from any phishing malware that a user might accidentally access while browsing Facebook.

Another tip from Facebook is to take advantage of their extra security features. This means knowing what an active session is and how to end an active session on an account. Also included in these extra security features is the ability to use app passwords. Next on the list are login approvals, login codes, code generators, login notifications, recognized devices, and one-time passwords.

Perhaps the biggest tip to keep an account secure is to have common sense when clicking around. Be leery of strange-looking links posted to someone’s wall, especially external links to videos. When in doubt, don’t click.

Never give out login info to a Facebook account, such as an email address or password. This is important to remember even if another user promises something, such as important information for a Facebook game.

Be leery of entering passwords on Facebook. If a user is asked to enter a password, it is important to ensure that facebook.com/ is still included in the URL. If it is not, it’s probably a third-party phishing website posing as Facebook. Only log in at www.facebook.com.

Another suggestion is to keep a computer browser updated. Newer versions of browsers have updated security protections. For example, Google Chrome usually warns the user if they are about to enter a phishing site. Keeping an updated browser also keeps the user safe.

Perhaps the most important tip to keep in mind while using Facebook is to use common sense. If someone that is not a friend messages claiming to be in need of money, do not respond. Be leery of clicking on external links. Never give out password or email information. Be careful when accepting friend requests from someone that is not known in real life. Even though Facebook is getting larger every day, these small simple tips will help keep a user safe on this social network.