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’:
- Choose “Obliterate the following items from => the beginning of time”.
- Check on all the following:
- Clear browsing history
- Clear download history
- Delete cookies and other site and plug in data
- Empty the cache
- Clear saved Autofill form data
- Clear data from hosted apps
- Deauthorize content licenses
- 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.
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.