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Facebook - Remove a Virus

Read this note to understand 3 simple steps to remove any virus from your Facebook account.

virus free zone billboardSome of my Facebook friends (maybe you!) have, unfortunately, and unknowingly, caught viruses in their Facebook accounts. As a result, I get spam messages that I know weren't sent from my friends.

Examples of virus spam messages... 

Hey, was this you in the video? [link to virus website]

do me a favor and just click on this link [link to virus website]

...and many other variations!

Here's how to remove your Facebook virus...

If you suspect you might have a Facebook virus, here are the steps to take.

1. First, you should change your Facebook password.
You can do it here:

If you can't reset the password on your account because the email address you use to log in has been changed, or if your account has been disabled, contact the Facebook team here:

2. Secondly, you should remove any Facebook applications you don't recognize, or don't use often.

Click here:

On that list, you'll see an "X" next to each application. Click the "X" next to any application you don't recognize or don't use on a regular basis. Sometimes you'll see a pop-up box and you'll have to click Remove.

Err on the side of removing MORE applications rather than fewer. In the future when you actually need to use a legitimate Facebook application you accidentally removed, you'll be prompted to "allow" its use on your account again, so you should be fine. 

So go ahead and remove ALL applications you don't use on a regular basis!

3. Do a quick "online security" scan here:

That's it!

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Ever received a spam (virus) message from a Facebook friend? Here's how they can remove their virus:

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:Facebook Remove a Virus help   Doc ID:80421
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-02-23 12:48 MSTUpdated:2018-06-06 10:26 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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