Facebook Messenger virus is a computer infection that is caused by phishing messages sent from a hijacked Facebook account. In other words, the owner of the account had it compromised, which resulted in hackers taking over it and sending malicious spam messages to everybody in the victim’s Facebook contact list – attachment spam is generated on a particular schedule (once or twice a day).
Although Messenger virus has been doing the rounds of Facebook for years, it seems that it’s on the rise again. Recently, the National Agency for Computer Security and numerous other organizations alerted Internet users about new cases of a Messenger virus and urged them to delete any suspicious messages immediately.
Facebook Messenger virus
- A profile picture
- The name of the recipient
- An active link
It just to remind you all guys that the only way to protect your PC, Facebook account and personal details are not to click suspicious links sent from your friends, colleagues or family members. If you suspect that the content of the message seems suspicious, you should ask your friend if this link or file is safe to open.
Keep in mind that cybercriminals tend to reply to victims. However, if you know the person, it won’t be hard to identify that you are talking with a different person. Otherwise, you should ask yourself if a person you haven’t spoken in years wants to share a video or picture with you. Most likely not.
Step to remove virus
Another important Facebook Messenger virus removal step is to change your password. If hackers took over your account, they might get credentials to email, bank, and other accounts. Thus, to protect your privacy, you should set a strong password. Keep in mind that good password:
- At least 12 characters long;
- Contain numbers;
- Has the capital and lower-case letters;
- Has symbols (if allowed);
- Does not have your name, surname and other personal information included;
- Is not a dictionary word.
Nevertheless, virus on Facebook seems like spam; you should still check your computer’s state. Scanning computer with an anti-malware program is especially recommended for all you guys