How Do I Fix My Facebook Account if I Have a Virus?

You will want to take action immediately if you believe your Facebook account has fallen victim to a virus. The first thing to do when you discover that you have a Facebook virus is to change your Facebook password. To do that, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.

  2. Click the gear icon on the blue bar and choose Settings.

    The General Settings page appears.

  3. Click the Edit link on the Password row.

    Three text boxes appear, labeled Current, New, and Re-type New.

  4. In the Current text box, type your current password.

  5. In the New text box, type a new password.

  6. In the Re-type New text box, type the new password again.

  7. Click the Save Changes button.

Now that you’ve changed your password, write a status update alerting your friends that you clicked a bad link and had a Facebook virus. Tell your friends not to click any links that appear to be from you — and refrain from posting links for a while so people don’t worry about which links are good or bad.

If you know specific people who received a viral link from you, head over to their Facebook timelines and delete the message if you can. Also tell them not to click the link.

Finally, check to be sure that the application carrying the virus isn’t lurking on your account. It’s probably not, but it’s best to be sure. Plus, now is a good time to clean out the apps you’re not using anymore.

To check the apps connected to your account, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.

  2. Click the gear icon on the blue bar and choose Settings.

    The General Settings page appears.

  3. In the left sidebar, click the Apps link.

    The Apps Settings page appears.

  4. Click the Edit link next to any apps you don’t remember installing or that you don’t use regularly.

    The app information expands to give a full overview of the app.

  5. Click the Remove App link.

    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  6. Click the Remove button.

    The app is now removed from your account.

If you don’t see an app that looks like it’s related to the virus, that’s okay. It may not be there. Changing your password is what really matters; checking for the app and removing it are just insurance.

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