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Remove FriendsChecker,Get Rid of Facebook Virus

Published on December 16, 2013

Overview of FriendsChecker

FriendsChecker is a specific diminutive application embedded on Facebook, which can be applied to frequently-used browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. FriendsChecker developed at www.friendschecker.com, is promoted to help users check current situation of their friends on Facebook, including the list of current Facebook friends, list of new friends and list of lost friends and lost friends history. It seems that FriendsChecker acts as a convenient and recreational application for Facebook users. However, FriendsChecker do meddle with Internet users by constantly reporting “Who unfriended you!” every 15 minutes, which has been recognized as a negative program belongs to the category of Facebook virus.

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A Facebook virus can typically infects target system when users visit Facebook social network as a computer parasite infection. Certainly FriendsChecker program can be installed onto computer artificially, which users can choose to Permit or Reject. Nonetheless, FriendsChecker virus may permeate onto a computer without any permission or knowledge. Most commonly FriendsChecker application from Facebook virus are being spread using exploit kits which has the capability to infiltrate with the aid of found security vulnerabilities. Internet users may also get FriendsChecker application installed on Facebook automatically through downloading pirated or illegally acquired software online.

Upon its installation, FriendsChecker may be used by cyber criminals to generate web traffic through showing a variety of arbitrary pop-up advertisements on compromised computer. When users open a new link or tab, FriendsChecker may redirect to random websites which may contain adults or commercial materials. The other representative attribute of FriendsChecker could be the hack on user’s online information especially Facebook’s account. Therefore, the confidential data of users could be revealed to public out of expectation. In addition, FriendsChecker application may be utilized by other system malware to excavate security loopholes to drop and execute additional threats, which may contain Browser Hijack virus, Trojan, Keyloggers or ransomware infection.

Note: Manual removal refers to key parts of computer system. Any error step may lead to system crash. VilmaTech Online Tech Expert is recommended to help you remove the FriendsChecker virus if you don’t have sufficient expertise in dealing with the removal.

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Remove FriendsChecker from Control Panel

Windows 7:

a. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

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b. In Large or Small icon view, click Programs and Features. If you’re using Category view, under “Programs”, click Uninstall a program.

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c. Select FriendsChecker from the list of programs, and click Uninstall. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Windows Vista:

a. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

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b. In Classic View, double-click Programs and Features. In Control Panel Home view, under “Programs”, click Uninstall a program.

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c. Select FriendsChecker from the program list, and click Uninstall. Alternatively, right-click the program and select Uninstall.

Windows XP:

a. From the Start menu, select Control Panel.

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b. Click the Add or Remove Programs icon.

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c. Select FriendsChecker from the list of programs and click Remove.

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Windows 8:

a. Access Start Menu by pressing the Windows Key

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b. Click Uninstall on the toolbar that appears at the bottom of the screen.

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c. The Programs and Features window will open.

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d. Highlight FriendsChecker, and then press Uninstall.

Remove FriendsChecker from Extensions

Google Chrome:

a. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools > Extensions.

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b. Click on the trashcan icon and remove the extensions that might be causing FriendsChecker. Basically, remove all extensions that you didn’t install. It’s perfectly OK to remove all extensions since by default Google Chrome comes without any extensions.

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Mozilla Firefox:

a. Go to Tools >Add-ons.

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b. Select Extensions. Remove all extensions that you didn’t install. Please note, by default Firefox comes without any extensions.

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Internet Explorer:

a. Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

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b. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Remove all add-ons that you didn’t install or you believe may cause those annoying pop-ups to show up.

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*After that, you should delete FriendsChecker from your computer. And you will need to remove all its leftover and registry files for good.

1. The processes belonging to FriendsChecker added to your Task Manager and needed to stop:

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2. You will need to remove the following associated registry entries to FriendsChecker:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM].exe”

3. The files created by FriendsChecker are required to be deleted in your Local Disk which stores your operating system information:

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%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\*.*

Conclusion:

Though FriendsChecker seems to be a standard application for Internet users, which provides the convenient service to entertain users. However, due to its negative properties, FriendsChecker has been recognized as a Facebook virus for computer users. Numerous computer users attempts to delete FriendsChecker with their installed antivirus programs. However, they may fail to pick up any traces of FriendsChecker. Meanwhile, the FriendsChecker do not offer the built-in removal function for users to get rid of its components completely. In this case, the helpful manual removal is suggested for users to erase all its process, DLL files and registry files. Anyhow, we should notice that even if manual removal is known as the most effective way, it has high risk during the operation as it refers to key parts of computer system, so manual removal of FriendsChecker is recommended only for advanced users. If you have not sufficient expertise on doing that, you may face risk of damaging the computer. In this circumstance, asking help from VilmaTech 24/7 Online Computer Experts to manually remove the virus for you will be a nice choice.

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