This video is yours? virus removal guide
What is "This video is yours?"?
"This video is yours?" (also known as "You are in this video?" and "This is your video?") is a very popular scam model used in the Facebook social network. Cyber criminals send hundreds of messages to random users. Messages contain links to various malicious websites together with the "This video is yours?" message. This is done to trick unsuspecting users into clicking dubious links. Since there are three variants of the "This video is yours?" scam, the outcome of clicking these links is not always the same.
|Name||"This Video Is Yours" Facebook scam|
|Threat Type||Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware|
|Detection Names (setup.exe)
||Avast (Win32:OnLineGames-AB [Trj]), BitDefender (Trojan.Crypt.Delf.AF), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/PSW.Lineage.AJP), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)|
||Be aware that information within anti-virus databases constantly changes, meaning that IDP.Generic detection name may change as well. For this reason, files detected as IDP.Generic may be detected under a different threat name (and vice versa) after database update.|
|Symptoms||Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.|
|Damage||Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
"This video is yours?" shares many similarities with another popular malware distribution method - email spam campaigns. For example, FedEx Package, Sage Invoice, You Have A Santander Secure, HM Revenue & Customs Outstanding Amount, and many others. Cyber criminals send thousands of emails that contain deceptive messages encouraging users to open attached files. The problem is that the attachments are malicious - once opened, they download and install malware. Most distributed viruses are trojans and ransomware.
How did "This video is yours?" infect my computer?
As mentioned above, "This video is yours?" scam model is used to proliferate malware. The entire process is quite simple - users are redirected to a deceptive website that displays a fake video player. Once the "Play" button is clicked, a malicious script is immediately executed. This script downloads and installs malware onto the victim's computer. The main reasons for computer infections are lack of knowledge and careless behavior - many users are likely to click advertisements, links, and download/open random files without understanding the possible consequences.
How to avoid installation of malware?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet. If you have received the "This video is yours?", and other similar messages, from your 'friends' (whether on Facebook, Twitter, email, or others), ask them for confirmation that the links/attached files are legitimate. Until then, do not click or download anything. If the message has been received from an unrecognizable/suspicious account/email address, it should be ignored and deleted immediately. Having a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also paramount. For additional information about malware, we recommend reading our "Common Types of Computer Infections" article. If you have recently clicked on the "This video is yours?" link, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
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- What is This video is yours??
- STEP 1. Manual removal of This video is yours? malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.