Facebook ads may be rogue

I’m always looking for stories, and told my producer recently about these ads appearing on my Facebook page. Some are borderline pornographic — they are woman in bikinis who want to chat. Who knows what that will lead to if you actually click on it. My producer looked at me kind of odd and told me she doesn’t have these ads all over her page. Then, I realized they weren’t on my Facebook page when I log in at work either. It got me thinking – what are these ads? I found it’s a problem many Facebook users are experiencing, but it’s easy to fix.

Facebook has a help page dedicated to this issue known as adware. The social media site says it likely happened when you clicked on a post with a headline like — click here to see who viewed your profile. If you click on the post, you end up with software installed on your computer that forces it to run slowly, compromises security, and may cause unwanted ads. I can assure you I’ve never clicked on posts like that, but I still ended up with adware. So, be aware.

You know these ads are not legitimate because Facebook ads will never appear as banners in the center, top or left columns. Ads in those locations are indicative of a problem.

If you downloaded the program or just have it on your account, it’s easy to clean up your account.

To get rid of these programs, you need to get into the extensions folder and check the plug-ins. In Mozilla Firefox, go to Tools, Add-ons, and then Extensions.  In Google Chrome, go to Window and then Extensions. If you use Internet Explorer 8, go to Tools, Manage Add-ons, and then Toolbars and Extensions. Sure enough, we followed these instructions and found a rogue plug-in.

Plus, clean your cache before you launch your browser and visit the site again to clear out any rogue programs.

It takes just a few minutes, and will enable you to browse Facebook again without being bothered by annoying ads and putting your security at risk.

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  1. In Firefox, go to Tools > Options > Security, check the box that says warn when sites try to install add-ons. Also Windows can be set to notify and ask permission from the user before any changes to any software are made.


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