Greetings if you are new here, welcome my name is DannyQuest I am an activist, and a citizen journalist that focuses on revealing the many innate truths that are hidden all around us. I try to shine light on the lies that the history books have indoctrinated into our minds and expose the unseen forces that covertly dominate and control our daily lives.
I am not the only one that does this, there are many of us, w like to call ourselves truthers, and for obvious reasons the mainstream establishment does not like us very much. The info-war has seen plenty of twists and turns over the years, but recently it has become more apparent that the powers that be are taking precautionary measures to attempt to limit the type of exposure that we truthers are able to get. Facebook is a major player in the information arena and has repeatedly shown that they are taking the side of the established order. One of the ways which they can limit an activist reach is by banning or prohibiting access to their accounts, either for undefined “violation of terms”, unsubstantiated copyright claims, and undefined security measures.
Today I was subject to the latter. I was blocked from logging onto Facebook over claims that I have “malware” and requiring that I must install a program and allow it to scan all my computers files, before I will be given access to my account. Facebook apparently blocked from logging in because they want me to download their “Malicious Software search program“.
After running a system cleaning on my computer I went to log back into my account and I received a notification which reads:
“Let’s Check Your Device for Malicious Software
Hi Danny, we’re continuously working to keep your account secure. We’ve noticed that this device may be infected with malicious software. To continue to use Facebook, you can either use other devices or clean this device by downloading the scanner provided by Facebook and ESET.”
It says I may use my own antivirus which I did but they do not leave you an option to decline their offer and to tell them that you have your own. To me this seems awful like a ransom / spyware attack. It’s almost exactly the same as browser locking and requesting a ransom, or saying the person needs to purchase an antivirus (even if they already have one). Is Facebook scamming their users and attempting to “scan” computers for even more information; far above and beyond the massive amounts of meta data they are already getting from us in our daily posts and surfing history ?
I was at first concerned that I did potentially have malware in my system but after I cleared my cache, cookies, flushed the DNS, removed any unnecessary tool bars and browser addons. I ran windows defender, Adwcleaner, and Norton antivirus, found nothing. I was thinking that this could be a false positive because of my VPN so I switched off my proxy and still was not given access to my account. Which ultimately brings up the question of how else would Facebook determine that my system had some type of malware without having access to my system files? Notice there have also been a considerable amount of large scale ransom-wear and cyber attacks, though even the most simple antivirus programs are able to identify and fix these high level malignant products.
This whole business of installing a piece of 3rd party software and giving it access to my entire system just does not seem right. I mean an organisation like Facebook wouldn’t on behest of, or with collusion with others force people to load encrypted software onto their computer for purposes other than what is stated right ?
I discovered something suspicious when I attempted to share a post to my account using my phone instead and Facebook is still claiming that there is malware there, too. Knowing that this is impossible, it is my opinion that Facebook’s use of it’s “Let’s Check Your Device for Malicious Software” pop-up (attached) has nothing to do with “malicious software” as it claims, but rather, it is a means of gaining access to the computing devices and personal information of people it has, for whatever reason, deemed worthy of added investigations. I further base this conclusion on the process of systematic elimination, as described below:
- I run several anti-virus/malware programs on my computer, including Norton Security and Norton’s recommended Malware-bytes. The only problem any of them found was a low-threat undesirable which I fixed before reattempting my Facebook login, still to no joy — same “malicious software” error message.
- I next attempted to login to Facebook using other browsers, including Firefox and Opera. same “malicious software” error message.
- I flushed the cache of all browsers, system-wide, and attempted to log in using a different local machine user account on my computer (same FB user account): same “malicious software” error message.
CONCLUSION 1: This issue has nothing to do with any specific browser.
4. I moved to a backup computer, one I haven’t used in about three months. Result: same “malicious software” error message.
CONCLUSION 2: This issue has nothing to do with my computer.
5. I hiked over to the library, and asked a friend to login to their Facebook account using one of the library’s machines. No problem. After they logged out, I tried logging in using my Facebook account. Result: same “malicious software” error message.
CONCLUSION 3: This issue has nothing to do with my IP address, but may have to do with my account.
6. I repeated Step 5 using a friend’s computer. He could access Facebook, but I could not. After I logged out, he was able to log back in without a problem.
CONCLUSION 4: This issue not only has nothing to do with either any machine or any browser, but is definitely associated with my FB user account.
I am now in the process of slowly removing my business completely from Facebook as a result of this. I do believe that Facebook is indeed creating a false premise upon which it can gain almost full access to users computers data. I would hate to think that any of the four antivirus/malware products with which Facebook has partnered (Kaspersky, ESET, TrendMicro, F-Secure) would actually be complicit in such an affair, but given the observations and test results as stated above, along with Facebook’s history of unwanted political meddling, it is entirely reasonable to put forth the notion that this is indeed something Facebook is doing. It seems that at the very least Facebook is getting some revenue from ESET. I have a huge problem with this, that the only way for me to access Facebook at this point is to allow them to scan my computer’s entire infrastructure, during which time they could easily record the contents of the hard drive – a definite problem with respect to privacy and security, and further this could even give them the ability to actually place files on your hard drive during that process, or to remotely access files and devices like microphones and webcams. Being as they are already demanding that you download copy-written third party program which you have no access to or understanding of the propensity for misuse and the implications are tremendous.
I have complete confidence that the active & up-to-date Norton Security software that I paid for can and would detect the the virus that Facebook notified me existed, if it actually did. In fact, I implore Norton to look into this and find out what in the world Facebook is claiming to exist and work with them and their four partners in order to identify and eliminate this supposed “malicious software” threat that they claim is on my computer, but which I have clearly and incontrovertibly proven to not be present.
In the meantime, I am also writing an article for Reddit, and filing a formal report with the better business bureau [ ID #12237323] and I am sending an email to my states congressman requesting that he open a congressional investigation into Facebook’s latest deceptive privacy violating practice.