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Facebook Color Scheme Changer is a VIRUS!

Facebook Color Changer is a malware.
Samyak Lalit | August 12, 2014 (Last update: September 23, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Huh! yet another Facebook virus! Well, technically Facebook Color Changer is not a virus but it is very harmful nonetheless. You MUST NOT fall prey to messages that offer options to change the color scheme of your Facebook profile / account.

Facebook is and in all probability going to be blue in foreseeable future —better deal with it. If you try out malicious options, you can lose your FB account and other precious information as well.

Facebook Color Changer scam claims to change the color scheme of FB profile originated sometime in 2011 but the Facebook engineers said that they had fixed it. But the malware has been resurfacing every now and then. In last few weeks, the scam has again returned to haunt unsuspecting users. In recent attacks, over 10,000 accounts have been compromised.

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Facebook Color Changer is a malware.

Facebook Color Changer is a malware.

What exactly is Facebook Color Changer?

It is a malware (a malicious software program) that runs through Facebook servers. It spreads itself by stealing access tokens of FB users.

What does Facebook Color Changer offer to do?

The idea to lure FB user is based on the fact that FB website, mobile app and messenger are all based on a blue color scheme. This blue color scheme has never changed since the inception of the Facebook social network. The scam offers you a way to change the “boring” blue to some other color.

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Some people really seemed to have had enough of blue scheme and they want more vibrant colors like pink, orange, lemon etc. to don their FB account. These are the people who are most vulnerable and become victims of this scam.

What Does Facebook Color Changer Actually Do?

In short and crisp: it steals your FB account information.

The malware asks the FB users to download an app from a URL similar to the one given below:

Facebook Color Changer shows you a similar web address. DO NOT click on on such URLs.

Facebook Color Changer shows you a similar web address. DO NOT click on on such URLs.

If downloaded, this “app” redirects users to a phishing site where the app asks you to grant it access into your Facebook account. It tells you that once granted access, it will show a video tutorial on how to change the color scheme of your FB profile. As soon as you grants access —malware connects to your friend list and sends further notifications to spread itself.

What should you do?

You must not click on any link, email, FB message, FB notification that offers you to change the color of your FB profile.

  1. Remove the Color Changer app from your Facebook profile. (Go to Timeline > More > Apps and Games)
  2. If you’ve already done so, it is highly recommended that you immediately change password of your FB account.
  3. Tell all your friends on Facebook that they should not fall prey to such scams. A colorful Facebook, however fascinating it may sound, is not a possibility at present. There is no convenient (and official) way to change the blue-themed FB interface.
OK, I got it, it’s a malware! But does it change the color?

Oh come on !!!

There is NO official, risk-free and easy method to change Facebook profile’s color scheme. Period.


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