Facebook users beware of Facemoods

By | April 22, 2011
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Attention Facebook users! A new wonderful company that is following the success of the company that infected your computer with SmileyCentral, Webfetti and a myriad of other spyware/adware programs – has introduced  new scumware program aimed at Facebook users.

The name of this new scumware? Facemoods. How cute. Facemoods is free but its effects on your computer could be costly – in repair bills as well your privacy.

Like all other scumware programs, Facemoods offers you free emoticons you can use on Facebook. But like with all other sneaky software it installs a mysterious search toolbar which is a search engine and start page hijacker). While the program is ostensibly free, If you uninstall the search toolbar none of the other programs will work. Why? Here’s why.

The search toolbar it installs will hijack your current search engine and inject advertisments in all your searches – regardless of whether you choose to use Google, Bing, Yahoo or any of the other major search engines. That’s bad enough, but the garbage toolbar that this company installs makes the advertisements appear to be legitimate search engine results and places them at the top of your search results making it more likely that you’ll click one of these disguised advertisements.

Not only is this scumbag company’s software ruining your computer – but it’s stealing from those who pay to advertise with them. Since the company gets paid by the click (CPC) they get paid every time you accidently click on one of these disguised advertisements. It’s morally and ethically wrong to you and to the advertiser – yet this company is supported by users who download their “free” scumware. In other words they’re making money from you. They figure if you use their software free then they have the right to steal information from your computer, hijack your start page and your chosen search engine.

But if that’s not enough reason for you to avoid Facemoods – and SmileyCentral and all the other similar garbage – their scumware puts a hit on your computer; it will sap your computer’s RAM and slowdown your computer. And when you install this software (and I really hate to use that term for this junk) on your computer you give them the right to install “upgrades” whenever they are available. What this means is that you’ve given them the right to install any new scumware program they want to install on your computer – disguised as an “upgrade”. As you can imagine, after a time, you’re going to start having problems. It is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back sort of thing.

You can’t get rid of all the junk this program installs by simply going to Control Panel (although they say you can) and removing each program. If you do that you’ll leave behind a lot of pieces of this scumware –  possibly including the spy apparatus it installs to track your web browsing and the links you click on.

So Facemoods is another scumware program from yet another of scumware company. The search toolbar it installs will inject all sorts of advertising in your search results disguised as real search results. The toolbar will also use your computer as a billboard displaying random ads in various locations. It will also hijack your preferred search engine and your browser’s start page – and replace them with its search engine and its start page – so they can extract more dollars from you by showing you….MORE ADVERTISING. Advertising based on information this scumware collected from you – and your computer. As long as this scumware is installed you can’t get rid of its tracking features or the injection of ads into your search results and on your computer – and you can’t get away from its spyware attritubes which track you wherever you go on the web. Facemoods is not good for you or for your computer and it could cost you your privacy and even money if you have to pay someone to fix your computer. The longer you leave it on your computer the more likely it is you will start having serious problems with your computer.

Facemoods is owned by Volonet – an Internet company based in Israel. You wouldn’t know that unless you wanted to dig deep and do some detective work.  They aren’t very proud of their company – gee, we wonder why. Their company name appears nowhere on the Facemood’s site that we could find; nor does it appear on their privacy policy, “About us” page, or on their contact page. Are they ashamed to be associated with Facemoods?  Or do they want to appear to be a legitimate company and distance themselves from this product. We’re betting on both. If they’re proud of Facemoods why the secrecy? Maybe they don’t want their corporate name sullied by their own scumware product. But your guess is as good as ours.

“Volonet Is (sic) an Internet Company founded in 2008. We Develop, design, and market http://facemoods.com which is a highly engaging, fun, and viral software that adds rich content to social networks communication channels.” (From their LinkedIn page.)

According to Volonet’s Facemoods “Terms of Use”:

“…Permission to Utilize
In order to receive the benefits provided by the Facemoods Software, you hereby grant permission for the Facemoods Software to (i) utilize the processor and bandwidth of your computer, only in order to provide you with the Services (ii) use your Instant Web based messengers’s identification that you have submitted to your instant web based messengers provider in order to login to Facemoods and receive the Facemoods Services for Instant Web based messengers…”
“…We may display advertisements in various places such as the facemoods product or on the toolbar…”

Don’t fall for Facemoods – no matter how “cute” you think they are. Facemoods is bad, bad medicine – don’t let yourself be tricked into downloading it or any of the other scumware that promises you everything for nothing. It’s free only if you’re willing to risk your personal privacy and the performance of your computer.

6 thoughts on “Facebook users beware of Facemoods

  1. Lloyd Newth

    Thanks so much for thoughts re Facemoods. I’ve been trying to get rid of it. Have NOT downloaded it but it appears on my browsers start pages and have not been able to find a way to remove it. Have gone to Firefox “addons” to try to cancel it and remove it unsuccessfully. Have gone to Facemoods website and followed their instructions but they don’t work. It’s on all three of my browsers — Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. As you say it’s one of those stinkers and it would be much appreciated if you could advise as to how to remedy the problem.

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      1. Michael Owens

        Just to add, this worked for me on Google Chrome, and I was able to search without that stupid toolbar and through the search engine of my choice.

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      2. infoave Post author

        This blog is afraid of calling Facemoods what it is – a browser and search engine highjacker that can have deleterious affects on our browser and your computer. Instead of being afraid of getting sued, people should call a spade a spade. Facemoods isn’t something anyone concerned about spyware/adware would have on their computers. Facemoods isn’t spending millions on advertising to give something away free without making money from every computer it’s installed on. It’s badware – it’s bad news. It’s too bad this blog can’t tell the truth because they’re afraid of being sued. And the fact that no major antivirus recognizes it? Clever. We don’t think it’s a virus either. Several antispyware programs recognize it – including SUPERAntiSpyware. No wonder people get confused.

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  2. mark

    try perfect uninstaler. it deletes completely and anything linked to it and it does it even is there is blocks keys admin or something stoping you from doing so. it delets it for good so recovery is very hard so watch what you uninstal.

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  3. Gary Olejniczak

    Volonet offered free Office Works software but you had to take RingtoneJunkiez Desktop with it, all of which they said was “uninstallable”. The free “Office” download failed and you are stuck with the Ringtonejunkiez download, when you try to uninstall it, Volonet blocks you and then asks for permission to upgrade their software.
    Kaspersky, Malwarebytes and Spybot S&D does not recognize it to be “malware” but any software you can not uninstall or delete should be consider so.

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