Monday, November 7, 2011

Is Yahoo spamming your facebook wall with links to the articles you've read?

Yahoo recently rolled out a bit of malware that spams your Facebook wall with every damn story you read on yahoo news. If it were a Russian hacker pulling this stunt law enforcement would get involved, but because it's Yahoo you just get to be annoyed. You can't even disable this spam for within the Facebook interface. Like all malware vendors, Yahoo has tried to obfuscate how to remove their garbage.

Here's how to turn it the hell off.

  1. Log into Facebook.
  2. Go to
  3. Look at the right hand edge of the page. You'll see a section titled "You on Yahoo News". If you don't see it go back to Facebook and follow one of the spam links the bastard posted to your wall.
  4. Click the arrow next to "Social" and set your status to "Off."
  5. Click the arrow next to "Your Activity" and delete all of the articles that show up in the listing.
  6. Click on "Options" and select "Remove this Experience."
  7. The whiny little b**ch will ask you to confirm that you want to remove it. Click "Remove" again.
  8. Next, use a text editor to open C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\ETC\hosts
  9. Add the following line to the bottom of the file and save the changes:
Repeat those last two steps on every Windows computer you encounter.
Finally, the next time you click a link to a news story on Facebook, and you get told that you need to allow the web site hosting the story some kind of access to your Facebook profile to continue, close the page and move on with life.

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