Remove Ads Not by Facebook Virus on Timeline

A number of Facebook users have been seeing ads while using Facebook Timeline that are displayed with a message saying, “ads not by Facebook”.

It turns out that the third party advertisements are displayed via a third party extension installed on your Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome browser.

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I have not been able to find any information on the legality of these advertisements but one thing is for sure – they are intrusive and annoying!

The ads are generally in the form of banner advertisements that show up on Facebook Timeline profiles similar to the one in the image below provided by

Remove Ads Not By Facebook Timeline

Facebook has released a help video on removing malware from your Facebook Timeline profile but the video is rather broad and does not address this specific problem.

Depending on which browser you’re using, follow the instructions below to remove the “ads not by Facebook” appearing on your Facebook Timeline profile.

To remove the non-Facebook advertisements you need to access your browser’s extensions and disable any of them that look fishy.

If you see an extension that you didn’t install, disable it. If none of them look suspicious, you should sill disable them one-by-one and check Facebook after disabling each one to see if the advertisements have been removed.

Here are steps to access your extensions in each browser:

Note: After you disable the extensions, you must restart your browser for the changes to take effect.

Disable Extensions in Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the “Window” menu and then extensions.
  2. Disable and remove any suspicious extensions.
  3. Disable Extensions in Google Chrome

Disable Extensions in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on the “Tools” menu and then “Add-ons“.
  2. Disable and remove any suspicious add-ons or extensions extensions.
  3. Disable Extensions Add-ons Firefox

Disable Extensions in Apple Safari:

  1. Click on the “Safari” menu, “Preferences…” and then the “Extensions” tab.
  2. Disable and remove any fishy extensions extensions.
  3. Disable Extensions Safari

If you run in to any problems or have additional steps on removing the “ads not by Facebook” virus for Facebook Timeline, please let me know in the comments section below!

Anson Alexander

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22 Responses to "Remove Ads Not by Facebook Virus on Timeline"

  1. Sugeknight662 says:

    This really DOES work! I was beginning to get annoyed by all of the ads on my facebook. When I clicked on "extensions" in mozilla firefox, I noticed that there was a codec called "Premium Codec-C" by a company named Crossrider that was causing all of the problems. Once I clicked on disable, all of the ads magically disappeared.

  2. erikmaarten says:

    Works, thanks! I had to disable "Vid-Saver 1.17.19" from my Chrome extensions to get rid of the ads.

  3. Joe says:

    I don't have a menu bar in Chrome. Does that mean I don't have this virus?


  4. ZEELZ says:

    I used firefox, and I get the annoying ads too. I checked my extensions and saw only Mozilla TestPilot could this be the virus?

    1. Anson Alexander says:

      That could definitely be the virus. Try disabling the extension, restarting your browser and checking Facebook for ads.

      1. eMcE says:

        Yeap.. Alex, Check this out:
        Maybe this help someone?
        Eset Nod32 / Eset Smart Security and DrWEB remove this infection.

  5. Mike says:

    Thank you so much. I 've fixed mine. I never had the idea that the problem I was having was from my browser. When I accessed Youtube, I was also seeing nonsense ads all over. You 've saved me a lot.

  6. maggie says:

    i dont have google i use just explorer and my facebook timeline is getting bogged down with ads not by facebook..any ideas to remove please

    1. Anson Alexander says:


      It doesn't matter what internet browser you are using. You need to check your extensions and / or plugins and disable any of them that you don't know what they're for.

  7. Lina says:

    Removed Bflix from Mozilla, all annoying ads from FB and YouTube vanished. What a relief :) Thank you so much!

  8. barbara says:

    I have disabled everything and the ads are still there

  9. Nics says:

    Brilliant – it was Codec V, very sudden that it started generating adverts, but deleting it works. Just so you know, just 'disabling' didn't work. It had to come off completely.

  10. DJ says:

    Thanks this was it right here!

  11. Rob says:

    I just saw my first 'sponsored ad' from Telstra who is actually my mobile ph provider.
    I use the Facebook app so there are no browser addons. And I don't have any apps installed.
    And when I use different browsers on iPad and desktop ads are still there.
    Do you have any further ideas to stop them?

  12. Deena says:

    What are instructions to remove ads if you use Internet Explorer?

  13. stephanie says:

    Thank u remove from Firefox

  14. yvette says:

    thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. yvette says:

    thank you~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Lynda says:

    This is the only one left on my 'extensions'.. & it will not allow me to remove at all! I really want these 'adds not by facebook' to be gone! Any ideas how I can get rid of the following & would it be the extension that is placing these adds on everything?

    Deal Boat 1.23.62
    Deal Boat Permissions
    ID: bjbkkpfgfjlcicclmfakhipaaoifgeno
    (This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled.)
    Inspect views: background.html

    Many thanks for any help : )

  17. britney says:

    what if it says.. This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled? It wont let me disable

    1. Anson Alexander says:


      I found these steps that should solve your situation:

      Do this by these steps:
      Control Panel > Folder Options > View > "Hidden Files and Folders" > Select "Show Hidden Files and Folders > Apply
      Now follow these steps:

      Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Users > (Whatever user you are on your computer) > AppData > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data > Default > Extensions

      You should see the folder with the name of the extension you want to get rid of. Completely delete that folder, and I'd also recommend going into the recycle bin and deleting it from there too. This completely got rid of the extension for me.

      If you're on a Mac, let me know and I can adjust them for Mac computers.

  18. zeinab says:

    Tnx :))

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