Why Does My Facebook Redirect to Other Sites?

Facebook redirection issues should be diagnosed right away.
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As a social networking site that millions log onto daily, Facebook contains a lot of sensitive personal information. If your Facebook page is suddenly redirecting to other sites, it can be stressful, but it's important to stay calm, don't enter your password into any strange sites, and find out what's causing the redirection. If it's a virus, logging into a site you're redirected to could expose your account to a hacker.

1 Viruses or Malware

A virus or malware infection on your computer can cause sites like Facebook to redirect elsewhere in an attempt to steal personal information. Scanning your computer's hard drive with a reliable anti-malware software should be the first step if your Facebook page is redirecting.

2 Router Settings

Some routers are equipped with software to enable the administrator to block certain sites. If you're being redirected to an error or "Forbidden" notice, this may be the issue. In this case, you can check with the router administrator to see if any blocks have been placed on the router. If it's your own router, you can log into the router software to check for blocked sites, or use the factory reset button to restore the router's settings to default.

3 Browser Settings and Plugins

The browser can be set to block certain sites as well. Check your browser's settings to see if any parental controls have been set or sites blocked. Check the installed plugins and browser extensions as well for blocking features. Sometimes a malicious browser extension can be the source of the problem.

4 Facebook Downtime or Account Closure

If you're being redirected to an error page on Facebook, this usually means that Facebook is undergoing maintenance or a glitch, and you may need to wait for a few hours to regain access to your account. You'll also be redirected to an error page if your account has been closed or terminated due to abuse.

Amy Scott started writing professionally in 2008. She began writing human-interest articles while working at local news website SanFelipe.com.mx, which led to writing a how-to column for her local newspaper, "The San Felipe Newsletter." Scott is pursuing a degree in equine studies from the University of Guelph.