FIX: Facebook won’t let me post anything from my PC
Even after numerous controversies, Facebook is still the leading social network with 2.2 billion active monthly users. And if we exclude mobile devices, it always was rather stable on PCs, even after numerous aesthetic and functional changes. But, a moderate number of users occasionally experience some problems. Now, there are some minor issues and major crippling issues. The one we’ll try to address today is in the second category, as users are unable to post anything or interact with their feed from a PC.
Can’t post anything on Facebook from a PC? Here’s what to do
- Make sure you’re not banned
- Clear browser’s cache
- Remove extensions
- Scan for malware and run anti-PuP tool
- Reset the app
1: Make sure you’re not banned
Facebook regulations are harsh occasionally. With that in mind, the penalty for spamming your profile can come in a limitation of posts. However, if this is indeed the case, you should know it as Facebook informs all users who cross the predicated boundaries. So, we suggest logging out of all devices and logging in again.
- READ ALSO: How to unblock Facebook with these 3 tools
After you log in, there should be a viable information about your potential wrongdoings. You can file a complaint to Facebook, and if that’s your first ban, chances are they’ll reduce the ban length or terms. But, chances are that there’s more to this issue than a spammy behavior.
2: Clear browser’s cache
Browser issues are more likely causing the problem at hand. The piled up cache and temporary files might’ve been the reason why Facebook (or any other site, for that matter) won’t work as intended. The aforementioned data should speed up the browser, but that’s hardly the case over the extended period of time.
So, before we move to alternative steps, let’s try and clear the cache from a browser. Here’s how to do it for 3 major browsers:
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
- Press Shift + Ctrl + Delete to open the “Clear browsing data” menu.
- Select “All time” as the preferred time range.
- Delete ‘Cookies’, ‘Cached Images and Files‘, and other site data. Focus on Cookies, as deleting those is of the utmost importance.
- Click on the Clear Data button.
3: Remove extensions
Besides the cached data and temporary files, the second most common reason for browsing issues is hidden in some of the extensions. I’ve recently found out that Facebook works quite bad (especially the chat) with the ad-blocking add-on enabled. This seems to apply to all kinds of third-party extensions designed to prevent tracking, cookies, or pop-ups and ads. We can argue that this is Facebook‘s way to tell you that you can’t avoid their ways of tracking and monetization.
- READ ALSO: How to remove software leftovers
Because of that, we can only suggest disabling all privacy-related extensions and look for changes. Just open Add-ons (Extensions) on your browser and disable them. Also, you can try signing in when in the Incognito mode and look for changes. Without the said software, you should get the same usage capabilities as before.
4: Scan for malware and run anti-PuP tool
If we exclude the extensions you’re using by choice, there are some which can infiltrate unknowingly. We all know about toolbars and hijackers which basically take the control over an affected browser. With that in mind, we suggest inspecting your extensions and removing everything even remotely suspicious.
Furthermore, to be completely certain, open Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove all suspicious applications. Now, after that, we need to confirm that PC is clear from malware which potentially spreads into a browser‘s configuration files.
If that’s the case, removing the malicious extension won’t do you any good. What you need to do is scan for malware with your antivirus and, just to make sure everything is clear, use Malwarebytes AdwCleaner to remove all PuPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) from the system registry.
Here’s how to download and run Malwarebytes AdwCleaner (Free) on your PC:
- Download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, here.
- Run the tool and click Scan Now.
- Wait until the tool scans your system and click Clean & Repair.
- Restart your PC.
5: Reset the app
We’ve depleted all means to fix the in-browser issues with Facebook. However, if you’re a fan of the Facebook UWP port and unable to post anything, we recommend resetting the app. The app is, based on the user reviews, quite a formidable choice. But, that doesn’t mean it’s without its fair share of issues.
- READ ALSO: Fix: Windows 10 Facebook app has no sound
Here’s how to reset the Facebook app in Windows 10:
- Open Settings.
- Choose Apps.
- Under the Apps & features section, search for Facebook and open Advanced options.
- Scroll down and click Reset.
That should do it. We can’t overlook temporary Facebook server issues (especially when they decide to implement changes) as a possible reason for this error. So, just wait it out for some time and you’ll be able to post to your or friends timelines just as usual.
Don’t forget to tell us whether one of the steps get you through the problem. You can do so in the comments section below.
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