How To Get Rid of Roblox Viruses

If you’ve never heard of a Roblox virus, or Roblox itself, we have the information you need to keep your system from getting infected. If you’ve been infected with a Roblox virus, we’ll show you how to delete it and protect your device in the future.
Patti Croft, Author
Catherine McNally, Editor
Last updated Jan 11, 2023

Roblox is not a virus, but the video game app may increase the risk of installing malware for a few reasons. If you enjoy playing games on Roblox, you should use it with some caution. Players have downloaded viruses when clicking on off-site links or attempting to download cheating software that generates Roblox playing codes.

Since Roblox is a popular platform with over 52 million daily users, it’s wise to learn some strategies to stay secure when using this social gaming app. Keep reading for the best social media safety tips and online steps to stay safe while using Roblox.

In this article
Does Roblox have viruses?
How to get rid of Roblox viruses
How to safely download Roblox and Roblox shaders
How to protect your device against future Roblox viruses
Roblox virus FAQs
Bottom line

Does Roblox have viruses?

As we mentioned, Roblox is not a virus. It’s an app that is safe when used correctly. 

Roblox is a video game app geared toward younger players that lets them play a variety of different games. If your child plays Roblox, they can chat with other online players and even create their own games. It’s like a social media platform for gamers who want to build spaces and play with virtual money.

The games on Roblox are called experiences. These experiences fall into different categories where you can choose adventure, roleplay, fighting, tycoon, obstacle courses, and more. 

Sharing files with others across the game is against the user’s terms of service. The app also doesn’t permit users to share personal information for safety reasons.

But there are times when you can accidentally download a virus while using Roblox. The three ways most people get infected when using Roblox are:

  • Clicking on an off-site Roblox link from a hacker
  • Downloading code generators or cheating software
  • Downloading a pirated Roblox version from a third-party
  • Downloading infected Roblox plugins

These occurrences are likely because many Roblox users are children. Kids are easy targets for bullies and criminals on an online gaming app like Roblox. If you have children who play Roblox, you should know that scammers often use child identity theft to commit financial fraud.

My antivirus says Roblox is infected with a virus, what should I do?
If your antivirus alerted you that Roblox is infected but you know the app isn't compromised, it could be a false positive. In this case, you can whitelist Roblox in your antivirus app so it doesn't flag the game again. You should also ensure your antivirus is up to date, and you may want to download a second antivirus to double-check your device is safe.

If you're not sure if your Roblox isn't infected with a virus, follow the steps below to remove any malware.

How to get rid of Roblox viruses

If you’re a parent of a child who uses Roblox, you can restrict features of the games, like chat functions and in-app purchasing. Still, even with parental controls, there are chances that you or your family could come into contact with a nasty virus. If that happens, there are ways to delete Roblox viruses from your device.

1. Install and update an antivirus program

If you don’t have an antivirus, you should get one. Using antivirus software is crucial if you want to protect your device and your family from online predators and hackers.

There are a number of reputable products that will give you better online security. If you’re looking for premium software with parental controls, Sophos may be the best option for you. When you want a plan that has a free and paid version, Malwarebytes may be perfect. No matter what software you choose, having an antivirus is the first step for removing Roblox viruses.

Always update your antivirus program. The most recent version of your antivirus will contain patches for security issues. There may be new malware in the antivirus database, so you want software that’s up-to-date to catch it before it infects your device.

Keeping your operating system up to date too
By updating your device's operating system, you ensure it has the latest security updates to block computer viruses, Trojans, and other malware that could infect your system.

2. Run a full system scan

Running a full system scan of your antivirus ensures you get a complete and thorough check of your device and all accompanying files. A full scan will look for malware threats in all the drivers and folders on your computer.

A full scan will take longer than a quick scan, and sometimes users get impatient waiting for it to run. Your patience will pay off, though, because a full scan is more comprehensive.

3. Delete infected files

Once your antivirus finds the infected files, you want to get them off your device. Some malware will attempt to replicate itself, so you want to clean your computer and be sure all remnants of the virus are gone.

When you delete the infected files, you remove the virus and the contaminated files from your device. That’s the most effective method for ensuring the virus doesn’t spread throughout your system.

4. Restart your device

After you run a full system scan and delete infected files, you need to restart your device. A fresh reboot of your system will allow for updates to run. Also, until you restart your computer, there could be active pieces of malware somewhere on your device.

Restarting will also improve efficiency. A restart after virus removal provides a clean slate for your computer. The restart will flush the computer memory and stop programs that could be bogging down the device.

How to safely download Roblox and Roblox shaders

A good antivirus can scan your Roblox download to be sure it’s safe. Use the official Roblox website to download the app. 

If you want to use Roblox shaders (the tweaks that improve the game’s visual quality), you’ll want to get them from an official website. Check online reviews of the product before you install it. Reshade is one of the more popular modulators offered for download.

In addition to antivirus programs, some users may prefer a file-scanning service that will hone in on specific files and folders. Windows Security allows you to search the files you want and will notify you if threats are found.

Watch out for Robux scams

When using Roblox, viruses aren’t the only issues you may find. Another prevalent problem on the Roblox platform is Robux scamming. Robux is the in-game currency you can use to buy avatar accessories, game access, and other options. Kids are being targeted on Roblox the same they are with the popular TikTok scams.

Unfortunately, these scammers are using methods to steal Robux and personal information. Here are some common scamming methods used:

  • Free Robux for App Exchange
  • Downloaded programs
  • Roblox game chat
  • Fake web pages
  • Cookie scraping
  • Roblox messaging system
  • Fake free Robux streams
  • Javascript attacks

As you can see, there are a number of ways a hacker will attempt to run a Robux scam. You can avoid these nasty predators by remembering that an offer for free Robux is most likely a scam.

How to know if a Robux giveaway is legit

If you get offered Robux from a giveaway, there are some ways to know the source is trustworthy:

  1. The streamer isn’t using Group Funds — Group Funds are Robux either bought for or earned for a Roblox group.
  2. The streamer’s live stream is less than two hours long, give or take a little.
  3. The streamer is giving away Robux Cards. Roblox Corp has approved YouTubers purchasing Robux as gift cards.

Don't forget, you should never share your Roblox account details with other Roblox players.

How to protect your device against future Roblox viruses

When using Roblox, or any other online platform, use caution when downloading and installing software. There are legitimate sources that will provide entertainment for you and your family. You can be safe and have fun when using some cybersecurity tips.

Here's how to protect your device against future Roblox viruses:

  • Don’t open unfamiliar attachments/links.
  • Use a reputable antivirus program.
  • Keep antivirus software updated.
  • Don’t use third-party installers or plug-ins unless you verify their trustworthiness.
  • Run full scans when suspecting possible virus infections.

The platform is geared toward children, who may be easier targets for scammers. As parents, it may be difficult to explain why children shouldn’t use certain websites or click on different links their gaming friends may send them. You can familiarize yourself with some of the most important online safety tips to share with your kids.

When looking for antivirus software, you may want one that includes email attachment blocking, like AVG, to help keep your children and devices safe.

It's important to not click on any pop-up ads as well since many of these include links to malicious sites that could download a virus to your device.

Roblox virus FAQs


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Did Roblox get hacked?

Roblox did not get hacked. There are many stories and rumors about the platform getting hacked, but users who got virus infections have downloaded them from third-party sources. The Roblox platform itself is safe.


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Is it safe to download Roblox?

It is safe to download Roblox when you use official sources such as Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, or the official Roblox website.


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Can you get hacked in Roblox?

You cannot get hacked using Roblox as it is designed, but you can get hacked if you download from off-site sources and share personal information that goes against Roblox’s suggested terms.


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Are Roblox free models safe?

Roblox Studio lets gamers create free models to share with other players. The risk is that some of these free models could be infected with a virus. One way to check is to use the Ro-Defender plugin.

Bottom line

If you aren’t careful when you use Roblox, you may run into malware infections on your device. The app is safe and can be entertaining and fun for people of all ages. The problems come when users share information with strangers, download unfamiliar software, or click unsafe links.

Roblox can provide lots of fun for your family if you use a few general safety tips like installing antivirus, running full system scans, and only downloading software from reputable sources.

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Author Details
Patti Croft has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA. She also worked in Information Technology for 16 years and loves everything tech and gadgets!