What are Twitter viruses and how can they affect your PC?
If you have never heard about Twitter virus, you should know that it is a cyber threat that spreads around via deceptive posts and private messages. In fact, this malware acts similarly to any of the Facebook viruses. If it manages to affect one’s account, it starts sending out spammy messages to its contacts and may also initiate other issues for its victim, such as disable his/hers account, etc. This virus is based on malicious posts that appear on Twitter’s timeline. In order to draw people’s attention, this virus uses infected accounts to post misleading tweets saying something like:
- ‘OMG I can’t believe that’,
- ‘OMG look what they’re saying about you’,
- ‘Check this!!!’,
- and so on.
Of course, these tweets are filled with invented content, which is supposed to draw people’s attention and convince them to click on it. Besides, misleading tweets is not the only way how this virus spreads around. Twitter virus may try to affect your account via direct messages that can be sent to you by unknown people. They can also be filled with links and similar content. In fact, these malicious links that are usually included to these fake messages are the main helpers for this virus to spread around. Typically, these links redirect to phishing and malware-laden websites that ask the victim to install certain plug-in, update or a program that is required in order to see the intriguing content. Such downloads are infectious and should be avoided! If you want to avoid Twitter virus, you should ignore all tweets and direct messages that obviously don’t belong to their authors. Besides, contact these people and let them know that their accounts were hacked by this nasty virus. In addition, you should also create such tweet if Twitter virus has recently managed to infect your account. Finally, if you want to be sure that your account is safe and there is no virus that is hiding in your computer, you should scan it with Reimage.
How can you get infected with this virus?
Just like we have mentioned already, Twitter virus mostly spreads via direct messages and bogus posts on the timeline. In order to protect yourself, you should ignore all spammy-looking messages that typically announce about shocking news or promote various products, such as drugs, contests for getting ability to win smartphones, sales and similar things. By saying ‘ignore’, we mean that you must never click on the link, which can also be found in these tweets. Typically, such posts contain shortened URLs, and this technique is used to obfuscate suspicious-looking malicious links. In addition, make sure you ignore tweets that may show up on your account out of nowhere. If you would happen to get infected with Twitter virus, you should keep in your mind that you can be involved to its distribution. You can start sending out the same or similar spammy messages to all of your followers and friends automatically. In this case, you should waste no time and set Twitter virus removal the top-priority task to do.
How to clean the computer from Twitter virus remains and protect your social media account?
Twitter virus is just as dangerous as other social media viruses, and they should be removed ASAP. First of all, we recommend you to remove Twitter virus from your computer with a help of anti-malware software, for instance Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. The virus can add additional programs to the system, inject suspicious extensions and tracking cookies into web browsers you use, and add registry keys that are hard to remove. You can find full Twitter virus removal guidelines below:
Manual Twitter virus Removal Guide:
Remove Twitter using Safe Mode with Networking
If you cannot start the anti-malware software, reboot your PC into a Safe Mode with Networking first, and then launch your anti-malware program. You should also carry out the following instructions to protect your Twitter account:
- Change your Twitter password ASAP (you should change it on other accounts as well, if you use the same password there). For that you should click your username, select “Settings” and then click the “Password” tab. Click “Change” to save these changes.
- Log back into your Twitter account and delete any spammy-looking messages.
Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- Click Start → Shutdown → Restart → OK.
- When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list
Windows 10 / Windows 8
- Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
- Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
- Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window.
Step 2: Remove Twitter
Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Twitter removal.
If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.
Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Twitter and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or Malwarebytes Anti Malware