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Telegram virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Telegram virus — multipurpose malware which is delivered via legitimate instant messaging software

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Telegram virus is a term used to describe a multipurpose malware distributed via instant messaging platform.

Telegram virus is a term used to describe a new cyber threat which is created for multiple purposes. Hackers distribute the malware via entirely legitimate cloud-based messaging software. The purpose of this infection is to either drop a cryptocurrency miner or infiltrate the system with spyware and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and gain remote control of the device. Unfortunately, it is tough to identify the virus as it hides its presence on the system.

Name Telegram virus
Type Malware
Danger level Medium
Distribution Attackers send it via Telegram program as a deceptive .png image file
Symptoms Might start exploiting CPU power, cause system freezes, and collect sensitive data
Removal Due to the complexity of the malware, we recommend using Reimage to uninstall Telegram virus safely

Once Telegram malware enters the system, it settles inside the deepest locations on the computer and starts operating in the background. Its primary purpose is to use excessive amounts of CPU power to mine digital currency, such as Monero, ZCash, Fantomcoin and generate profit for its developers. 

Unfortunately, high CPU power usage might result in significant deterioration of PC's performance or even permanent damage. If you fail to get rid of Telegram virus and leave it for long periods of time on your system, there might be the following consequences:

  • Increased latency[1];
  • programs start to crash;
  • continuous computer freezes.

According to the experts, Telegram miner might have additional features to the primary one, including opening backdoors to infiltrate the system with other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or using the remote control to install malware directly. Thus, if your computer is infected, you risk your private data, credentials and essential information. 

After installation, it started to operate in a silent mode, which allowed the threat actor to remain unnoticed in the network and execute different commands including the further installation of spyware tools <…>

Therefore, the best decision would be to immediately scan your computer with a professional antivirus if you have any concerns about its security. We recommend using Reimage as it would remove Telegram virus easily as soon as it is detected. Note that the security software has malware database which is continuously updated to ensure that other cyber threats would be eliminated as well. 

If you can't start Telegram virus removal, there is a substantial risk that a more severe infection has hit your system and blocked the installation of the antivirus. In this case, check the guidelines appended at the end of this article and learn how to deactivate the malware before elimination. 

Malware spreads via obfuscated PNG image file on Telegram

Experts have detected that Telegram virus spreads as JavaScript file which disguises as PNG image during the download and installation. Distributing malware on social media platforms is not a new tactic. Yet, the attackers have slightly improved this method to make the infections more successful.

According to malware researchers, cybercriminals employed Right-to-Left Override (RLO)[2] character to force Telegram to display the counterfeit string of the file. For example, evil.js is displayed as photo_high_resj.png on the instant messaging platform.

Keep in mind that the file itself remains the JavaScript and does not change to an actual PNG image. Although, criminals embed *U+202E* RLO character to trick the people into believing that the file not malicious or potentially dangerous. Likewise, people who click on it immediately infiltrate their systems with malware.

Uninstall Telegram virus right now and protect your data

NoVirus.uk[3] experts advise the users who have received a similar message or use Telegram to get help from a professional right now. It is because the researchers can't identify which products might be affected by this cyber threat. 

We don’t have exact information about how long and which versions of the Telegram products were affected by the vulnerability. 

As it was mentioned before, you can scan your computer files with a robust antivirus. Our top choices would be Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, and Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes as they are designed to remove Telegram virus and similar malicious programs within several minutes.

If you can't start Telegram virus removal because the malware is preventing you from installing the antivirus, you can follow a simple guide below. Although, please, be careful as these infections are highly sophisticated and might trick you into causing more damage to your PC.

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To remove Telegram virus, follow these steps:

Remove Telegram using Safe Mode with Networking

Users who notice that their systems are infected with Telegram virus should immediately boot their computers into Safe Mode with Networking.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Telegram

    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 Telegram removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Telegram using System Restore

If you are still unable to get the antivirus running, try to reboot your PC to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Telegram. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Telegram removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Telegram and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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