A botnet on the largest platform for information exchange – Twitter has been discovered to exist and wreak havoc on the web. The botnet is reported to exist since, notice, the year 2013 undetected, until two researchers at the University College of London discovered it.
According to the researchers Juan Echeverria Guzman and Shi Zhou this botnet consists of approximately 350,000 bots which, if all are activated, Twitter could go crazy with spammed tweets. The primary reason for the researchers to be concerned are a possible scenario of this “Star Wars” botnet spreading malicious web links and this risky hypothetical outcome of this scenario for many inexperienced users. The bots can start topics, influence opinions by fake posting and perform everything they are commanded to do.
Other researchers also feel convinced that the bots hypothetically might even post a massive biased and influential posts that may result in massive forming of opinions based on false information.
Not The Largest Zombie Cluster Reported
This has not been the biggest issue reported so far. There was even a larger botnet discovered by the researchers since the start of their project. It consisted of more than 500,000 accounts that have been discovered out into the open. Researchers have not yet submitted the discoveries directly to twitter since there has to be final approval to certify the results of their discoveries.
Furthermore, according to them, this botnet was also unable to be detected primarily due to the low activity of each fake bot account. However, the tweeting time intervals have seemed to be on purpose and very approximate, meaning that they may have been commanded by a control center.
Since tweets are often marked with a geo-location type of tracking technology, similar to cookies, known as tag, malware researchers were able to figure out that most tweets from spam accounts were sent out from Europe as well as North America.
According to the researchers who tracked down the location patterns of those tweets combined they have concluded that there is little probability that those tweets were actually sent out by human beings, but rather following commands.
More information that they have reported was that these tweets also act almost simultaneously when activated.
The malware researchers keep working on their projects and you can support them by reporting botnets at:
or spreading the word.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Twitter from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Twitter on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Twitter in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Twitter from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Twitter from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Twitter from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Twitter from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Twitter Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Twitter from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Twitter
Step 2: Uninstall Twitter and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Twitter on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Twitter there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Twitter from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Twitter and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Twitter via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Twitter files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Twitter, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Twitter from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Twitter from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Twitter from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Twitter from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Twitter will be removed.
Eliminate Twitter from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Twitter from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".