Twitter Virus - How to Remove It

Twitter Virus – How to Remove It

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This blog post has been made in order to explain to you how you can detect viruses on Twitter and how to remove these viruses in case you have identified them.

Dangerous viruses have always been spreading on Twitter, but lately, they have started to become more dangerous. Most viruses on Twitter tend to spread at an alarming rate via web links posted on Tweets that offer discounts, coupons or even programs that claim to show you who has visited your Twitter profile. The bad news is that clicking on those web links may bring adware, spyware or ransomware on your computer and the impact of that is only negative for you. In this article we will go over some of the biggest twitter viruses out there and we will show you how you can remove a Twitter virus from your computer, plus how you can protect yourself from these infections.

Threat Summary

NameTwitter Virus
TypeTwitter-related Malware
Short DescriptionMay infect you with different types of viruses, ranging from adware to spyware and data stealers.
SymptomsDepends on the virus infecting you. If adware, you will see ads, if ransomware, your files may eb encrypted, if Trojan, you may see suspicious behavior.
Distribution MethodVia tweets with malicious web links.
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Twitter Viruses – Distribution Methods

There is one main distribution method that characterizes all Twitter viruses and that is via twets containing malicious web links embedded within them. These types of tweets could either be public or may come as messages sent directly to users. Some of those private messages and tweets can be seen below:

Have you heard Google was hiring people to work from home? Pretty cool I thought {malicous web link}

Sign in and download this fantastic app – only available today: {Malicious link}

I just viewed my TOP20 Profile STALKERS. I can’t believe my EX is still checking me every day: {malicious link}

WOW! You can see WHO VISITS your TWITTER profile. That’scool!  – {malicious link}

Message: David Video {malicious link}

The most often used web links to spread viruses could turn out to be random URLs and also shortened URLs, like:

  • web links.
  • web links.
  • TinyURL sites.

These sites are for shortening URLs, which In general are not risky, but cyber-criminals often use them to slither multiple different types of viruses via malicious web links by adding JavaScript and making the web links with automated download (drive-by downloads).

Twitter Viruses – Types and Analysis

There are several threats that can be presented to victims as a result of clicking on Twitter Virus web links ranging from less dangerous to outright evil. Below we have explained each type of virus, which could have infected you if you have clicked on this URL.

Phishing Sites

Surveys, fake retailer sites, fake Twitter login pages, all of those belong to the phishing kind. One of those viruses that is extremely spread at the moment advertises web links to fake retailer sites, where it likely wants you to type in your information in order to buy a product on a discount. The main brands advertised by this phishing scam so far are:

  • Ray-Ban.
  • Nike.
  • UGG.

In addition to fake online retailer sites, that aim to steal your financial credentials, the links may also ask you to log in Twitter, Facebook, Google or other accounts under the pretext that you may have been logged out. These fake pages very well imitate the original login pages. One such scam was the Twitter Phishing campaign we have detected a

while back.

Another type of phishing scam which is going around all over the web and may also be seen on Twitter is the scam that poses as if the user has won a Gift Card. The most famous of those scams was the

$1000 Amazon Gift Card scam which aimed to ask victims for a lot of their personal infromation and currently (at the time of writing this), there is another version of this scam advertising fake Wal-Mart gift cards.

In order to learn how to protect yourself from phishing sites, we recommend reading the guide below:

How to Detect and Remove Phishing (Fake) Web Pages

Malicious Web Links

The other main threat that is related to malicious links on Twitter is malware infection. Such web links can lead you to redirect pages that automatically lead you to sites that have malicious JavaScript or other forms of scrips enabled and these sites may automtically download and execute a malware file directly on your computer system. This is known in the trade as a drive-by download and as a result of it, you may become infected with a variety of malware types:

One of the main threats in relation to malware spreading on Twitter which we have seen is the gigantic botnet

operation on Twitter which was first discovered on April 17th. The botnet managed to infect by using over 3 million fake accounts on Twitter and 100,000 bots spreading web links. The accounts reportedly made 2.6 billion tweets with malicious web links, infecting with all sorts of malware.

Related: Twitter Adult Content Spam Spreads via New Botnet Attack

Tech Support Scam Sites

These forms of scams are very well known already, but that does not seem to prevent them from spreading across all types of computers. The way they work is when you click on a Twitter link, you may become redirected to a web page that claims that your PC or Mac is damaged, like in the images we have shown below.

The outcome of these pages is to convince you, the user to call a fake tech support number, where you are likely asked to either give access to the scammers who pretend to be a Microsoft or Apple tech support people, but in fact are the scammers. And to fix the “issue” which the scam page strives to decieve you in believing is real, the scammers want hundreds of dollars to be paid. If you see such pages, do not call the numbers under no circumstances.

Remove Twitter Viruses from Your Machine

In order to remove a Twitter virus, you will firstly need to backup your important files, just in case they may be at risk. Then, we recommend you to follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been made with the idea to help you identify the source of the viruses that may be attacking your computer and remove them thoroughly. If manual removal does not seem to help, we recommend what most experts would advise you to do and that is to download and run a scan by using an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will help you to remove all of the related files to the Twitter virus automatically and will also help protect your computer system against any infections that might occur in the future as well.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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