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Twitter Virus – How to Remove It

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

Name Twitter Virus
Type Twitter-related Malware
Short Description May infect you with different types of viruses, ranging from adware to spyware and data stealers.
Symptoms Depends 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 Method Via 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:

  • Bit.ly web links.
  • Vid.me web links.
  • TinyURL sites.
  • Adf.ly
  • Tiny.cc
  • Is.gd
  • Soo.gd
  • S2r.co
  • Clicky.me
  • Budurl.com

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 [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/twitter-phishing-campaign-steals-users-credentials/”]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 [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/1000-amazon-gift-card-scam-get-rid/”]$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 [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/1000-walmart-gift-card-scam-virus-get-rid/”]Wal-Mart gift cards.

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

[wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/detect-remove-fake-phishing-pages/”]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:

  • [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/coin-miner-virus-detect-remove/”]Coin miner virus.
  • [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/coin-miner-virus-detect-remove/”]Ransomware viruses.
  • [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/coin-miner-virus-detect-remove/”]Various Trojan types and [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/coin-miner-virus-detect-remove/”]RATs.
  • [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/coin-miner-virus-detect-remove/”]Rootkits.
  • [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/coin-miner-virus-detect-remove/”]Botnets.

One of the main threats in relation to malware spreading on Twitter which we have seen is the gigantic botnet [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/twitter-botnet-attack-creates-3-million-shell-accounts/”]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: [wplinkpreview url=”https://sensorstechforum.com/twitter-adult-content-spam-spreads-via-new-botnet-attack/”]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.

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Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove Twitter Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Twitter Virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Twitter Virus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Twitter Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Twitter Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Twitter Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Twitter Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Twitter Virus and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Twitter Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Twitter Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Twitter Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Twitter Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Twitter Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Twitter Virus, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Twitter Virus:


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Remove Twitter Virus 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.


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Erase Twitter Virus 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.



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Uninstall Twitter Virus 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.



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Remove Twitter Virus 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Twitter Virus will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Twitter Virus 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.


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