Hackers want to harm WhatsApp users with a tricky scam. They attract with the promise to change the WhatsApp color to pink, but it’s a dangerous malware. We’ll tell you how you can protect yourself from the WhatsApp Pink scam.
WhatsApp users are once again targeted by hackers. With a new scam, they want to get all messenger users online who have long wanted a new look for WhatsApp. Because supposedly the app “WhatsApp Pink” would ensure that the messenger shines in pink. But once the application is installed, the damage is done.
As security experts report, links are primarily sent to users via WhatsApp itself. The new design is then spread to users. If a user clicks on the link and installs the APK file behind it, the malware installed on the user smartphone. In many cases, the hackers encrypt data such as photos or videos and demand a ransom from WhatsApp users for the activation.
The account itself is also at risk. Because your WhatsApp will send links to malicious software to other users.
WhatsApp Pink: How to remove the “malware”
The first step in protection is also the most important: never click any questionable links in WhatsApp. Even if these are from friends. Malicious programs often camouflage themselves and the broadcasters do not even notice the malicious messages. If in doubt, ask your contact whether the link is real and what is hidden behind it.
If you still have doubts afterwards, a quick Google search for the content promised behind the link is often enough to expose hackers.
Here is how you need to do to remove WhatsApp Pink:
- Go to Settings
- Apps and notifications
- Show all apps
- WhatsApp Pink
If the damage has already been done and WhatsApp Pink is installed on your smartphone, delete the app immediately. Then disconnect your device from all WhatsApp web connections, such as your PC. Then delete the cache of your smartphone browser and display the app access rights in the menu. If you see strange apps here or still find WhatsApp Pink, block access.
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