PSA: A virus named “Priyanka” is spreading on Whatsapp, here’s how to remove and stay away from it


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  • nikhila

    Hi i got something like it.. I didnt click it at all . but i just replied asking “who is this” then i immediately blocked the number from which it was sent. Someone said that even you replied your phone will get affected. But all my contacts are same. Am i still in threat??

    • Shivam

      Nope. You’re fine. It was a bug in WhatsApp that the company has already patched.

    • Shivam

      Nope. You’re fine. It was a bug in WhatsApp that the company has already patched.

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  • ruckmn

    how to stop Emails to my computer, (not cell phone), from whatsapp?

  • Sunny

    If you really wanna stay away from dear priyanka then you should have dearest iphone because iPhone’s better than poor android

  • R Martin SEO

    Niceone, this is a summarized spanish translation of this post

  • Magni

    Do you have the md5 or the sample?

  • anon22

    hahaha Android users really are fucking stupid. They’d have to be to fall for a bush-league “virus” like Priyanka.

    • YourDaddy

      Android users are fucking smart swthrt what we can do u cant even imagine im saying u cus im developer >_<

  • guest

    i want to send it to a dbag i know haha so much fun

  • E Hacking News

    Hi, anyone have the sample of the malicious contact file?!

  • user1

    my friend just received it and it was forwarded to some of his contacts randomly ? is there any explanation ??

  • blablablub

    could somebody give me the contact file pls?

  • hackey

    Can any body give me code for this virus ir a bug

  • Kaustubh

    I just had to delete the contact from my Google Contacts. Also calling this a virus is a little far fetched. Its just an exploit.

  • webhax

    Lol. Never thought it would get so viral. But yeah, just delete the contact and carry on with life. Chats and contacts would return to normal. Except, unsaved contacts on whatsapp. You’ll have to save those to get rid of ‘her’ oh and what sodapub says, do some more research before blogging. (:

  • sodapub

    This is not a ‘virus’ . Its an exploitation of a bug in whatsapp. An annoying prank at best. It does not wipe your data, or expose it to others. Neither does it spread by itself. Please do your research first.

    • Cubox

      It is. Every viruses exploit a bug.

      • sodapub

        really? would you call this a virus?
        Remember, it exploits a bug in whatsapp too

        • tomfool

          for a virus it must also spread itself.

          • sodapub

            Which it doesn’t do. The writer has obviously made a mistake in this regard.

          • Shivam

            Yeah, you’re right. Should have done more research on it before posting. Anyway, I’ve updated the post now clearly mentioning that it doesn’t spread by itself.

            Sorry for the confusion.

    • Dude.

      Thats how all ‘viruses’ originated. The first ever ‘virus’ was implemented as a prank. Please do your research first.

  • AK

    Thankfully there’s no one by that name in my contacts list and I’ll think twice before getting touch with anyone named “Priyanka”.

    I wonder how long shall it take for the attacker to name it from Priyanka to Aishwarya, Deepika or even Nicole.

  • Anti-Virus

    Have a copy or MD5 sum of the malicious contacts file?

  • priyanka

    But… I just want us to be friends :(

    • anti-priyanka

      no priyanka, stop it, nobody likes you

    • AK

      Please come to my WhatsApp.

    • Dude.

      Hahaha I know which Priyanka this is.

  • Meghraj Baria

    I know about it but didn’t install it. This blog is one of the few to report this along with a solution. Goodwork.

    • Shivam

      Thanks buddy :)

      • paul

        It will be so helpful for researches if you share the sample or that malicious contact file

        – Malware analyst