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Beware of "New Colors for WhatsApp Function" - it is an Adware or Malware

2017-11-09T07:20:21  +
Beware of "New Colors for WhatsApp Function" - it is an Adware or Malware

WhatsApp users who have received messages claiming that they can change their WhatsApp to a new or favorite color using a new function or feature, should delete the messages and not follow the instructions in them. This is because the fake and malicious messages are scams, created by cyber criminals to trick WhatsApp users into visiting the fake and malicious WhatsApp website "шһатѕарр.com," which will install and infect their devices with adware or malware.

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Please note that "шһатѕарр.com" is the fake and malicious website and "whatsapp.com" is the legitimate website. What the cybercriminals have done is to use different character code to create the fake and malicious website, but make it look similar to the legitimate one.

A Sample of the "New Colors for WhatsApp Function" Fake Message or Scam

New Colors for WhatsApp

New Colors for WhatsApp

How the "New Colors for WhatsApp Function" Scam Works

Whatsapp user gets the following message saying WhatsApp is now available with different colors:

"I love the new colors for WhatsApp hxxp://шһатѕарр.com/?colors."

If the link or button in the fake message is clicked, WhatsApp users will be taken to the fake and malicious website at hxxp://шһатѕарр.com/?colors, which actually goes to this malicious website: hxxp://blackwhats.site/.

Whatsapp.com users will then ask to share the link with multiple groups for human verification.

Once WhatsApp users have done sharing, they will be asked to install adware apps. After they have installed the adware the website says the WhatsApp color is available only in WhatsApp web and then ask them to install a malicious Chrome extension located in the Google Chrome Store:

  • hxxps://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ blackwhats/apkecfhccjhdmicfliebkdekbkoioiaj

Once the malicious extension or adware is installed, the infected devices will start displaying annoying or malicious advertisements.

WhatsApp users should never install an upgrade or features if they are asked to share before they can do so. This is how cybercriminals trick potential victims into spreading the malware to other users. And, there is no need to click on a link to install a new feature of Whatsapp because WhatsApp will automatically update itself or will let you know when a new feature is available. Therefore, avoid messages that ask to install WhatsApp features.

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  • Posted: Jan 13, 2018 at 4:23 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

    whatif I have already installed the whatsapp new color2018 thing on my phone. How can I uninstall it?

    delete


    • Posted: Jan 13, 2018 at 5:20 PM by info

      Delete the app by doing the following:

      1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
      2. Tap Apps & notifications.
      3. Tap the app you want to uninstall. If you don't see it, first tap See all apps or App info.
      4. Tap Uninstall.

      delete


  • Posted: Sep 10, 2017 at 10:31 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Thanks for advice.

    delete


  • Posted: Aug 26, 2017 at 10:04 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore

    My friends have been spreading this virus contained website, but, I told them that it may contain viruses or spyware which may destroy or control your device. Am I a genius or what?

    delete


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