Warning out vs 'Priyanka' virus on WhatsApp

Users of mobile messaging app WhatsApp were warned against a new virus threatening to spread and change all the names on the user's contact list to "Priyanka."

Android enthusiast site TheAndroidSoul.com said the malware replaced all the group names on an infected device's WhatsApp to “Priyanka.”

But the site said the good news is that the malware cannot do any damage if the user merely ignored it.

"Thankfully this virus doesn’t gets installed on your phone by itself. So in case you receive a contact file named 'Priyanka' from anyone on WhatsApp or by any other way, make sure that you do NOT add/save it to your contacts. It can’t do any harm without getting added to your contacts database so just DON’T save it," it said.

For those who may have saved "Priyanka" to their contacts, they should turn off all Internet connectivity including WiFi, Mobile data and Bluetooth tether.

The user should then delete the malware from the contacts, then clear his or her WhatsApp database.

"NOTE that clearing your WhatsApp database would bring it to a freshly installed state. You’ll be required to do all the WhatsApp setup again. And thankfully, WhatsApp does take auto backups of all your conversations so they’ll be restored automatically once you’re through the setup," it said. — TJD, GMA News

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