There are different modified versions of WhatsApp available on the internet. But they are not safe and some versions may contain malware. Recently, a new version of WhatsApp called WhatsApp Pink is making rounds. According to the description of WhatsApp Pink, it will give you an enhanced version of WhatsApp with additional features. But the truth is that this WhatsApp clone app is malicious.
The messages are being forwarded with a link to download WhatsApp Pink. It asks for your login information and once you sign up, your personal data is no longer secure. Thanks to the Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, we know this app is a fraud. He shared screenshots of the app which looks close to the original WhatsApp. This is actually a trap, a user may think it is real and can fall for it.
Beware of WhatsApp Pink!
According to the security researcher: “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Complete access to your phone will be lost.” WhatsApp has never launched this specific Pink version. Unfortunately, if you have fallen for this trap, what can you do? Well, follow the steps below:
1) Unlink WhatsApp Web Devices
First of all, If you have linked the WhatsApp Pink app with WhatsApp Web Devices, then unlink it as soon as possible.
2) Uninstall the WhatsApp Pink app
Uninstalling the malicious app is the second thing you need to do. Make sure to log out before uninstalling, also clear the remaining data of the app from file cleaner.
3) Clear Browser Cache
I recommend you also clear your browser’s cache. It is pretty easy to do. You can do it from app settings or from the browser itself.
4) Look for any other malicious app
There is a chance the app has downloaded malware on your phone. For that, you need to look out for applications you have not installed yourself. You can do that by searching on App Management in settings. Make sure to uninstall any app that looks malicious.