What is Discord malware?
Discord malware, Discord virus, and Discord spam-message virus are terms used to identify malware that can infect a device such as a desktop computer, obtain access to a user’s Discord account without their consent or knowledge, and use the account to send messages to friends, past acquaintances, and everyone on a Discord server. Discord malware is very scary. It can essentially “hack” a user’s Discord account and use the compromised Discord account it seems fit. In most cases, Discord malware will use the hacked Discord account to send messages to friends, people the account has spoken to in the past, and servers the account is on. To make matters worse, the compromised account may ping everyone on a Discord server to get their attention.
It can be very embarrassing to have this happen to you but it is very simple to repair.
How did I get Discord malware?
Discord malware is often bundled with and installed by third-party malware and can be found in advertisements served by questionable advertising networks, torrents, freeware, and other places. In addition, this type of infection is commonly spread through Discord messages from accounts compromised by the malware; The compromised accounts will send a malicious link and if targets click the links their accounts will also become compromised.
Once a link is clicked the target is taken to a website that will either infect their computers with Discord malware, gain immediate access to the Discord account, or direct the user to a phishing website that may ask personal questions.
How to remove Discord malware
This removal guide contains advanced information but has been published in a way that is easy for anyone to follow. Before proceeding any further please ensure that your data is backed up and the app has been uninstalled from your device. You may also consider bookmarking this page and printing out these instructions.
1. Download Malwarebytes to remove malware and potentially unwanted programs. There is a free version, a free trial version, and a premium version, all of which work in this guide.
2. Locate and double-click the setup file (MBSetup.exe) to install Malwarebytes. The setup file is usually located in the Downloads or Desktop folder. However, in some cases, the file may be executed from the bottom of the browser after it has been downloaded.
3. Once Malwarebytes has installed open the program and go to Settings > Security > Scan options and switch on Scan for rootkits, then click the X in the Settings Menu to close the area. To find Settings, click the tool icon on the top right of the program’s interface. Enabling the Scan for rootkits feature will ensure that Malwarebytes will scan for the largest amount of malware and PUPs possible.
4. Go to the home screen and click the Scan button to start scanning for malware and PUPs.
5. When Malwarebytes is finished scanning it will show a list of results including the detection names of all the malware, adware, spyware, and PUPs it found. Click the Quarantine button to remove all selected threats.
6. Malwarebytes may require a system reboot. If so, restart your computer, log back in, and finish these removal steps.
7. Download HitmanPro to perform a “second opinion scan” and remove leftover traces of tracking cookies, viruses, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, and other malware. There is a free version, a free trial version, and a premium version, all of which work in this guide. This program does not require to be set up or installed but you may be asked to provide your name and email address before proceeding.
8. Once HitmanPro is activated, click the Next button to start and follow the instructions. You may be asked to perform a one-time scan to check your computer or to create a copy of HitmanPro to regularly use the program. Select which is best for you; however, if we advise you to create a copy of this program to ensure your security.
9. Click the Next button to start scanning your computer.
10. When HitmanPro is finished scanning it will show a list of results including the threat name and type. Click the Next button to remove all selected threats. Then click Next to finish.
11. HitmanPro may require a system reboot. If so, restart your computer, log back in, and finish these removal steps.
12. Download CCleaner using the link below to perform a system checkup and repair corrupted settings. There is a free version, a free trial version, and a premium version, all of which work in this guide.
13. Locate and double-click the setup file (ccsetup.exe) to install CCleaner.
14. Once CCleaner has been installed open the program and go to the Health Check screen and click the Next button (or Get Started) to start a checkup.
15. When CCleaner is finished scanning it will show a list of results including tracking files, junk files, modified startup tasks, and more. Click the Make it better button.
16. Go to the Registry screen and click Scan for Issues.
17. When the scan is finished click the Fix selected issues button.
18. Click Yes to back up the registry before making any changes to it and save the .reg file on your computer.
19. Click the Fix All Selected Issues button on the pop-up window then click Close.
20. Go to Tools > Uninstall to locate and uninstall suspicious programs. Click Install Date to list the programs in a row by the date they were installed. This allows you to find programs that were installed around the time of infection. If you locate a suspicious program, click on it, and click the Uninstall button. If you are unaware if you should uninstall a program, record the program’s name and search the program’s name using a search engine. Do most websites consider the program malicious? If so, uninstall it.
21. Go to Tools > Startup to disable programs from running when Windows starts. To disable a program from running, click on it, and click the Disable button. If you are unaware if you should disable a program from running, record the program’s name and search the program’s name using a search engine. Do most websites consider the program malicious? If so, disable it from running when Windows starts.
22. Go to Tools > Browser Plugins to delete unwanted browser add-ons and extensions. To delete a browser plugin, click on it, and click the Delete button. If you are unaware if you should delete a browser extension, record the extension’s name and search the extension’s name using a search engine. Do most websites consider the extension malicious? If so, delete it.
23. Download Norton 360 with LifeLock using the link below for complete protection. There is a free trial version Norton 360 with LifeLock is all-in-one protection for your devices, online privacy, and identity. This advanced feature-rich security program works to block malware and other threats from reaching your computer and devices in real-time. Securely browse the internet using a no-log VPN with bank-grade encryption that helps keep your personal information like your passwords and bank details private.
24. Select the version of the program you would like to use and click the Subscribe Now button (to download a free trial go to the footer menu and select free trials).
25. Once you have subscribed check your email for instructions to download Norton 360 or click the Get Started button on the order confirmation page.
26. On the get started page, go to Install protection on this PC or Mac and click Agree & Download. You may also choose to install this program on another device by clicking the Install on Another Device link.
27. Once Norton 360 has been installed open the program and click Sign In to log into your account and unlock additional features.
28. Next, click the down arrow next to the Open button in the Device Security section and select Scan Options.
29. Select Full System Scan and click the Go button to start scanning for viruses, malware, and other threats.
30. When Norton 360 is finished scanning it will show a results summary. Click the Finish button to remove all detected items.
31. Norton 360 with LifeLock Select has many features that we suggest enabling including a Secure VPN to protect you online, cloud backup to secure your files, a password manager to store login information, and more. For more information about Norton 360 with LifeLock Select click the Help icon.
32. Change the password to your Discord account and other accounts for safe measures. To change your Discord password sign into Discord from a browser, mobile device, or computer and go to settings.
Change your passwords
It is strongly advised to change the passwords to your online accounts including the passwords to your emails, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, TikTok), messaging apps (Line, Viber, Whatsapp), and bank accounts. Here are some tips to help you create a secure password:
- Don’t reuse the same password for multiple accounts.
- Use case-sensitive letters, numbers, and punctuation marks.