I’ve been very lucky as far as online viruses go, and I never expected a Pinterest virus to surprise me so completely. I did have some problems with getting my Hotmail account hacked once and I’ve also had some problems with malware, adware and spyware before switching to Apple products.

However, now I seemed to have caught a virus messing with me — on Pinterest of all sites.

How did that happen?

I Had Never Seen A Virus On Pinterest Before

When you pin something on your board, you can always edit it. But when I clicked a pin looking like an ad. I clicked it because I wanted to know why anyone would be repinning such a pointless image to their board. And – boom! – suddenly it ended up on one of my boards as well.

Stupid, I know. I’m usually very smart about these things, but this time, someone got the better of me. But this is very tricky; when I wanted to remove it, the edit button was somehow gone. Annoying — but pretty clever.

I don’t know if this is the first Pinterest virus around and I don’t know how it works. Did it lure me away from the site and fooled me to click on a replica page outside of Pinterest? If so, pretty well done indeed. I’m not usually that easy to fool.

I’m also not sure whether this is a bonafide virus, spyware, (browser) malware or what it is? I didn’t find a solution to it either because Pinterest (I guess) caught up with it and after a day, all signs of the image was gone and not to be found.

Removal Instructions For Pinterest Virus

Update: Here’s a few more instructions on how to deal with Pinterest viruses:

Have you been affected by a Pinterest virus? Please share in the comments.
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@Pin Frustration Me too!!!  I can’t get rid of it. I even emailed Pinterest.  Did you ever get rid of it?

Jocelyn
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has anyone actually ended up with a virus on their computer as a result of Pinterest?

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I lost today on my iPhone my entire calendar , notes and a lot of contacts including my emails stuffed and some texts. Still could be more problems I’m yet to discover. Such a mess. Deleted Pinterest app.

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has anyone actually ended up with a virus on their computer as a result of Pinterest?

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I believe my friend and I were the victim of a Pinterest hijacking of sorts. Both my friend and I had clicked on links that took us to an ad site instead of the recipe we clicked on and we both ended up with very large ads in our facebook pages that were flashy and annoying, complete with a banner at top and bottom the width of our page. Some of the ads played video ads without you even clicking on them and you couldnt stop them. A fake chat box with a sleazily dressed gal saying she was bored in our area also popped up that you could not X out of, if you tried to close it you would have another page open that was an ad for porn sites. Near as I can figure is that we were hijacked to another page where these things were loaded, making them malware…just say no to ALL fb apps, I have had problems with nearly every one including Farm games….this one snuck in by receiving an invite via my regular mail and it never made me do the usual facebook app agreement and then it started posting all over my fb page every move I made on Pinterest….annoying at best.

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I got a Pinterest virus as well, and it’s an even bigger pain in the butt! I have no idea how it happened, but overnight I went from having 3 boards that I’d created myself, to 120 boards, most of them having one image and most of those images being weight loss ads. Now I guess I’m stuck deleting the boards one by one. :(

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