Instagram password hacking virus removal guide
What is Instagram password hacking tool?
Cyber criminals attempt to trick users into installing malware on their computers in various ways. In most cases, they disguise a malicious file or program as legitimate and hope that users open/launch it. In this particular case, cyber criminals claim that there is a tool available, which is capable of hacking Instagram accounts. Their main goal is to trick people into launching/executing an installer designed to install this tool. In fact, the installer is malicious and designed to infect operating systems with malware.
The installer for this Instagram password hacking tool can be downloaded through a specific PDF document, which contains a download link. The link downloads a malicious executable file named "setup_instagram password setup app_7217427490.exe" (its name might vary), which then installs malware. It is unknown exactly which malicious software it installs, however, it is very likely to infect computers with ransomware, a Remote Administration Trojan (or other type of Trojan), cryptocurrency miner, or other malicious software that enables the cyber criminals to generate revenue in some way. Commonly, they attempt to deceive users into installing malware that steals sensitive information, encrypts files, or mines cryptocurrency using computer resources. Therefore, by launching the aforementioned installer, users might become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary, data loss, lose access to various personal accounts (such as email, banking, social media), or experience problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, etc. Therefore, do not execute files that supposedly install software such as the Instagram password hacking tool.
|Name||Instagram password hacking malware|
|Threat Type||Trojan, ransomware, Remote Access Trojan, password-stealing virus, banking malware, spyware.|
|Detection Names||Arcabit (Trojan.Adware.Barys.DD3A1), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.Barys.54177), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/DownloadAssistant.Y Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:Downloader.Win32.Generic), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Payload||This malicious executable file can be designed to install various malicious software.|
|Symptoms||Malicious programs are often designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim's computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software 'cracks'.|
|Damage||Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim's computer added to a botnet.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Some examples of other malware that cyber criminals distribute in similar ways are Fob (ransomware), FRAT (Remote Access Trojan) and CollectorStealer (information stealer). These malicious programs are distributed with different malicious intent, however, all three malware types can cause serious problems. Examples of how cyber criminals distribute these malicious programs are described in the next paragraph.
How did Instagram password hacking malware infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware
Software and files should not be downloaded through third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks or the other tools that we mentioned above. Third party installers also cannot be trusted. Files and programs should be downloaded only from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Attachments or website links in irrelevant emails that are received from unknown, suspicious addresses should not be opened. These emails are often sent by cyber criminals who seek to proliferate malware. Installed software must be activated and updated with tools designed by official software developers. Avoid third party updaters and activators. Furthermore, the use of 'cracking' tools to activate software is illegal. Keep operating systems safe by regularly scanning them for threats with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Appearance of a PDF document used to distribute a malicious executable disguised as an Instagram password hacking tool (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Instagram password hacking tool?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Instagram password hacking malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.