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 some malicious file or program as legitimate and hope that users will open, launch it. In this particular case cyber criminals claim that there is a tool which is capable of hacking Instagram accounts. Their main goal is to trick users into launching/executing an installer which supposed to install the aforementioned tool. Although, that installer is malicious/designed to infect operating systems with some malware.
The installer for this Instagram password hacking tool can be downloaded through a certain PDF document which contains a download link. It downloads a malicious executable file named "setup_instagram password setup app_7217427490.exe" (its name may vary) which is designed to install some malware. It is unknown what malicious software it installs, although, it is very likely that it is designed to infect a computer with some ransomware, Remote Administration Trojan (or other type of Trojan), cryptocurrency miner, or other malicious software that would help cyber criminals to generate revenue in one or another way. It is common that they attempt to deceive users into installing malware that is designed to steal sensitive information, encrypt files, mine cryptocurrency using computer resources. Therefore, by launching the aforementioned installer users may become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary, data loss, lose access to various personal accounts (like email, banking, social media accounts), experience problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, etc. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to execute files that supposed install illegal software like 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||Quite often malicious programs are 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 malware that cyber criminals distribute in similar ways are Fob (ransomware), FRAT (Remote Access Trojan) and CollectorStealer (information stealer). These are the malicious programs that are distributed with different malicious intents. Although, all these three malware types can be the culprit of serious problems. Examples of how cyber criminals distribute such 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 any other tools that we mentioned above. Third party installers cannot be trusted too. 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. Such emails often are sent by cyber criminals who seek to proliferate various malware. Also, installed software must be activated and/or updated with tools that are designed by official software developers and not some third party updaters, activators. Additional problem with 'cracking' tools is that it is not legal to activate any software with them. One more way to keep operating systems safe is to regularly scan them for threats with a 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 malicious executable disguised as 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.