Do not use the snapinsta.io illegal MP3 download website
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of page is snapinsta[.]io?
While investigating suspicious websites, our researchers discovered the snapinsta[.]io webpage. It is a YouTube converter, i.e., this site allows users to convert videos from said platform into download audio (MP3) files. This service breaks copyright laws. Snapinsta[.]io also uses rogue advertising networks, which are known to push unreliable and dangerous content. Furthermore, this webpage promotes spam browser notifications.
Visitors to websites like snapinsta[.]io are likely to access a variety of untrustworthy and hazardous webpages unintentionally. Sites monetized via rogue advertising networks can force-open pages immediately upon access or when hosted content is interacted with (e.g., clicking buttons, links, text input fields, ads, etc.).
Websites pushed by these networks can run scams, e.g., phishing (e.g., "ShibaInu AirDrop scam", "USPS pop-up scam", etc.), tech support (e.g., "Your Windows OS Is Damaged", "Windows Firewall Protection Alert", etc.), giveaway (e.g., "FIFA Crypto Giveaway", "MicroStrategy Crypto Giveaway", etc.), virus/error alert (e.g., "McAfee - TROJAN_2022 And Other Viruses Detected", "Norton - Your Phone May Be Receiving Many Spam Texts", etc.), and so on.
Rogue advertising networks also promote sites that proliferate adware, browser hijackers, PUAs, fake anti-viruses, and even trojans, ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, and other malware – typically under the guise of legitimate and useful products.
At the time of research, snapinsta[.]io also requested its browser notification delivery to be enabled. If allowed, the webpage will spam users with advertisements promoting likewise dubious and malicious content.
Keep in mind that while legitimate products or services can be encountered through rogue advertising networks and spam browser notifications – they are unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers/creators. It is most probable that the encounters are due to scammers abusing the content's affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions for the promotion.
To summarize, through pages like snapinsta[.]io – users can experience system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
Hence, we advise against visiting/using illegal downloading or streaming, Torrenting, and other websites that usually employ rogue advertising networks.
|Name||Ads by snapinsta.io|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, false claims within visited websites, potentially unwanted applications (adware)|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Yt2conv[.]com, mp3-now[.]com, ytmp3[.]sh, youconvert[.]net, and greenconvert[.]net are just some examples of other YouTube converter sites that we have analyzed. Various types of websites are monetized via rogue advertising networks. Typically, such pages host illegal or questionable content.
Due to how widespread rogue sites are – we highly recommend exercising caution when browsing.
What threats does visiting a rogue website pose?
Websites that use rogue advertising networks promote scams and untrustworthy/malicious software. Online scams are deceptive messages intended to trick users into performing specific actions.
For example, victims can be lured into disclosing private data (e.g., personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc.), calling fake support lines, allowing cyber criminals to access devices remotely, purchasing products, subscribing to services, downloading/installing software, and so forth.
The programs promoted through these advertising networks can pose various threats. Installing the endorsed apps or browser extensions can result in users encountering annoying and intrusive advertisements, experiencing rogue redirects to suspect sites, having their browsing activity tracked, etc. Users can also get scammed out of their money by bogus software that requires purchase – but does not operate as advertised even after it is bought.
By far the most dangerous are malware infections, which may lead to diminished system performance or failure, severe privacy issues, data loss, hardware damage, significant financial losses, and even identity theft.
How to avoid visiting rogue websites?
We advise against using websites that offer pirated programs/media or other questionable services (e.g., Torrenting, illegal streaming/downloading, etc.) – since these sites typically use rogue advertising networks. Always pay attention to URLs and enter them with care, as misspelling a domain may result in a redirect landing on a rogue webpage.
Intrusive ads and spam browser notifications endorse these websites as well. To avoid receiving undesirable browser notifications – do not permit dubious pages to deliver them (i.e., do not click "Allow", "Allow Notifications", etc.). Instead, ignore or deny notification requests from such sites (i.e., select "Block", "Block Notifications", etc.).
Additionally, adware is capable of endorsing rogue websites by force-opening them or through the advertisements it displays. Therefore, download only from official/verified channels and approach installation with caution (e.g., read terms, use "Custom/Advanced" settings, opt-out of supplementary apps, extensions, etc.) – to prevent bundled and harmful software from infiltrating the system.
If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of the snapinsta[.]io website (GIF):
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- What is Ads by snapinsta.io?
- STEP 1. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome
- STEP 2. Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android)
- STEP 3. Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox
- STEP 4. Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge
- STEP 5. Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS)
Disable unwanted browser notifications:
Video showing how to disable web browser notifications:
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome:
Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". In the opened window select "Privacy and security", then click on "Site Settings" and choose "Notifications".
In the "Allowed to send notifications" list search for websites that you want to stop receiving notifications from. Click on the three dots icon near the website URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Google Chrome (Android):
Tap the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and select "Settings". Scroll down, tap on "Site settings" and then "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and tap on them one-by-one. Once the pop-up shows up, select either "Block" or "Remove" (if you tap "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen. Select "Settings" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications".
In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and block them using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove Website" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove Website" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Microsoft Edge:
Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings". Click on "Cookies and site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications".
Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again).
Remove spam notifications from Safari (macOS):
Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences...". Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane.
Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option using the drop-down menu or either remove them by clicking "Remove" at the bottom of the window (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
How to avoid browser notification spam?
Internet users should be very skeptical when being asked to allow notifications. While this is a useful feature that allows you to receive timely news from websites you like, deceptive marketers frequently abuse it.
Only allow notifications from websites that you fully trust. For added security - use an anti-malware application with a real-time web browsing monitor to block shady websites that tries to trick you into allowing spam notifications. We recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I have clicked on ads, is my computer infected?
This type of malvertising is a rarely used technique. Hence, while it is possible to trigger a system infection chain by clicking a malicious ad – it is unlikely to be the case. The more common malware proliferation method is for an advertisement to redirect users to a malicious website, which can either stealthily download/install the software or trick visitors into doing so themselves.
Is snapinsta[.]io a virus?
No, snapinsta[.]io is not classified as a virus. However, this site employs rogue advertising networks that do promote virulent content, e.g., online scams, unreliable/hazardous software, and even malware.
Will Combo Cleaner eliminate the threats posed by snapinsta[.]io website?
Combo Cleaner is designed to detect and eliminate threats. It is capable of scanning the websites you visit and alerting you if they are found to be rogue, deceptive, or malicious. Additionally, it can block all further access to such sites. Combo Cleaner can also scan downloaded files for dangerous content.
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