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Downloader for Instagram Malware


Downloader for Instagram

Downloader for Instagram is an advertising tool that gets added to Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers and hijacks their search engine and starting page. Once integrated with the browser, Downloader for Instagram begins putting ads on the user’s screen and redirecting their searches to unknown sites.

Downloader for Instagram

Downloader for Instagram manipulate your internet experience and redirecting you to other websites

The longer you keep such software added to your browser, the higher the chances of ending up on a page that contains harmful links, popups, or downloadables that may compromise your computer if you interact with them.

Downloader for Instagram itself is not intended to cause harm to any element in your system or any of your files. Many people mistake apps like it or Masterhost.space for viruses, Trojans, or even ransomware. This is not what we are talking about here. Downloader for Instagram is an app of the browser-hijacking variety and though it may seem like a dangerous and malicious app, it will, for the most part, prove to be harmless to your computer. However, as we said, its constant redirects to random sites and pages as well as the adverts that it injects in your search engine could easily land you on unreliable and potentially dangerous web locations. Considering this, the uninstallation of Downloader for Instagram is the best course of action you could take if you have noticed that the unwanted app has nested itself inside your main browser.

The Downloader for Instagram Malware

Another unpleasant trait of apps like the Downloader for Instagram malware is that they tend to gather data from your browser. Of course, this is not an uncommon practice in the current day and age but it must be said that, while most sites and apps explicitly inform the user about the data collection from their browsers and give them the option to limit or outright stop it, most hijackers like the Downloader for Instagram malware take a much more stealthy and sneaky approach when it comes to collecting telemetry data.

They rarely tell you about it and they almost never let you choose what types of data you are okay with being collected. On top of that, you can never be truly sure who ends up getting access to the information collected from your browser and how this information will be used. Sure, such data is pretty much always used for targeted advertising but there’s simply no guarantee it won’t eventually be used in more harmful ways.

Difficult removal

The last problem users have with Downloader for Instagram and other similar hijackers is how tricky they could be to remove. This is understandable, considering that the creators of such software gain more money the longer their hijackers are able to stay on the users’ computers. However, if you want to clean your computer and prevent Downloader for Instagram from potentially redirecting you to sites that may be dangerous, you still need to find a way to uninstall the app.

Hopefully, the guide we’ve prepared for our readers may help you remove this hijacker without any problems. In case the manual instructions aren’t enough, you can also resort to the recommended removal tool that you will find linked below.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Downloader for Instagram
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Usually, unwanted apps like Downloader for Instagram change the browser’s homepage and toolbar to ensure that the users get as many ads displayed on their screens as possible.
Distribution Method A commonly employed technique for distributing hijackers like this one is the use of software bundles.
Detection Tool

Remove Downloader for Instagram Malware

To try and remove Downloader for Instagram quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Downloader for Instagram extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Downloader for Instagram by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Downloader for Instagram and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Downloader for Instagram removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Downloader for Instagram from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Downloader for Instagram from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Downloader for Instagram from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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    About the author

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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