Beware of Instagram virus – your account can be hacked!
Instagram virus is a term that comprises various malware targeting users of this giant social media platform. Sadly, just like any other popular social media platform, it is targeted by cyber criminals, who use it to commit cyber crimes. You probably have already heard about malware variants such as Facebook virus or Skype virus; in this article, we are going to define different forms of Instagram virus and provide information on how to protect yourself from malware that targets users of this social media application. If you suspect that your device has been infected, we suggest you follow Instagram virus removal guidelines (provided below the article) and remove the malicious program as soon as possible. You should also scan the device with anti-malware software – recommended ones are provided below the article.
The Ugly List 2016 scam. It is a new virus that rapidly spreads through Instagram with the help of infected accounts. The virus uses the compromised account to post a picture that says “Instagram Ugly List 2016,” and tags random victim’s friends in the picture with a short comment “LOL how did your profile on the list,” “omg your profile on the list,” “this is crazy all you guys are there” or “wow u made the ugly list.” If you have been tagged in such picture, do not click on such notifications. Typically, such malicious posts provide a URL that points to a malware-laden website, which steals user’s login details. A stolen account then is used for further virus proliferation. Please do not click on such eye-catching links and do not let your curiosity lead you to sites that compromise your social media account. If your account has been hacked, try to change your password, and if you can’t, report the problem to Instagram.
Instagram followers virus. This virus is closely related to the infamous Zeus virus, which was initially used to steal credit card information from victims. Now the virus hacks Instagram accounts and converts them to zombies that follow people and like their posts. So if you have noticed suspicious posts in your Instagram feed, you should quickly change your Instagram password and also remove Instagram virus that has your permission to like posts and follow people on your behalf. You should also take these permissions back by revoking app access.
Who Viewed Your Instagram Profile virus. There are bogus apps that falsely claim to be able to reveal people who viewed your profile on Instagram. Of course, all of us are curious, and it would be interesting to find out who repetitiously visits our social media accounts, but… Instagram does not provide such feature and third-party apps that promise to reveal names of people who visit your profile are simply lying to you. For example, apps like InstaCare – Who cares with me? or Who Viewed Me on Instagram? are developed by Turkyer Bayram – the same person who has created the infamous InstaAgent application that stole users’ login details and even posted unauthorized posts via victims’ accounts.
How did I get infected with this suspicious virus?
Although attacks against Instagram users is still not a very common phenomenon, we are sure that you have been tagged on shady pictures on instagram at least once. Accounts that tag random users on photos that promise thousands of likers and followers typically urge to visit a particular website, which often appears to be untrustworthy or even malicious. You should never click on vague links unless you know that the Insta account that advertises it is legitimate and trustworthy. The second thing to remember is that applications that promise you unique access to the list of people who viewed your profile are usually deceptive, and you should stay clear of them. You should never provide your login details to suspicious apps that promise to enormously increase your followers (they usually add bots that Instagram deletes after a while, so consequently you lose followers that you paid for). If you want to gather more followers and likers, focus on the content you pose, and better do not rely on suspicious vendors that suggest buying a pig in a poke.
How to remove Instagram virus?
If you suspect that your mobile device has a virus, you should scan it with anti-malware program compatible with your device. Suggested programs are Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. Finally, you should follow instructions provided below to finish Instagram virus removal and get rid of virus’ remains.
- The first thing that you should do is to revoke and block suspicious apps that have permissions to act on your behalf and control your Instagram account. Log in to your account via web browser. Don’t use the application – use a web browser.
- Go to your profile, then click Edit Profile. Next, click on Authorized Applications.
- Here, you can find a list of programs that have access to your account. You can find Revoke Access button below each of these programs. Click it and hit Yes when a confirmation pop-up appears.
- Change your password.
In case you cannot log in to your account, contact Instagram directly.