InstaQuick (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

InstaQuick Removal Guide

What is InstaQuick?

InstaQuick is a potentially unwanted program designed to run intrusive ad campaigns while you browse

InstaQuick virusAdware-type program that pretends to be a useful Instagram replacement on desktop

InstaQuick is an application that is advertised as a tool that would allow you to access Instagram via the desktop. However, its functionality, in reality, is rather deceptive, as its main goal is to deliver users deals, offers, pop-ups, banners, and all other types of advertisements. Therefore, while this app is installed, you might constantly suffer from intrusive ads while browsing the web on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser.

In the background, InstaQuick adware might also collect all types of information about its users for more profits. Hence, having it running on your computer may also cause some serious privacy issues.

Name InstaQuick
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program, rogue application, Corrupt app
Alleged functionality It is presented as a standalone application for Instagram social media account for desktop
Distribution Software bundles, third-party websites, deceptive ads, fake Flash Player updates
Symptoms You may notice intrusive offers, discounts, deals, and other advertisements while browsing; possible homepage and new tab address changes; redirects to suspicious websites that promote dangerous software or ask to provide personal information
Dangers Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, malware infections, monetary losses, privacy issues, etc.
Elimination You can uninstall the app manually as per instructions we provide below. For automatic elimination, we suggest you try using anti-malware software such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner
Further steps Malware or adware infections can diminish the performance of your computer or cause serious stability issues. Use ReimageIntego to remediate your device and ensure that the virus damage is fixed

You might have installed the app intentionally, believing that it would allow you to have a standalone app for Instagram for desktop. Only after the installation would you notice suspicious web browser behavior – this, hopefully, would prompt you to think of InstaQuick adware removal options.

In other cases, users reported that they had found this app running on their Windows computers seemingly out of nowhere. This happens due to a deceptive distribution practice known as bundling, where the installer does not immediately report about optional apps that would be installed on the system.

The activities of this app can be rather intrusive, as pop-ups may start showing up on websites that do not originally show such ads. These advertisements may be marked as Ads by InstaQuick.

Since some users might not even know that the app is installed on their systems, they may call it a virus. However, the app is not malicious, although it does not mean it cannot pose any dangers to those using it. For example, clicking links provided by it may cause redirects to scam, phishing, or even malware-laden websites, where a malicious script may be executed without user interaction automatically.

As already mentioned, it may also start tracking[1] your online activities, such as which websites you visit, what online purchases you make, or what search queries you type. This information tracking is typical to adware,[2], and its developers often share this data with other third-parties. In some cases, the adware may even record personal details, such as emails or social media account info.

InstaQuickPotentially unwanted program that might not ask for your permission to be installed on your computer

Thus, regardless if you installed the app intentionally or not, you should remove InstaQuick from your computer as soon as possible. Keep in mind that cleaning web browsers is an extremely important process when dealing with adware. So check out the instructions below, or employ an automatic option – ReimageIntego – for the job.

How a small installer can result in several app installation

Most installers that you download currently work online, i.e., they are initially just a link to and URL where the data needed for installation is downloaded from. In essence, the installer can call up as many programs to be installed at once as it is set to do – this is the principle of software bundling.

Developers of PUPs abuse the fact that many users are relatively careless when they install new apps on their devices. In particular, third-party websites that host various software are interested in this scheme, as it is one of the monetization methods for them. Thus, there are several tricks that are employed by distributors or/and developers in order to make users install apps they did not want in the first place.

Security researchers from novirus.uk[3] advise people to be more careful when downloading unknown apps from the internet. Always check the installation instructions careful, and never rush through steps. Pick Advanced options instead of Recommended if such a choice is provided and untick all the pre-ticked checkboxes.

Delete Potentially Unwanted Application and other junk from your PC

Potentially unwanted programs are called so for a reason – they usually possess deceptive functions that sometimes might even cause harm to consumers. Since many of such apps arrive at users computers without asking for a direct permission, they should be eliminated as soon as they are discovered. PUA removal can be done either manually or automatically.

If you want to remove InstaQuick adware swiftly, we recommend you scan your machine with anti-malware software. This way, you will not only get rid of this intrusive app quickly but will also check whether more malicious programs are present on your device. Manual elimination is also possible – simply follow the steps below and do not forget to clean your web browsers accordingly.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of InstaQuick. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of InstaQuick registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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