InstaTime – Research Report and Review
As its name suggest, InstaTime may be the part of Instagram but the fact is, it’s officially not associated with Instagram (a popular social media site). InstaTime claims to provide direct access to Instagram through your computer but it fails to deliver the promises. First, it takes over on your web browser like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, creates virtual layers and starts injecting a whole lot of advertising contents in order to generate online marketing revenue. These ads may be intrusive in nature, may collect your credential informations including system configuration details by suggesting you fill up online forms or complete some survey to win prizes.
Due to having such features, security experts have categorized InstaTime as a nasty adware application. Moreover, it has no digital signature, so that you can not trust such adware application with your credentials. Suppose, you try to login Instagram using your Login details through InstaTime Browser extension, is there any guarantee that remote attacker or server operator will not collect your login credentials? Of course not, they will definitely steal your credentials and take advantages of your unsuspecting behavior in order to gain benefits.
InstaTime Adware – How does it spread?
InstaTime is available on its official website and some other less reputed online software stores. Internet users are offered to download it for free. But you should note that installing InstaTime adware may not provide any useful facilities but it will surely make you feel irritated by display countless ads in the form of pop ups, banners, flash videos, audio, light boxes, hyperlinked text and so on.
InstaTime is also being distributed along with free games/software. Hence, if you have a habit to install software without paying close attention then this adware may invade your computer without your awareness. Actually, the adware is programmed to perform stealth installed while you install freeware like Media Player, PDF converter, Galaxy Strike, Movie maker etc.
Therefore, if you want to avoid InstaTime adware installation, you have to go through Advanced/Custom installation process at the time when you install free applications. There you will get option to decline all additional programs. Now it’s time, you should follow the given instructions to delete InstaTime from your computer.
How to uninstall InstaTime from infected PC
Restart your Computer in Safe Mode
A. How to Start Win 8 / Win 10 in Safe Mode with Networking to Remove InstaTime
- Please restart the system and press Shift + F8 keys.
- The latest version of Windows machine will display Recovery Mode, instead of seeing Advance Boot Options. However, continue with the steps given below until you reach the “Safe Mode” function.
- Now, tap on “See advanced repair options”.
- Then after, click on “Troubleshoot” and select “Advanced options”.
- On next window, choose Windows Startup Settings.
- At last, tap on “Restart” button. Win 8 / 10 PC will now restart and boot into the “Advanced Boot Option” where you can run the computer in Safe Mode with Networking.
B. How to Start Windows XP / Vista / 7 in Safe Mode with Networking
- Please restart your system and just before the Windows start, press F8 key on your keyboard continuously. Now, you’ll be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
From the options, select “Safe Mode with Networking”. Although, please use the keyboard’s arrow up/down in order to navigate between selections and hit Enter to proceed.
You need to open task manager by right click on taskbar and selecting start task manager as shown in picture
Now look at the various processes running and identify them [InstaTime process] , if they look suspicious then you need to end them. You can search for various processes running on google and take your decision about suspicious processes.
Now you need to open control panel. For this you need to run “appwiz.cpl” in run window.
Press Win key and R together, a window will appear. Now write “appwiz.cpl” to open control panel.
Now look out for add remove program in control panel. Open it and remove InstaTime or any suspicious programs installed.
Now you need to remove startup entries which are suspicious or not needed.
Click win key and R key together, a window will open write “msconfig” and hit enter
Now you need to go to the startup tab and browse through list of programs and uncheck suspicious programs from the list
You must be able to remove InstaTime by following these steps.. And if still you are not able to remove it, just write to us we will make sure that your system is clean.