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Draza

Instagram malware?

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I have Alcatel Idol 3, i had instagram on it before, account connected to facebook, but one day my facebook got infected by instagram virus, porn images started poping on my profile, weired msgs to evrybody, images had link below, in link it mentioned instagram, i dont remember link correctly it was few months ago, but now i want to create instagram profile all my friends are using it. Im worried this will happan again. What can i do to prevent it? and How would i detect it and remove, i have your program on my phone but it shows no infected programs or malwares. I had to delete my facebook account and deinstall instagram. I have new facebook profile i dont want to delete it again.

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Hello, from which source, was Instagram downloaded?

MAM

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Hi Draza,

Most likely what you were seeing was ad pop-ups, and not an actual infection of Facebook.  These types of ads are browser related. This is caused by the way most browsers handle redirections executed by javascript code.  Most browsers don't do a great job of preventing these redirects, which also cause ad pop-ups.  Advertising affiliates are aware of this, and exploit this weakness.  Even if an  advertising affiliate is shut down for using this exploit, they just come back with a different affiliate id and are right back at it.

The best way to block these pop-ups are to try a different browsers, disable javascript, install a browser with ad blocking (like Opera), and/or install Ad-block Plus.

If you encounter these pop-ups again, back out of them using Android's back key. Also, clearing your history and cache will help stop the ads from reoccurring.

Nathan

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