How to remove InstaTime Adware
What is InstaTime:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
The developers of InstaTime are claiming that this application will allow you to use Instagram directly from your desktop, however after running some tests and performing a very close review, our malware researchers have classified it as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and an Adware. On first look, InstaTime may seem as useful and handy social messaging application, however it is not affiliated with Instagram in any way, meaning that it has been developed by a 3rd party. The main problems with InstaTime come with the intrusive ad marketing techniques and the distribution method it uses – software bundles. By using software bundles to get a program computer users often didn’t understand that they are actually installing several products, some of which could be questionable and others even dangerous. The main goal of the InstaTime is to start streaming lots of unwanted web ads and to monitor and collect various system and user activities and information. Almost all the reputable malware researchers around the world have also classified InstaTime as an adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and strongly recommend users to avoid it. Our security consultants suggest you to remove InstaTime as soon as possible, because it present a significant threat to your system performance and safety as well as your online identity. For automatic removal of the InstaTime adware, we strongly recommend the latest, award-winning anti-malware product SpyHunter 4. If you start getting lots of annoying web ads, which states By InstaTime, Ads by InstaTime, InstaTime Ads, Powered By InstaTime, Brought by InstaTime or Brought to you by InstaTime – you should consider your computer compromised and infected by an adware and we suggest you to take steps to clean it. InstaTime adware works well with all known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Usually, users that have InstaTime adware installed on their computers might experience various intrusive and very irritating pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results have being compromised as well, most likely overloaded with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.
InstaTime is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and has being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of InstaTime varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove InstaTime adware:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove InstaTime adware Automatic:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect InstaTime and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove InstaTime adware Manual:
!!! Please note: You can remove InstaTime Adware/PUP manually. However, you should go ahead at your own risk. Any of the manual interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove InstaTime Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to InstaTime, Ads by Mgid, Startmain.ru, Search Manager, Traffic-media.co, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Teoma.com, Ludashi, MPC Cleaner, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, Syndication.exoclick.com, Safebrowsing.biz, SafeSurfs.com, Searchguide.level3.com, YeaBests.cc or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless we recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are real infections and you may not been able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove InstaTime from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and will reset. When it’s done, a window will list the imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will re-start.
3. Remove any folders or files related to InstaTime by checking the following locations: