This article has been created in order to help explain how to remove the Instagram RayBan tag scam from your computer and stop it from auto tagging your friends from your profile.
The previously detected Facebook RayBan scam which we analyzed to happen in Facebook was encountered once more to occur via Instagram as well. The scam is likely caused by malware which enters your computer via more than one methods. The scam aims to take over Facebook and then Instagram accounts only to get victims to visit phishing pages that imitate the original Ray-Ban.com website, but in fact, may be aiming to trick victims into entering their financial data by luring them with discounts on RayBan® sunglasses.
|Name||RayBan Instagram Scam|
|Short Description||Takes control of the victim’s Instagram account and causes automatic shares as well as tagging to pictures that advertise RayBan sunglases with discounts.|
|Symptoms||Your profile starts automatically sharing pictures and tagging your friends.|
|Distribution Method||Via spammed web links and via other users that have already been infected.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by RayBan Instagram Scam |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss RayBan Instagram Scam.|
RayBan Insta Virus – How Did I Get It
If you have had the chance of already seeing these pictures on some of your friends profiles on via your profile, there is a good chance that an infection campaign of tis virus is taking place. The strongest symptom that your device has been compromised by this malware is that your profile is sharing Ray-Ban images like the following on Instagram:
When the website on the shared picture is checked on online services, like Scamadviser, it is immediately established that the site is a high-risk one that is based in China, meaning that the spamming virus may originate from a place within China.
The main theory which experts believe to be leading users to become infected by this spamming virus is if you have clicked on a URL that is suspicious due to being careless. This may ultimately result in the direct installation of the malware that is related to this virus without you even noticing it. Furthermore, this software may also exist via an app or a browser extension that has obtained permissions to post on your behalf on Instagram and Facebook. Such apps often pretend to be useful, but the permissions which they use are privacy-invasive and they allow those apps to share absolutely any content on your behalf, making you both – the victim and the perpetrator. Keep reading this article to learn more about how this virus acts nefariously on your computer and how to make sure that it is stopped for good.
RayBan Virus on Facebook and Instagram – Complete Analysis
The first indicator of the RayBan Instagram Scam virus that posts RayBan photos appeared in the distant year 2016, where web links started appearing with the RayBan pictures offering sunglasses for sale under the following messages:
“Rayban Sunglasses Sale – Save 90% Payment Currency (USD, GBP, EUR) Latest Styles & Fast Shipping – Buy Now!”
Tbe messages followed a long and custom third-party URLs alongside a picture, which looks like the following:
Then, a year later, in 2017, reports have appeared of the scamming messages to continue to operate. One victim has stated the following to happen on her computer:
Hi, I got a facebook virus that posted photos of Ray Ban sunglasses and tagged a bunch of my friends in them. I’m not sure what caused it but two things happened the day the pictures were posted. The first thing was that I got a notification that somebody accessed my facebook account. I was in school at the time and so I didn’t do anything about it. Second thing was that I got an email that seemed completely legit but when I clicked it, it took me to a suspicious site which I closed immediately.
What is particularly interesting is that the victim also somehow received a spammed e-mail message which also leads to the same suspicious site advertised in the pictures and a custom redirect URL. We believe that the e-mails are extracted from compromised Facebook and Instagram accounts as a result of browser extensions on the web browsers of victims or suspicious apps being installed and now there is one more version – spammed web links on e-mail messages.
As soon as the RayBan Instagram Scam has taken over the control of your computer, it might as well do more than just share third-party web links. It may perform other malicious activities on your computer, such as:
- Log the keystrokes you type.
- Install malware on your computer.
- Self-update in order to remain hidden.
- Take screenshots on your device.
- Track the websites you visit and the inforamtion you type in them.
But the main purpose of the RayBan Instagram Scam is to keep spreading those fake web links that lead to the fraudulent RayBan sites. These sites may often resemble the original sites and the scam is continuing to evolve which suggests that the scammers are tracking the original site. Here is how the original site of RayBan (www.ray-ban.com) looked in comparison to the website which we detected to be associated with the scams:
The scam has kept evolving adding newer and newer pictures on Instagram. Here are the ones that we have detected to appear so far:
Be advised that if you see RayBan Instagram Scam virus on your friend’s profile to not open the web links under absolutely any circumstances, since it may lure you to enter your financial information in order to purchase sunglasses. This may result in financial theft of your personal information and may even result in financial loss i.e. you may order a product that will not arrive.
How to Get Rid of RayBan Scam Virus on Instagram (PC and Mobile Removal)
Before actually removing RayBan Instagram Scam, there are several things that you should assume, especially if the malware is posting from your profile and the main one of those is that you have been compromised. This is why we advise you to log in from a clean device that is malware-free and perform the following activities:
1. Restrict Facebook and Instagram additions groups and other types of entities to use your Instagram and Facebook account.
2. Log out all of the previous Facebook and Instagram logins from all of the devices.
3. Change your password and enable two-factor authentication.
As soon as this has happened, you should immediately start removing this RayBan Instagram Scam virus from your PC. The best methods to do so is by following the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created to help you delete this virus either manually or automatically. If you lack the experience in removing this malware manually from your computer, security experts strongly advise removing it automatically, preferably with the aid of advanced anti-malware software, for which we also have a suggestion underneath. Such a tool will effectively scan your computer for malware and make sure to help you remove the RayBan virus from your computer plus detect other intrusive programs and fully secure your PC against future infections.
If you use Instagram and Facebook on your smartphone only, we strongly recommend that you immediately reset your device back to its factory settings so that you are able to delete all apps and thus delete the malicious RayBan Instagram Scam app that is taking over your Instagram and Facebook permissions to display the RayBan virus messages.