Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is only available for mobile devices. Its popularity, however, makes it attractive for spammers and scammers, wrote Satnam Narang, a security response manager with Symantec, on Tuesday.
“Both of the supposed versions of Instagram for PC do not deliver as promised,” Narang wrote. “This is just another vehicle for the scammers to convince users to fill out surveys, so they earn money through shady affiliate programs.”
The good news is that there doesn’t appear to be any malware in the download. It’s just a big waste of time.
Clicking the link downloads a .rar folder full of files. Trying to run the application causes an error message that asks if you want to download a missing file that’s required and asks you to take a survey in order to get it.
Needless to say, one survey leads to another and another.
There are a number of legit hipstagram and instagram like “actions” for Photoshop, I’ve tried several with varying degrees of success. They’re kind of quirky and require lots of toying with several sliders to achieve the desired look. Sometimes you have to apply several effects on top of that to get the final appearance.
In the end I gave up and deleted them, too much work just to make a digital pic look like an old solarized, faded, and blurry Kodachrome or Polaroid. Turns out I can make crappy looking shoops without any assistance.