Ads by Unfriend Alert

Also Known As: Unfriend Alert adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Unfriend Alert removal instructions

What is Unfriend Alert?

According to the developers (Fun Technology), Unfriend Alert immediately notifies the user when someone removes him/her from the Facebook friend list. This application may seem legitimate and useful, however, Unfriend Alert is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Unfriend Alert is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software without users' consent. Therefore, many users inadvertently install this rogue app along with free software downloaded from freeware download websites. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, pop-under, and coupon ads are displayed. Some of these advertisements can redirect to rogue websites, and therefore, clicking them may result in further high-risk computer infections.

Unfriend Alert adware

Most users are unaware that Unfriend Alert continually monitors their Internet browsing activity and gathers various browsing-related information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location, websites visited/pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, etc. Information recorded by this rogue app may be personally identifiable and lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Unfriend Alert is regular adware and similar to other applications of the same type. For instance, Surprise Savings, FlashGameRockstar, Excellent Coupons, and EpsanDrive all offer features to enhance the Internet browsing experience in some way, however, they provide no real value for the user. The purpose of adware-type applications is to generate revenue by displaying intrusive online advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties. Therefore, you should uninstall this PUP from your system immediately.

Most adware is distributed on freeware download websites such as downloads.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc. These websites employ small programs called 'download clients' as traffic and free services monetization tools. Download clients (also called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download tools', etc.) supposedly ease the download process, however, they are developed to display offers to install additional programs together with the chosen (free) software. Although these promoted applications are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', most are categorized as adware or malware. To avoid this situation, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that only the chosen program is included. In addition, install downloaded software using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any third party applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Unfriend Alert adware, the following instructions will guide you through removal of this rogue app from your system.

Unfriend Alert adware installer set-up:

Unfriend Alert adware installer

Screenshot of the Unfriend Alert adware application:

Unfriend Alert adware app

Unfriend Alert adware generating intrusive online ads ('Unfriend Alert Ads'):

unfriend alert generating pop-up ads sample 2 unfriend alert generating pop-up ads sample 1 unfriend alert ads sample 1 unfriend alert ads sample 2 unfriend alert ads sample 3

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Quick menu:

Unfriend Alert adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Unfriend Alert adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "UnfriendAlert", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Unfriend Alert ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Unfriend Alert adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Unfriend Alert did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Unfriend Alert ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Unfriend Alert ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the unfriend alert adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Unfriend Alert  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Unfriend Alert ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the unfriend alert adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Unfriend Alert ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Unfriend Alert ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with unfriend alert adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the unfriend alert adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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