What is Unfriend List?
The Unfriend List application supposedly warns users when someone 'unfriends' them on Facebook - "See Who Unfriended You. With Facebook Unfriend List. Because knowing who your friends are is just as important as who aren't your friends."
These claims may trick some users into believing that Unfriend List is a legitimate and useful application, however, it is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Following successful infiltration, Unfriend List tracks Internet browsing activity and displays intrusive online advertisements.
The rogue app continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and collects various software and hardware information that may be personally identifiable. This information is stored on a remote server, later shared with third parties, and might later be misused to generate revenue - thereby causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
In addition, Unfriend list displays various intrusive advertisements such as banner, pop-under, and pop-up ads. These delivered ads conceal the underlying content, diminishing users' Internet browsing experience. They may also redirect to rogue websites containing infectious content.
There is a high probability that clicking them will lead to further computer infections, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall Unfriend List from your system immediately.
Unfriend List claims regarding online advertising:
Unfriend List is entirely free to use, but may show advertisements while installed. These promotions help us keep Unfriend List awesome and free for you.
Although Unfriend List is identical to Unfriend Watch, there are hundreds of other applications that share many similarities. For instance, Computer Pal, iWebar, Shopperz, and RightCoupon also claim to offer 'useful' features. In fact, none (including Unfriend List) provide the functionality promised.
As with many other adware-type applications, Unfriend List is developed to generate revenue for the developers by displaying advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties. It provides no real value to the user.
How did Unfriend List install on my computer?
Adware-type applications such as Unfriend List are usually distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs with regular software.
Many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software, and thus, bundling becomes a very effective method. Users often skip most of the download and installation procedure steps, unaware that rogue apps are concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. In this way, they inadvertently install rogue applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of apps such Unfriend List can be avoided by taking a number of simple measures. Closely observe the download procedure of all software and opt-out of any bundled applications. Furthermore, installation of programs should be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings - this will reveal any third party programs listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
Unfriend List adware installation set-up:
Screenshot of Unfriend List application:
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- What is Unfriend List?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Unfriend List application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Unfriend List adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Unfriend List ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Unfriend List' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Unfriend List ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Unfriend List adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "UnfriendList", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Unfriend List ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Unfriend List adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Unfriend List 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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the unfriendlist 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the unfriendlist adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with unfriendlist adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the unfriendlist adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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