What is Unfriend Monitor?
According to the developers, Unfriend Monitor is a legitimate app that notifies users when someone 'unfriends' them on Facebook - "Find out what Facebook is not telling you and see who your real friends are with Unfriend Monitor. With the alerts, you will be notified when someone has unfriended you.".
This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Unfriend Monitor is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The main reason for these negative associations is the dubious behavior exhibited by this adware. Unfriend Monitor stealthily installs without users' consent, tracks Internet browsing activity, and delivers intrusive advertisements.
Information collected during browser tracking is stored on a remote server and later shared with third parties, and since it may contain personally identifiable details, can be misused to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Furthermore, to display the advertisements, the developers employ a virtual layer allowing placement of any graphical content on visited websites. The displayed ads do not originate from the visited webpage. They hide the underlying content, and thus, diminish the Internet browsing experience (since users must continually avoid clicking the ads).
In addition, clicked advertisements might redirect to rogue websites containing infectious content, thereby causing further computer infections. You are strongly advised to uninstall Unfriend Monitor adware immediately.
Unfriend Monitor claims regarding online advertising:
Unfriend Monitor is entirely free to use, but may show advertisements while installed. These promotions help us keep Unfriend List awesome and free for you.
There are a number of applications (for example, Unfriend List and Unfriend Watch) identical to Unfriend Monitor. As this application is regular adware, it is very similar to hundreds of other PUPs also claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing experience in various ways.
For example, RightCoupon, Savings Ship, PriceLess, and DealShopSave claim to save time and money while shopping online. As with Unfriend Monitor, they merely display advertisements and collect personally identifiable information. Adware-type applications are developed to generate revenue for the developers - they provide no significant value for the user.
How did Unfriend Monitor install on my computer?
Unfriend Monitor infiltrates systems without users' consent. To achieve this, the developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs with regular software.
Research shows that most users rush the download and installation procedures and skip most/all of the steps. As a result, users are often unaware of concealed apps, and by rushing these processes, they inadvertently install bogus apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Caution is the key to computer safety. Never rush the download and installation processes. Closely analyze each step of the software download procedure and ensure that only the chosen application is downloaded. In addition, applications should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any concealed apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
Unfriend Monitor adware installer set-up:
Screenshot of the Unfriend Monitor application:
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- What is Unfriend Monitor?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Unfriend Monitor application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Unfriend Monitor adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Unfriend Monitor ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Unfriend Monitor' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Unfriend Monitor ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Unfriend Monitor 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 "UnfriendMonitor", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Unfriend Monitor ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Unfriend Monitor adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Unfriend Monitor 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 ads by unfriend monitor, 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 ads by unfriend monitor, 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 ads by unfriend monitor 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 ads by unfriend monitor, 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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