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Unfriend Review Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Unfriend Review
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Unfriend Review?

Unfriend Review presents itself as a legitimate app which, according to the developers, notifies users when someone 'unfriends' them on Facebook - "Want to See Who Unfriended You? With Facebook Unfriend Review, your life may never be the same."

The features offered may trick some users into believing that this application is trustworthy and useful, however, due to its rogue behavior, Unfriend Review is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Unfriend Review infiltrates computers without users' consent, displays intrusive online advertisements, and tracks Internet browsing activity.

Unfriend Review adware

Unfriend Review displays pop-up/under, banner, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, the developers employ a virtual layer allowing placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Since this content does not originate from the visited site, the Internet browsing experience is significantly diminished.

In addition, Unfriend Review collects various Internet browsing-related information. The recorded data is stored on a remote server and later shared with third parties.

The details may contain personally identifiable details and can be misused - this situation can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are advised to uninstall Unfriend Review adware immediately.

Unfriend Review claims regarding online advertising:

Unfriend Review is entirely free to use, but may show advertisements while installed. These promotions help us keep Unfriend Review awesome and free for you.

Unfriend Review is regular adware, and thus, shares many similarities with other applications of the same type including FilesFrog, Computer Pal, iWebar, and BetterBrowse.

In fact, Unfriend Monitor, Unfriend List, and Unfriend Watch are identical. Be aware that adware-type applications in general have very similar characteristics and all promise to provide 'useful' features.

Yet, none deliver any real value to the user. Adware applications such as Unfriend Review are developed to generate revenue by displaying advertisements and collecting personally identifiable data.

How did Unfriend Review install on my computer?

This application is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling - stealth installation of third party apps with regular software. The developers are aware that many users do not pay enough attention during the download and installation processes.

Thus, concealing installations within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings is an effective way to conceal rogue apps. Users often skip this section, unaware that they are inadvertently installing rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Infiltration of rogue apps can be prevented by taking a number of simple steps. Firstly, download procedures should be closely observed and all offers to install additional programs, declined.

Furthermore, never rush downloaded of any software - select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any deceptive programs listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

Unfriend Review adware installer set-up:

Official Unfriend review adware installation setup

Screenshot of Unfriend Review application:

Screenshot of deceptive Unfriend Review adware application

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Quick menu:

Unfriend Review adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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 Review adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Unfriend Review adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Unfriend Review 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 Review 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 Review ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by unfriend review, 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 Review  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 Review ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by unfriend review, 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 Review 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 Review ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by unfriend review 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 ads by unfriend review, 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.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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