What is Unfollow Alert?
According to the developers (Bold Development), the Unfollow Alert app notifies users when someone 'unfollows' them on Twitter - "Unfollow Alert is a downloadable app that connects to your Twitter account and allows you to check the status of your followers."
This functionality may trick some users into believing that Unfollow Alert is a legitimate application, however, this app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Unfollow Alert usually infiltrates the system without users' permission. Furthermore, it displays various advertisements and monitors Internet browsing activity.
Types of displayed adverts include pop-up, pop-under, and banner ads. These are displayed via a virtual layer, which allows placement of any third party graphical content on the visited website. Note that the ads do not originate from the visited site and conceal the underlying content - thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Furthermore, ads might redirect to infectious sites, and thus, clicking them can lead to further computer infections. Unfollow Alert continually tracks Internet browsing activity and gathers various software and hardware information.
This collected data is likely to contain personally identifiable details, which are later shared with third parties. Therefore, having Unfollow Alert installed on your system may cause privacy issues. You are advised to eliminate this threat from your system immediately.
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Unfriend Review, Unfriend Monitor, Unfriend List, and Unfriend Watch are identical to Unfollow Alert. There are also hundreds of other apps that share many similarities. For instance, Computer Pal, Shopperz, RightCoupon, and Lightning newtab claim to be legitimate and provide useful features, however, these are merely attempts to trick users to install.
None of these applications provide the functionality promised. Adware-type applications such as Unfollow Alert are developed to generate revenue by displaying ads, and collecting various data - they provide no real value for the user.
How did Unfollow Alert install on my computer?
The developers distribute Unfollow Alert using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with the chosen software.
Bundling is popular and effective, since many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing apps - they are unaware that developers conceal third party software within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By skipping this section, users inadvertently install apps such as Unfollow Alert.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of these applications can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading and installing software. Closely observe both processes, ensuring that no additional software is included. The key to computer safety is caution. The download and installation procedures should not be rushed.
Unfollow Alert adware installation set-up:
Screenshot of Unfollow Alert application:
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- What is Unfollow Alert?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Unfollow Alert application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Unfollow Alert adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Unfollow Alert ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Unfollow Alert' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Unfollow Alert ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Unfollow Alert 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 "UnfollowAlert", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Unfollow Alert ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Unfollow Alert adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Unfollow 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:
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 unfollow 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.
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 unfollow alert 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 unfollow 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, 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 unfollow alert 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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