What is Social Reviewer?
Social Reviewer is a deceptive application that (according to the developers) allows users to review their Facebook profile and see who is 'unfriending' them.
Some users may believe that this app is useful, however, Social Reviewer is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After infiltrating Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Social Reviewer displays intrusive online advertisements and gathers various Internet browsing-related information.
This PUP employs a virtual layer to display in-text, interstitial, and other similar advertisements. At first glance, these ads might seem harmless, however, some may redirect to rogue sites, and thus, clicking them can lead to high-risk computer infections. The ads conceal underlying website content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
In addition, Social Reviewer continually monitors Internet browsing activity and gathers various user/system information, some of which may contain personally identifiable details that are later shared with third parties.
Thus, having this app installed on your system can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that you uninstall this software.
There are hundreds of PUPs similar to Social Reviewer including AllDaySale, RapidReader, and Travel Output. These are just some examples from a long list of adware-type apps with similar behavior to Social Reviewer.
All adware claims to provide useful features to supposedly enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, the purpose of Social Reviewer (and other similar applications) is to generate revenue for the developers. These apps display advertisements and collect personally identifiable information - they provide no real value for users.
How did Social Reviewer install on my computer?
Today, most adware-type applications (including Social Reviewer) are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional apps with the chosen software/apps. Many users are unaware that developers of bogus apps intentionally hide them within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings.
By rushing the download and installation processes, and skipping most/all of the steps, users expose their systems to risk of infection. Developers are concerned only with the amount of revenue generated (which is dependent on the number of apps distributed), and therefore, they do not properly disclose installation of rogue software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid adware-type computer infections, closely analyze the download and installation processes. Follow each step and decline all offers to download or install third party programs. Furthermore, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options when downloading and installing software - this will reveal any hidden, bundled software listed for installation and enable you to opt-out.
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- What is Social Reviewer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Social Reviewer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Social Reviewer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Social Reviewer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Social Reviewer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Social Reviewer ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Social Reviewer 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 "Social Reviewer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Social Reviewer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Social Reviewer adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Social Reviewer 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 social reviewer 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 social reviewer 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 social reviewer 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 social reviewer 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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