|Type||Ad-supported Application, PUP|
|Short Description||Once triggered, the user will start viewing pop-up windows of different kind.|
|Symptoms||Displaying pop-ups in an annoying manner over website content.Running background process UnfriendList.exe afte closing and on system tray on startup.|
|Distribution Method||By clicking on online ads or being redirect.By the ‘bundling’ method.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Unfriend List|
Most Facebook users have been lured into installing adware programs by following the latest trend – monitor who unfriends them on Facebook. Unfriend List, created by Formidable Apps uses this tendency to distribute their ad-supported PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). Security experts strongly advise not to click on any advertisements connected with unfriend monitoring or any Facebook or other social networks third-party services that are not created by the social network itself. Such may conceal different risks for the user. Some of which may even lead to dangerous sites that may infect the user with malware.
How Did I Get Unfriend List?
It is possible that you may have installed this program by being redirected to download their ‘Setup.exe’ file from Formidable Apps’s web page for this software unfriendslist.com. Since there are some legitimate apps out there which actually may display who unfriended users on Facebook, there is a possibility that you may have clicked on a Facebook advertisement or any other third-party ad over the web. Also, you may have have downloaded an adware program or installed a browser hijacker extension, causing you redirects to such pages. Similar to other PUPs of such kind, like Unfriend Review and Unfriend Watch may come in combination with other program installers, added as free ‘extras’ in some of the installation steps. Some users tend to skip those steps or fast click through them, and this is how they may have Unfriend List installed on their computer as well.
Unfriend List – What It Does?
After being installed and executed for research purposes, the program displayed a small window, prompting the user to login the website and enter his credentials in it.
After entering our user credentials, we have seen that the program did not display any list or anything in similarity. Instead, we were presented with a loading screen, saying that it is setting up the friends list.
Despite the fact that we restarted the computer and closed the program, a small icon in the tray and a process in Windows Task Manager indicated that the program was still active and running on the computer.
According to experts, the typical behavior of unwanted programs like this one is not only to collect user entered information, such as our Facebook account credentials. The other purpose of such app could be to obtain other info via cookies and beacons and display interruptive advertisements, based on the user’s browsing behavior. This may include user clicks, browsing history, search history and other.
Protect Yourself Against Unfriend List
The only defense against such applications is the users themselves. Sure, you may have the best anti-malware solution that updates with the latest threats, but cyber-criminals are developing new methods all the time. Despite the fact that anti-malware is the perfect solution to such threats, the user should be educated on having a safe browsing behavior instead of just clicking on anything. Because, face it, if you want to be completely secured you shouldn’t even see ‘Threat has been detected’ on your computer.
Unfriend List Removal Manual
To manually uninstall Unfriend List from your computer, follow the step-by-step tutorial below, provided to help you with removal. After manual uninstalls, some files from Unfriend List may remain on your user. This is why it is advisable to employ an anti-malware program on your computer. By doing so, you also ensure the prevention of future threats to your PC.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter