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Remove Facebook Unfriend Finder Completely from Your PC

NameFacebook Unfriend Finder
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionIt may slow down web browser, cause it to crash and display window-blocking pop-ups. Reported to use unauthorized code and links that are inserted in Facebook.
SymptomsThe user may experience advertised content from third-parties.
Distribution MethodBundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Facebook Unfriend Finder
User ExperienceJoin our forum to start a discussion about Facebook Unfriend Finder.

Facebook-unfriend-finder-downloadFacebook Unfriend Finder is third-party collaborating software claiming to notify users which friends have remove them from their Facebook friend list. Facebook itself has outlined the software as unhealthy for the PC and unadvisable for usage. This PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) comes in the form of a browser extension in the most widely used web browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Virus researchers and Security engineers as well as Facebook executives warn users that they should not install this application and in case they have it, remove it immediately, because it injects unauthorized code onto the user’s browser.

Facebook Unfriend Finder – How Did I Install It?

The software was reported to be published for download in the website download.cnet.com.
However, the most probable way that you may have gotten Facebook Unfriend Finder is by downloading freeware from third-party Unfriend-Finder-downloadwebsites which has the application bundled in its setup program. Bundling is a very common and successful strategy that is being used for aggressive marketing and to generate profits to software providing sites. Users should be very careful when they go through an installation process and be on the lookout for ‘Free Extras’ such as Facebook Unfriend Finder.

More about Facebook Unfriend Finder

Once opened on the victim computer, the 2.05MB file begins to modify the browsers installed on the victim PC after which it prompts the restart of the web browser software.

Facebook-unfriend-finder-restart browser

Once it does this, it displays a prompt to add it as an extension to the web browser, even though after adding it as an extension it was nowhere to be found.

After it has been added to the browser, the application is reported to insert unauthorized links to facebook users’s boomarks as well as any other posts that may inform them they have been ‘unfriended’ or ‘ignored’. What is more it may tamper with the javascript code of the browser, since we have managed to identify several pop-ups on a previously clean browser after installing it as an extension there:

Facebook-unfriend-finder-javascript

What is more, the software has been developed by PC-Gizmos – a company that claims in their privacy policy they may work and share certain anonymous information with third-parties about the users:
License agreement

third-parties

Facebook Unfriend Finder

After manual uninstall of the app, it still had leftover files that were detected as potentially unwanted by and advanced anti-malware scanner.

Removing Facebook Unfriend Finder Completely

In order to remove this software from your computer, first you need to follow the instructions below in order to manually uninstall it from your computer. Make sure you also check you browser for extensions, even though it may be not be present as such. It is highly recommended to remove the left-over files after manual uninstall, such as cookies and other Facebook Unfriend Finder associated objects using an advanced anti-malware program.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Facebook Unfriend Finder in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Facebook Unfriend Finder.

    Step 2: Remove Facebook Unfriend Finder from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select Facebook Unfriend Finder and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After Facebook Unfriend Finder is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Facebook Unfriend Finder and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After Facebook Unfriend Finder is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select Facebook Unfriend Finder to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Facebook Unfriend Finder has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Facebook Unfriend Finder
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Facebook Unfriend Finder. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Facebook Unfriend Finder will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Facebook Unfriend Finder automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Facebook Unfriend Finder associated objects.

    NOTE! Malware is getting more sophisticated with every day. Facebook Unfriend Finder may collect your personal information and track you down while you’re online. If you want to be protected, download a free anti-spyware program to shield your data!

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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