FriendsBrowser is defined as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and an ad-supported browser extension. FriendsBrowser may be promoted as a useful tool to help users find friends online. However, FriendsBrowser may put the system at risk in several ways. The ad-supported software is reported to cause several issues such as tracking cookies addition and private data collection, display of unwanted advertisements, browser redirects, etc. Because of its dubious nature, the removal of FriendsBrowser is advisory.
|Short Description||A questionable website that loads in popular web browsers without users’ permission.|
|Symptoms||Affected web browser is redirected to strange websites.
Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Why Do I Have FriendsBrowser Installed on my PC?
One of the paths ad-supported applications follow is bundling. Bundling of software is mostly applied for financial reasons such as covering money losses during development and monetizing various platforms. Luckily, it can be avoided by systematically opting for the advanced software installer. Under the advanced option, users have the chance to deselect unwanted pieces of software.
Also, the possibility of willingly downloading FriendsBrowser from a legitimate website is not excluded. The PUP may be uploaded and presented as an entirely user-friendly utility. It may fit an appealing description, but meanwhile, it will compromise users’ online safety.
Is FriendsBrowser Dangerous?
As STF researchers have stated many times, adware is associated with certain risks even though it is not considered malicious.
Here is a shortlist of possible outcomes of having FriendsBrowser running silently in the background:
- Tracking cookies addition to the browser so that PII (personally identifiable information) is collected.
- Display of unwanted advertisements such as banners and pop-ups that may cause harmful browser redirects.
- Turning random page texts into hyperlinks to increase the chance of visiting suspicious websites.
- Slowing down the Internet speed and causing browser freezes and crashes.
- Altering both the browser and the system’s settings to make manual removal challenging for non-expert users.
Eventually, as a PUP FriendsBrowser won’t necessarily cause damage to your PC. Still, it will lower online security and give chance for malware infections to infiltrate the system. That’s why its immediate removal is highly advisable.
Should I Remove FriendsBrowser?
Vast security research indicated that the removal of potentially unwanted applications is quite a smart move. PUPs increase the PC’s overall vulnerability to malware and should not be ignored. Have a look at the step-by-step guide provided below the article and rid the system of the intrusive presence.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FriendsBrowser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FriendsBrowser on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FriendsBrowser in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FriendsBrowser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FriendsBrowser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FriendsBrowser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FriendsBrowser from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable FriendsBrowser Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove FriendsBrowser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FriendsBrowser
Step 2: Uninstall FriendsBrowser and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by FriendsBrowser on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by FriendsBrowser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FriendsBrowser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FriendsBrowser and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove FriendsBrowser via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove FriendsBrowser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FriendsBrowser, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove FriendsBrowser from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase FriendsBrowser from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall FriendsBrowser from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove FriendsBrowser from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the FriendsBrowser will be removed.
Eliminate FriendsBrowser from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by FriendsBrowser from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".