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Remove Ads by FriendsBrowser

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as FriendsBrowser ads, FriendsBrowser virus, FriendsBrowser adware | Type: Adware

What is FriendsBrowser?

If you respect your Facebook friends, you should never install apps, such as FriendsBrowser. Such and similar apps are supposed to inform you while some of the friends change the status of your friendship, profile picture or deactivate the account. However, before installing this tool, consider the fact that it may access your account, log-ins, and data that you enter on Facebook, most of which, e.g. photos, date of birth, location, etc. may be personally identifiable. Even more, using such an app is considered unfair looking from the point of view of other Facebook users because FriendsBrowser add-on may monitor them as well. For emphasizing the fact that this tool can cause privacy-related issues, we want to add that it may install tracking cookies on each of your web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, internet Explorer, Safari) and start collecting information related to your browsing habits. Besides, it has been found that it may not only display alerts while you are visiting the social network site, but may also deliver third-party content while you are visiting other websites. Most of the users have reported about an excessive amount of ‘FriendsBrowser Ads’ that usually show up in such intrusive forms as pop-ups, banners, and in-text links. It goes without saying that third-party advertising campaigns may appear to be really annoying since they are used for promoting third-party websites or generating income via the pay-per-click system. However, some of the ‘Ads by FriendsBrowser’ may also be linked to unsafe websites; thus, ignore each of them. Therefore, in order to keep information stored on your computer for yourself and and your Facebook friends only and prevent FriendsBrowser redirects, we recommend you to run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner (compatible with Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS X) and remove the tool from the system right away.

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How can FriendsBrowser hijack my computer?

Due to the facts listed in the previous section, Friends Browser has been attributed to the ‘adware’ category of programs and is considered to be equal to Unfriend Alert, Unfriend Checker, and UnfriendTool. Besides, it is also known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it has been detected attached to various freewares as an ‘additional attachment’. Even though such distribution method (‘bundling’) is not illegal, it’s deceptive enough to make people install unwanted programs without being noticed. The only way to prevent installing software bundles is to check every freeware before installing it and unmark ‘optional downloads’ if it promotes any. For getting the ability to do that, it’s a MUST to select Advanced or Custom installation. Besides, bear in mind that third-party websites, such as,,,, and many others are the main sources that are promoting software packages. Have you already started receiving Friends Browser ads and alerts during your browsing? Then follow these steps:

How to remove FriendsBrowser virus?

Despite the fact that FriendsBrowser is not a virus, we do not recommend removing it manually because you can remove the wrong files and leave other PUPs installed on your machine. To fix your computer completely, run a full system scan with a reliable anti-spyware.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove FriendsBrowser ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate FriendsBrowser from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall FriendsBrowser and related programs
    Here, look for FriendsBrowser or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of FriendsBrowser from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for FriendsBrowser or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete FriendsBrowser from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FriendsBrowser and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FriendsBrowser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase FriendsBrowser ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, FriendsBrowser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall FriendsBrowser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select FriendsBrowser and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete FriendsBrowser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove FriendsBrowser from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select FriendsBrowser and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete FriendsBrowser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate FriendsBrowser from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for FriendsBrowser or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete FriendsBrowser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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