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Remove Social Reviewer ads (Improved Guide) - updated Aug 2016

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

What to do if you do not want to see Social Reviewer ads anymore?

Have you installed Social Reviewer virus thinking that it is a useful addition to your browser that can help to enhance your browsing experience? If so, you have been mistaken. It appears that this adware is just a vague application, which can hardly offer any serviceable features. The activity of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is so bothersome that in most cases, users start looking for Social Reviewer removal guidelines right after installing it. In this article, we are going to elucidate what exactly this program does, why it has been created, how is it distributed and how you can remove it from your computer.

Social Reviewer is offered as a useful application that can help to track friends who unfriend you on Facebook. However, it has some additional features that might not seem so useful to you. As we have mentioned before, it is an ad-supported application, so as you continue to browse the Internet with this program running on your computer, pop-up, banner, or in-text advertisements eventually are going to show up. Sadly, the longer you keep this adware on your computer, the more annoying these ads become. The worst part about these advertisements is that at the first glance, they look reliable, catchy, and advantageous, while in reality they can be related to hazardous web pages. It goes without saying that it would be risky to click on such ads without thinking. Remember – untrustworthy ads can lead you to insecure web places that can promote other potentially unwanted programs or even more critical applications. We recommend you to stay away from unreliable content and ignore pushy web advertisements that appear on your computer screen frequently.

Questions about Social Reviewer ads

Speaking of these ads, we would like to discuss another questionable matter that you might not be so excited about. It appears that Social Reviewer adware collects data about your browsing sessions, including your browsing history, time spent on individual web pages, search queries, and so on. Based on information gathered from your activity online, it decides what type of ads to serve. Of course, if you do not want to get these advertisements and block this program so that it can not collect information about you anymore, remove Social Reviewer using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar program.


Methods of distribution

Social Reviewer is a deceptive browser add-on, so there is no surprise that it has been promoted not only thru its official website. If you have been installing freeware or shareware without bothering what components it has, you may have also installed this browser add-on on your computer. Please, forget about Quick, Recommended or similar installation of the freeware because there are lots of adwares, browser hijackers and similar potentially unwanted programs that have been spread in a bundle. If you want to get ability to see what components are hidden in one or other freeware, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware every time you decide to install one on your computer. Of cause, sometimes such programs infiltrate computer without any sign. If that is the case, you should follow a guide below and solve problems that appeared after Social Reviewer hijack.

How to remove Social Reviewer?

It can be hard to remove Social Reviewer virus manually; you can try to do it, but make sure you read instructions that we have prepared first. Leaving this PUP on your PC can prevent you from browsing fluently and slow down your browser, so it is better to sacrifice some time for Social Reviewer removal just to be sure that this suspicious application will not bother you in the future. However, an even easier way to achieve these objectives is just to install and run a spyware removal tool.

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To remove Social Reviewer ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer and related programs
    Here, look for Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer 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'

Remove Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Social Reviewer 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, Social Reviewer should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer 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 Social Reviewer removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Jake Doevan
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  1. Kleo says:
    August 8th, 2016 at 5:11 am

    social reviver is nuts, I hate these ads

  2. lisa09 says:
    August 8th, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Does anybody know how to stop these ads from showing up on my desktop, thanks

  3. options says:
    August 8th, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Just use instructions provided below.

  4. cosm0 says:
    August 8th, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I dont like pop-up ads, I feel that Social Reviewer caused them for me. I thought that it was a useful app until i started receiving these ads daily.

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