Are you infected by Ads by Unfriend Watch? We can help you remove Ads by Unfriend Watch manually from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If you started seeing these ominous words – Ads by Unfriend Watch – then that means you were infected by a virus of the adware class. Adware are fairly annoying to deal with, as you’ve found out, but the key thing here is to remember that they are not the most dangerous things you can have on your PC. Yes, they significantly slow down your machine with their incessant pop up ads listed as “powered” or “brought by” Unfriend Watch, and they are a severe hole in your security… But at the same time they are quite tame and straightforward – they simply try to force you into becoming a traffic for the promotion of certain products that Ads by Unfriend Watch endorses. If you ever happen to be “powered by” a Ransomware, you will quickly understand what I mean. Ransomware are by far the biggest threats you can encounter. They immediately lock up the majority of your files, encrypting them, and practically make your machine unusable for the duration of the infection. Worse yet, they demand compensation in the form of either bitcoins or outright money, or you can never get your files back.
And if that wasn’t enough they give you a matter of hours to make a decision – or the decryption key is forever destroyed. In this light, merely having to remove Ads by Unfriend Watch feels a lot more palatable, doesn’t it?
Remove Ads by Unfriend Watch
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Note something: viruses of this type change all the time. The people who make them like to throw off all of us – you included – by changing them a little bit so that removal guides don’t work all the time. Since you can encounter this guide months after it’s written, just remember this: if 1 or more of the steps don’t work, simply continue with the next one. There is no way to really know which version of Ads by Unfriend Watch you have to remove.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button , then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by Unfriend Watch has likely infected ALL of your browsers. The virus basically has a few central parts and you need to deal with all of them, because the people who made Ads by Unfriend Watch know you will immediately try to remove it. I repeat: apply the full guide to all your browser, or the virus may just come back fully.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Unfriend Watch . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Unfriend Watch should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
(Works for Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Unfriend Watch and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there is anything connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. If you mistakenly decide to delete system files, thinking you are actually removing Ads by Unfriend Watch, you can truly damage your PC. Unless you are fully committed to taking such a big risk, we advise you to download a professional Ads by Unfriend Watch remover.
Also, change the passwords for any accounts connected to your credit cards – they may be exposed, and can be leaked to whoever created Ads by Unfriend Watch, unless you destroy the pest completely.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup and Services tabs and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.