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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Social Reviewer?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Social Reviewer is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Social Reviewer?

You may see these warnings during install:

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this entry in your list of installed programs:

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and this icon on your desktop and in your startmenu:

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How did Social Reviewer get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was offered as social media related software.

How do I remove Social Reviewer?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to:
    Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If an update is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Social Reviewer?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Social Reviewer completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Social Reviewer adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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The web protection module also blocks some of the connections the installer tries to make:

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Social Reviewer.lnk
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SocialReviewer
 C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer
 C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social Reviewer

SocialReviewer (HKLM-x32\...\SocialReviewer) (Version: 3.0.87 - Sunny Apps)
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social Reviewer
       Adds the file Social Reviewer FAQ.lnk"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 1385 bytes, A
       Adds the file Social Reviewer.lnk"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 1947 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall Social Reviewer.lnk"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 1728 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer
       Adds the file Newtonsoft.Json.dll"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 503296 bytes, A
       Adds the file SocialReviewer.exe"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 540072 bytes, A
       Adds the file SocialReviewer.exe.config"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 510 bytes, A
       Adds the file SocialReviewer.ico"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 85182 bytes, A
       Adds the file System.Data.SQLite.dll"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 290816 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 629672 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe.config"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 168 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\x86
       Adds the file SQLite.Interop.dll"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 854528 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SocialReviewer
       Adds the file FriendsDb.sqlite"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 7168 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\Public\Desktop
       Adds the file Social Reviewer.lnk"="8/4/2016 8:30 AM, 1959 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{ddafa49f-ef12-c567-60e0-0a1f11911d8c}]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "ip"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{ddafa49f-ef12-c567-60e0-0a1f11911d8c}]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "ip"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SocialReviewer]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\SocialReviewer.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "SocialReviewer"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.0.87"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 5000
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.socialreviewer.com/about.html"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "8/4/2016"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Sunny Apps"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\uninstall.exe""


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 8/4/2016
Scan Time: 8:40 AM
Logfile: mbamSocialReviewer.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.2.1.1043
Malware Database: v2016.08.04.02
Rootkit Database: v2016.05.27.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Enabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 316463
Time Elapsed: 9 min, 29 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 4
PUP.Optional.WebSteroids, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}, Quarantined, [937f2621584291a58a617c1740c2df21], 
PUP.Optional.WebSteroids, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}, Quarantined, [937f2621584291a58a617c1740c2df21], 
PUP.Optional.WebSteroids, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}, Quarantined, [937f2621584291a58a617c1740c2df21], 
PUP.Optional.SocialReviewer, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\SocialReviewer, Quarantined, [dd3594b3acee072fd779dce6c83c8f71], 

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\MAIN\FEATURECONTROL\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION|SocialReviewer.exe, 11000, Quarantined, [d24073d4b1e905317ac7764d3cc8a060]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 4
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social Reviewer, Quarantined, [26ec37109505e74f49fe7e4543c19967], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SocialReviewer, Quarantined, [af63e3640298f046d870982b16ee5ba5], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\x86, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 

Files: 14
PUP.Optional.PullUpdte, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\SocialReviewer.exe, Quarantined, [868c7ccbcdcdd06645932a4e8a7714ec], 
PUP.Optional.SocialReviewer, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [dd3594b3acee072fd779dce6c83c8f71], 
PUP.Optional.SocialReviewer, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\SPsetup.exe, Quarantined, [888aae992377c373eb65289a18ecce32], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Social Reviewer.lnk, Quarantined, [df33db6c81192c0a66d911b2f41021df], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social Reviewer\Uninstall Social Reviewer.lnk, Quarantined, [26ec37109505e74f49fe7e4543c19967], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social Reviewer\Social Reviewer FAQ.lnk, Quarantined, [26ec37109505e74f49fe7e4543c19967], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Social Reviewer\Social Reviewer.lnk, Quarantined, [26ec37109505e74f49fe7e4543c19967], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SocialReviewer\FriendsDb.sqlite, Quarantined, [af63e3640298f046d870982b16ee5ba5], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\uninstall.exe.config, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\Newtonsoft.Json.dll, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\SocialReviewer.exe.config, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\SocialReviewer.ico, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\System.Data.SQLite.dll, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 
PUP.Optional.PullUpdate, C:\ProgramData\SocialReviewer\x86\SQLite.Interop.dll, Quarantined, [0f037bcc9703c1750445636039cb718f], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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