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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:



this entry in your list of installed programs:


and this icon on your desktop and in your startmenu:


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.



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


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Social Reviewer.lnk
 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)
    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)
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "ip"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "ad0b9df00dcf45efb6012ade9ce79b5b"
       "ip"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "p"="REG_SZ", "251209"
       "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

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

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)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
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