Remove i.search.metacrawler.com
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i.search.metacrawler.com is also known as Metacrawler Search | Type: Browser Hijackers

i.search.metacrawler.com (also known as Metacrawler Search) is a search engine, which we don't recommend using for browsing. The main reason why we say so is that this website is closely related to Funmoods. Besides, it is promoted using unfair distribution methods and it may also return altered search results for you what makes people visit unknown or insecure websites. Finally, you may notice unwanted pop-up advertisements and slow downs on all web browsers that are installed on the system when this search engine is indie your computer. No matter how carzy it sounds, i.search.metacrawler.com is still not considered a virus because it doesn't harm computer in any way. However, if you want to avoid things that we mentioned earlier, you should use more reputable search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo.

HOW CAN i.search.metacrawler.com APPEAR ON MY COMPUTER?

i.search.metacrawler.com is promoted using freeware and shareware. If you want to avoid discovering unknown applications on your computer, you should always monitor installation process of the freeware and remove free additions and similar components. In most of the cases, you need to find this check mark, which agrees to set i.search.metacrawler.com as a start page or default search engine. If you miss this check mark, you will agree to download this search engine on your computer. After successful installation, it makes several changes in computer's settings and starts its annoying routine, which is typically based on redirections.

HOW TO REMOVE i.search.metacrawler.com?

If you discovered i.search.metacrawler.com on your machine and you want to remove it from there, you should follow these instructions that are guven below. Besides, don't forget checking your PC with updated anti-spyware to make sure that your PC is free of viruses. 

Automatic i.search.metacrawler.com Removal Guide

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Manual i.search.metacrawler.com Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall i.search.metacrawler.com and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for i.search.metacrawler.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are 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 using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for i.search.metacrawler.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2: Remove i.search.metacrawler.com from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Remove i.search.metacrawler.com from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for i.search.metacrawler.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
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.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete i.search.metacrawler.com removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select i.search.metacrawler.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete i.search.metacrawler.com removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select i.search.metacrawler.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete i.search.metacrawler.com removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for i.search.metacrawler.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by i.search.metacrawler.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • 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 i.search.metacrawler.com removal process.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by i.search.metacrawler.com:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of i.search.metacrawler.com

This map reveals the prevalence of i.search.metacrawler.com. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

QR code for i.search.metacrawler.com removal instructions

i.search.metacrawler.com qrcode QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like i.search.metacrawler.com are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall i.search.metacrawler.com right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-09-07 23:49
Information updated: 2014-09-07 23:49

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