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Remove Ads by Crime Watch

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Crime Watch virus, Crime Watch ads | Type: Adware

What is Crime Watch?

Crime Watch ads may flood your web browser out of nowhere and disrupt your normal web browsing activities. If it has already happened, it means that you have recently installed a freeware with a bundle and accepted to install additional components. Crime Watch often travels as an ‘optional download’ to various download managers, PDF creators, media players and so on. In order to prevent its infiltration keep an eye on every check box during installation process of a freeware. We have managed to find official website of this adware and found out that it promises to deliver alerts about various crimes that has happened in your region. Well, it may seem useful for someone who are news fanatic, but we would better recommend visiting some reliable news website instead.

It seems that Crime Watch is closely related to third parties and seeks to trick people in order to gain profit. No, it doesn’t steal money, but is makes people to visit questionable websites and track their web browsing activities. This misleading add-on is managed by third parties and seek to drive visitors traffic to predetermined websites. For that reason it displays tens of annoying pop-up, banner, and in-text Crime Watch ads that, usually, are filled with sponsored links and redirect people the websites that are not related to the content of the ads. Be careful because you can never be sure if you are redirected to safe website or not. By the way, you can not be sure what information Crime Watch virus collects as well. It is known that it’s specifically interested in your search terms, websites visited, data entered and time spend there, IP address, email address and similar things. Unfortunately, no one guarantees that cyber criminals won’t try to reuse cookies of this adware in order to track your keystrokes and collect hardware information. Therefore, do not hesitate any longer and run a full system scan with ReimageIntego or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus if you have already received ‘Ads by Crime Watch’, ‘brough to you by Crime Watch’, etc.

Ads by Crime Watch

How can Crime Watch hijack my computer?

Similarly to most of the other adware-type programs Crime Watch can be downloaded manually from its official website if you really believe that it’s useful. However, as you have probably understood, we do not recommend doing so. Besides, it is distributed bundled with various free programs and very often gets inside user’s computer unnoticed without a direct permission asked. That’s because security experts have agreed upon labeling this program as a potentially unwanted program. In order to avoid its infiltration, be very careful when installing various download managers, video streaming software, music players, PDF creators and other popular free software. Even well-known programs are bundled, so it goes without saying that questionable programs, usually, carries additional attachments, such as Crime Watch. That’s why you should always select Advanced or Custom installation option and read every single line in order to spot suggestions to install Crime Watch or any other dubious browser add-on, plug-in, toolbar or extension. In case you have already installed it, do not hesitate and remove this adware from the system right away.

How to remove Crime Watch virus?

Our security experts have prepared manual and automatic removal guidelines that will help you to get rid of Crime Watch redirects. For more details, see below:

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To remove Crime Watch ads, follow these steps:

Erase Crime Watch from Windows systems

To remove Ads by Crime Watch from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Ads by Crime Watch (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove Crime Watch from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Ads by Crime Watch from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Ads by Crime Watch-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Ads by Crime Watch, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Ads by Crime Watch and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Ads by Crime Watch-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Crime Watch from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Ads by Crime Watch and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Ads by Crime Watch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Crime Watch ads from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Ads by Crime Watch-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Crime Watch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Ads by Crime Watch and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Ads by Crime Watch did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Ads by Crime Watch removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Crime Watch from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Ads by Crime Watch by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Ads by Crime Watch-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Ads by Crime Watch removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Crime Watch from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Ads by Crime Watch and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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