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Remove Crawler (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2020

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Crawler is a potentially unwanted program that can change your search engine and start various redirects

Crawler is the browser hijacker that can get downloaded without your permission or knowledge.[1] So once the intruder is installed it can change homepage settings, set the default search engine to the needed domain, and redirect all the searches to third-party pages, advertising services, other suspicious sites. The program itself can get especially intrusive and annoying when the main potentially unwanted program runs in the background for a long time. Sponsored content can easily expose you to various dangerous pages and commercial content that promotes useless programs. This is also one of the main methods used to distribute such browser-based intruders like PUPs, adware, hijacker, and so on.

Name Crawler or
Type Browser hijacker
Issues The potentially unwanted program creates issues with the machine when speed and performance suffer due to continuous redirects to advertising services and sponsored pages.  The exposure to such pages, third-party involvement means that your search-related data can get recorded and collected
Distribution Freeware installations can lead to such PUP infiltration because software bundling is a widely used method. Also, promotional advertisements and similar content can trigger automatic downloads of PUPs
Elimination You should rely on proper anti-malware tools and run a full system scan that helps to remove Crawler from the machine alongside either programs and applications that can create issues for you
Repair Make sure to reset browsers to default and run ReimageIntego to recover from any system damage

Crawler is not a virus or malware. However, it can definitely be called a totally annoying program, a browser hijacker, and a potentially unwanted application. We say so because it may initiate lots of havoc on people's computers and seriously disrupt their browsing activity.

According to its victims and PC security experts,[2] this Crawler program may show up on the system without downloading it. After doing so, it may alert various system settings and then start initiating such irritating things as redirects to unknown websites, slowdowns, pop-up ads, and similarly annoying things.

Beware that this questionable search site may make you visit unknown and very suspicious websites when you open your browser and start searching the web. That's because it is actively used for affiliate marketing. Besides, it may also show you commercial advertisements and start collecting search terms or other information from your search queries. make sure to go straight for Crawler removal once such issues get noticed.

Crawler Crawler virus is the browser hijacker that triggers changes in most important web browser settings.

If you think that you shouldn't reveal your most visited websites, data that you enter on each of these sites, your PC's IP address, and similar details, you should remove the virus. If you have just found instead of your start page and default search engine, it means that it has infiltrated your machine.

In this case, you should check the system with updated anti-spyware and remove Crawler from the system. Otherwise, you should be prepared for unexpected redirects and similar issues. If there are some strange issues with your computer, try fixing them with ReimageIntego that finds altered files and corrupted programs.

No matter that it can hardly infect your machine with malware, it may show you annoying banner ads, in-text advertisements, and similar notifications. In order to avoid these problems, we recommend you to check your computer with updated anti-spyware and remove PUPCrawler virus is the potentially unwanted program that creates issues with the system once it gets installed without your permission.

Browser hijack has most likely appeared on your computer with recently installed free programs

Just like hundreds of other potentially unwanted programs, hijacker spreads in a bundle with freeware and shareware. If you want to avoid this virus, you have to pay more attention to the installation process of such applications and, typically, find the checkmark that agrees to download PUP.

In order to see it, you should opt for Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. After doing so, you should carefully follow every installation step and get rid of pre-checked checkmarks. If it has already managed to infiltrate your operating system, you can expect that soon it will start browser hijacking and other activities.

As soon as you spot Crawler virus run a full scan of your computer and get rid of it

If you have already started to suffer from browser redirects to unknown websites or if you have noticed an increased amount of ads during your browsing, you should check your machine for PUPs and remove Crawler when it gets detected. There is a huge possibility that this browser hijacker has just infiltrated your computer in a bundle with freeware and shareware.

In this case, you shouldn't wait for redirects to unknown and very suspicious websites because they may lead you to the infiltration of other cyber threats. For eliminating this hijacker we highly recommend you select automatic Crawler removal methods that will help you make sure that all suspicious programs are gone.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Crawler, follow these steps:

Remove Crawler from Windows systems

Clear the machine from any PUPs by following steps

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Crawler and related programs
    Here, look for Crawler or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Crawler from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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.

Eliminate Crawler from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Crawler from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Crawler-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 Crawler, 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 Crawler and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Crawler-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Crawler 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 Crawler 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,
  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 Crawler removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Crawler 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 Crawler-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

Get rid of Crawler from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Crawler and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Crawler removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Crawler from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Crawler and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Crawler removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Crawler from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Crawler or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Crawler, 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. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. 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 Crawler removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. Guest says:
    March 1st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    how do i uninstall and live fireplace screensaver.

  2. Guest says:
    July 2nd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I want to cancel crrawler toolbar now please

  3. Ken says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I want to uninstall Webcrawler NOW !

  4. John Nickels says:
    February 17th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Uninstall Webcrawer NOW

  5. manuel tellez says:
    March 21st, 2013 at 5:50 pm


  6. says:
    October 30th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    i want to cancel crawler toolbar now please at im sorry the children playing with my computer

  7. Guest says:
    October 12th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    unistall the crwaler now

  8. Guest says:
    October 12th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    install the crawler now

  9. Guest says:
    December 6th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I never asked to download crawler, now everytime I try to use my computer, some show stuff comes up…I want out now NOW NOW…you put in on … no please take it off.

  10. Guest says:
    December 17th, 2009 at 7:12 am

    unistall the crwaler now

  11. Guest says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 4:01 am

    how do I uninstall crawler desktop

  12. Guest says:
    February 20th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I was trying to play a game and crawler got hook up –I DON'T want this crawler. everytime I go on the internet this crap crawler pops up very annoying.

  13. Guest says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 5:02 am

    how do i get crawler of my pc it stinks

  14. Guest says:
    July 1st, 2010 at 8:07 am

    i dont want crawler remove from my computer. thank you

  15. Guest says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I do not want Crawler on my computer I want to uninstall and remove this from my computer.

  16. Guest says:
    July 23rd, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    i don't want crawler on my computer

  17. Guest says:
    July 24th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    How can I uninstall Crawler from my computer. I do not want this on my computer or as a default for my internet access. Please help get rid of you

  18. Guest says:
    July 25th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Please uninstall crawler from my computer now, thank you.

  19. Guest says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    please uninstall craler from my computer, im new at this,sorry i dont know how! thanks joann

  20. Guest says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    i didnt ask for crawler it just appeared i want it gone

  21. Guest says:
    October 19th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    i'm having trouble uninstalling crawler from my computer please help

  22. Guest says:
    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Do not want Crawler in my computer How do I take it out ?

  23. Guest says:
    November 14th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    i want google back, and crawler off my screen!

  24. Guest says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    how do i delete this?

  25. Guest says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    avg said they would get rid of crawler for me, but so far, nothing happened. please get rid of it. i've tried everything, but crawler does not want to leave me. HELP!!!!!

  26. Guest says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    how do i delete crawler

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  28. lukedimmy says:
    October 1st, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    crawler is a trojan who knows what it might let into your computer?

    ive tried everything to get it off ive gone to contoll panel to uninstall it and it justs says im not allowed!
    in the end i think i should take it back to the shop.

    its not nice

  29. Len says:
    June 3rd, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    get crawler off my computer

  30. shirley says:
    July 3rd, 2012 at 11:44 am

    please uninstall crawler now!!

  31. Rick says:
    July 16th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Please remove Crawler off of my computer

  32. Enoch says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I dont like crawler please remove

  33. bob richardso says:
    August 6th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    what is a security code cant go online with crawler i do not know much about a cpmputer and am 86 years old please help

  34. wingdinger says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I want ti remove this program from my computer

  35. Savannah says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I uninstalled Crawler from Programs and Features “successfully” twice, it was under two different names: Crawler and another name that started with P (sorry I was so mad that I completly forgot to write it down). But unfortunately its still in the background and showing up everytime I open the web browser.

    How did I get it? : I used a translator site althoughi didnt sign up for the service, just by browsing their site, the Crawler attached itself.

  36. BIB says:
    May 1st, 2013 at 1:25 pm


  37. Dianne says:
    May 11th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I want to cancel Crawler toolbar immediately.

  38. ama says:
    May 14th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    please remove this crawler from my computer i did not ask for it .i dont want it, please help.

  39. says:
    August 28th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Please remove it is very annoying and I am constantly clicking to get the highlighted items to disable their pop ups remove now please.

  40. maryhelp says:
    September 7th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    help delete it?/

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