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Crawler. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as Crawler hijack | Type: Browser hijacker

What is Crawler?

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, this 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, slow downs, pop-up ads and similar annoying things. Beware that this questionable search site may make you to 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. If you think that you shouldn’t reveal your mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of these sites, your PC’s IP address and similar details, you should remove Crawler virus. If you have just found Crawler.com 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, such as Reimage, and remove Crawler from the system. Otherwise, you should be prepared for unexpected redirects and similar issues.

Crawler

How can Crawler hijack my computer?

Just like hundreds of other potentially unwanted programs, Crawler 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 check mark that agrees to download Crawler, set creawler.com as a start page or default search engine. 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 check marks. If it has already managed to infiltrate your operating system, you can expect that soon it will start browser hijacking and other activities. 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 Crawler.

How to remove Crawler virus?

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 Crawler.com virus. 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 to select automatic removal method that will help you make sure that all suspicious programs are gone.

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To remove Crawler, follow these steps:

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Remove Crawler from Windows systems

  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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

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Eliminate Crawler from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Crawler or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete Crawler from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Crawler and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Crawler removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Crawler from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Crawler should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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
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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
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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

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    March 1st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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

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

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  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

    I LOVE THIS TOOLBAR IT HELP ME FIND STUFF

  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. smiley11150924@yahoo.com 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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