Local Crime Watcher Toolbar. Is it worth installing it?
If you noticed Local Crime Watcher Toolbar installed on each of your web browsers, make sure that you run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware. We recommend you this because it’s obvious that your web browser has been affected. Local Crime Watcher Toolbar is not a malicious program but rather a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Such programs usually get installed unnoticed with a help of another free software. As soon as it does that, it implements various changes on all web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer). There is a long list of programs that are closely related to ask.com search engine and seek to promote it, for example, RingtoneFanatic Toolbar, TranslationBuddy Toolbar, DailyHomeGuide Toolbar and so on. All these programs promise to enhance user’s web browsing experience but, in reality, seek to create web traffic to predetermined websites and this way earn easy money. Therefore, you should be careful with Local Crime Watcher Toolbar redirects because you may be rerouted not only to unknown websites but also to unsafe ones.
By the way, this questionable search provider may also deliver you various sponsored ads that may also try to redirect you to various third party websites. We highly do not recommend making searches with this search site. Local Crime Watcher Toolbar may also try to collect your search queries, sites visited, data entered, and other non-personally identifiable data about your activities on the net. Thu, if you do not want to end up installing another potentially unwanted program, you should immediately remove this toolbar from your system with a help of a reputable anti-spyware.
Local Crime Watcher distribution techniques:
Local Crime Watcher redirects may start bothering you right after installing freeware. From the first glimpse, you may find this app useful because it allows to receive the latest news about various crimes in your area. However, be aware that it’s just a rogue that mainly seeks to improve affiliate marketing. Since it has various unfair intentions, it also spreads using an unfair method called ‘bundling.’ In other words, it travels along with various freewares and sharewares as additional components and puts all effort to get installed unnoticed. Therefore, you have to be very careful to avoid such and similar programs on your computer. To prevent such programs, it is always advisable to read End-User’s License Agreement and comments of other users on the Internet to find out if the program is reliable. Besides, you should always select Advanced or Custom installation option while installing freeware. It discloses all available check boxes, including the ones that suggest installing ‘optional’ or ‘recommended’ browser add-ons, toolbars, plug-ins or extensions. Finally, if you notice suggestions, such as to install Local Crime Watcher Toolbar or to set XXX as your default search engine or homepage, make sure that you deselect them. Otherwise, you may constantly experience Local Crime Watcher redirects and other issues.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of Local Crime Watcher Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
How can I remove Local Crime Watcher?
Local Crime Watcher Toolbar can be removed either manually or automatically because it is an adware-type application. For more details, follow the guidelines that are down below. Please, be very careful if selecting manual removal of this application because you can never know what components are spread in a bundle with it. Besides, you may accidentally remove useful programs instead of LocalCrimeWatcher adware, so it would be better that you would choose automatic removal option.
- Uninstall programs that are related to Local Crime Watcher Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for Local Crime Watcher Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Local Crime Watcher Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.