Webcrawler.com (Removal Instructions) - updated Sep 2019

Webcrawler.com Removal Guide

What is Webcrawler.com?

Webcrawler.com is the browser hijacker that distributes various add-ons and PUPs via software bundles and freeware installations

Webcrawler.comWebcrawler.com is a browser hijacker that changes particular settings on the browser, so all the processes get redirected to this or a similar ad-supported site. Webcrawler.com is a website that appears as an in-browser search engine and shows altered results that should improve your time online. However, all those claims created for promotional purposes are not true. This potentially unwanted program is everything but useful and valuable. There is no need to use this search engine as your default tool because all the results get filled with advertisements and suspicious redirects.

Constant commercial content delivered by Webcrawler.com virus can also offer installations of questionable programs, tools, extensions. All that content can also have direct downloads embedded on the pop-up or website, so when the user triggers particular script PUP automatically gets on the system and starts affecting the performance even more. This intruder is related to many other intrusive hijackers and adware programs like Weknow.ac that is mostly affecting macOS devices, so there is no one device that can be immune to potentially unwanted programs.[1]

Name Webcrawler.com
Type Browser hijacker
Symptoms Changes the homepage, new tab, default search engine to Webcrawler.com, modifies web browser settings, redirects all the search attempts and delivers tons of pop-ups with commercial content
Distribution Freeware installations, deceptive pages, other PUPs
Main danger Uses various data tracking techniques and can share the collected information with third-party advertisers for malvertising purposes
Known since 1994
Elimination Clean the machine fully with FortectIntego and remove Webcrawler.com completely

Webcrawler.com by InfoSpace Holdings LLC is an untrustworthy search engine that seeks to hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, IE, Edge, Safari, and other less popular web browsers for the sake of affiliate marketing.[2] With the help of freeware bundling, its developers foist Webcrawler.com virus to unaware users, and they make people visit suspicious third-party websites or see intrusive advertisements.

While it's possible to skip the installation of Webcrawler.com extension unnoticed, it's hardly possible to take no notice of corrupted web browser's start page, search provider, new tab URL, as well as additional browser toolbars. Once this virus hijacks the web browser, all the customized settings are superseded without user's permission asked.

However, seeing https://www.webcrawler.com/serp?q= website as a default search engine or Web Crawler Toolbar injected without user's permission is not only irritating but should also be treated as potentially dangerous. The more programs like this you encounter, the more difficult it becomes to get rid of the PUP.

Webcrawler.com hijackWebcrawler.com removal will stop irritating browser's redirects and terminate misleading pop-up ads Webcrawler.com is dubbed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and browser hijacker as it can compromise not only settings but also do the following:

  • Install tracking cookies and pixels. The small files dropped onto the web browser can monitor user's web browsing activities 24/7 and transmit collected information to third parties. Those who don't mind the leakage of browsing-related information should beware that IP address, email address, approx. Geographical location, most frequently visited websites go for the list of non-personal information, though it might be used for initiating malspam[3] and similar shady activities.
  • Return altered search results. Webcrawler.com malware displays a combination of Google and Yahoo-based search results. However, they should not be trusted equally because this browser hijacker might try to promote suspicious or even unsafe third-party websites. Based on previous practice with browser hijackers proved the fact that continuous web browser's redirects are not only irritating but can also redirect to phishing websites containing JavaScripts in pushing malware onto the system.
  • Generate intrusive browsing-related ads. Those who have already been infected with this unwanted program do not consider whether to remove Webcrawler.com or not. That's because some of the ads it displays are so intrusive that it gets difficult to browse the net. Random pop-ups, full-screen graphics, auto-playing videos or audio, brute-force subscription pop-ups, hyperlinks, etc. – that's how the routine of people with the infected browser will look like. There's only one way to prevent this scenario from materializing – initiating a complete Webcrawler.com removal.

If you don't know how to remove Webcrawler.com and browser hijackers in general, be free to use the instructions provided at the end of this article. The tool that may assist you in this process is FortectIntego. Besides, draw your attention to the fact that for removal to be complete, you will have to eliminate PUPs and the reset the hijacked web browser. Webcrawler.com virusWebcrawler.com is not malicious or damaging but this is a PUP that affects your time online significantly.

Potentially unwanted program installation risk

Browser hijacker does not have malicious traits, so don't fall for panic if your web browser's settings were compromised because it's not a virus. Besides, it's your fault. Indeed. Adware-type programs and browser hijackers are not injected into PCs stealthily, though sometimes it looks like that. Usually, they spread as optional downloads and are installed with users' permission.

Of course, the permission won't be required directly. Those who opt for Quick or Basic installation option probably won't see the windows of the installation wizard, which claim that by clicking “Next,” they agree with the installation of toolbars, extensions, add-ons, or other pretend-to-be useful tools.

Experts from NoVirus.uk[4] recommend to select the Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor the installation of free programs. That should be sufficient for keeping the system PUP-free, at least in most of the cases.

Terminate Webcrawler.com and other associated hijackers or PUPs

Although dubbed as a virus, Webcrawler.com URL cannot pose harm to your PC directly. However, the same cannot be said about the content that it may expose you to. This potentially dangerous search site can try to promote fake software updates, expensive products, or flood with scam alerts.

Manual Webcrawler.com removal is possible, so those who have enough time to analyze the system's content can follow the instructions given below. Nevertheless, it's much easier to remove Webcrawler.com with the help of a reputable anti-malware tool. Anyway, don't forget to reset your web browser's settings.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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.

do it now!
Fortect Happiness
Intego Happiness
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Compatible with macOS
What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Webcrawler.com. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

The success of Webcrawler.com removal depends on how many related components does it have. If it turns out to consist of a sole component, accessing Control Panel and removing one unknown/suspicious entry should be sufficient. If you need a guide, here it is:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

You can eliminate potentially unwanted programs (PUP) from Mac by following these simple steps:

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove from Microsoft Edge

As soon as you delete the PUP, reset IE to eliminate potentially malicious extensions:

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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

If you have never reset Google Chrome before, you can use this guide for help:

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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Webcrawler.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

About the author
Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Anti-malware specialist

If this free guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Julie Splinters
About the company Esolutions