Get rid of Botcrawls.com in a few clicks
What is Botcrawls.com?
Also Known As: Botcrawls.com virus
While claiming to make gaming fans’ online routine more pleasurable, the Botcrawls.com extension wreaks havoc with their browsing preferences. The intrusive essence of this add-on comes down to defining the Botcrawls.com website as one’s default new tab page and homepage in Chrome.
In the average installation scenario, users are not properly informed about Botcrawls.com installation. The contamination usually takes place when people are installing something harmless, such as a video player, file downloader or a purportedly critical Adobe Flash Player update bundled with the potentially unwanted extra. In this case, the only reasonable route is to decline the recommended setup option and select the custom one instead. This will typically allow a user to view what’s under the umbrella of the supposedly benign installation and uncheck things like Botcrawls.com.
So the main impact of the Botcrawls.com Chrome New Tab application is as follows: whenever the user opens their browser they encounter Botcrawls.com page popping up instead of their desired homepage. The same happens when the person opens a new tab. That’s because the adware overrides custom browser settings, which basically means that the admin no longer controls what sites he or she visits in the course of the routine online activity. The imposed search system returns results with targeted advertisements at the top and the bottom of every SERPS page. Although at first sight this fact doesn’t appear alarming whatsoever, it points to quite a serious privacy problem. The malicious code collects data related to a victim’s web surfing, which is why the ads are accurate. It knows what websites the infected user visits, what searches they run, what bookmarks they make, and possibly even sensitive details like entered logins and passwords for various Internet accounts. All of these elements of the compromise add up to a critical mass that requires urgent action.
Botcrawls.com virus may also display sponsored information on regular sites other than its own search provider. A variety of deals, coupons, price comparisons, interstitial advertisements and in-text links may start filling up web pages. This superfluous content will cause the browser to operate slower and even crash once in a while. Uninstalling the malicious application tends to be a hard task. It may not be listed on Control Panel. Disabling the add-on directly in the web browser has a short-time effect because of a scheduled task that will re-activate it. To perform the cleanup right, users are commended to follow a peculiar adware removal procedure.
STEP 1. Botcrawls.com removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Botcrawls.com related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Botcrawls.com reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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