What is WebCrawler.com?
Also Known As: WebCrawler.com virus
WebCrawler.com is a browser hijacker that generates money for its developers by showing users commercial advertisements, so if it ever shows up on your browsers, do not expect much from it. To be frank, it is even not advisable to use this search tool to search for the information on the web because it only pretends to be a legitimate Internet search engine. Believe us; those legitimate tools do not display a bunch of commercials expecting that users would click on them. Also, they are never set on users’ browsers without permission. Fortunately, WebCrawler.com cannot be called an extremely dangerous threat. It cannot steal your online banking credentials or other sensitive information, but it can still cause problems, so go to implement the WebCrawler.com removal today. If you feel that you need some help with that, we suggest reading this article till the end because the last paragraph exceptionally focuses on the WebCrawler.com removal.
To be honest, WebCrawler.com is of no use, so there is no point in keeping it set on browsers too. Users who decide not to do anything about its presence risk experiencing security-related problems primarily because WebCrawler displays a bunch of various commercial ads which might be harmful in a sense that they can redirect users to pages with the malicious content. You will not be informed about that in advance, so there are really high chances that malware will successfully enter your computer if you keep surfing websites you are redirected to. These third-party websites promoted by WebCrawler.com might also become threats to your online privacy because specialists have knowledge that some of them might track users with the intention of extracting the personal information. Luckily, there is a way to stop redirections to bad pages. Users can do that by going to delete WebCrawler.com from their browsers. Do not click on suspicious links/ads you find on the web too if ending up on bad websites is not your goal.
All browser hijackers are distributed in software bundles, so there are hundreds of users who have no idea how these computer infections manage to enter their systems. Please pay more attention to free software installation processes the next time to prevent the unwanted software from entering the system. Most probably, you have installed new free software from the web by default if the WebCrawler.com browser hijacker has successfully entered and applied changes. Do not repeat the same mistake again in the future.
STEP 1. WebCrawler.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:
If you need help in removing WebCrawler.com infection,
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 WebCrawler.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 WebCrawler.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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