What is Crawler Toolbar (Crawler.com redirect)?
Crawler Toolbar, also referred to as the Crawler virus, Crawler hijacker, or Crawler.com redirect virus is an unwanted browser helper object (BHO), add-on, and extension for Microsoft Windows and popular internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Crawler Toolbar is identified as malware in the browser hijacker category and is known to install to computer system with and without consent, allow third-party software to install without user knowledge, change (corrupt) internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine, and cause other issues for computer users. Victims infected with the Crawler Toolbar hijacker and malware relating to Crawler.com, such as Hotspot Shield Toolbar and Inbox Toolbar often notice unwanted browser start-ups, redirections to crawler.com, crawler.com/homepage, pop-up advertisements and other unwanted symptoms.
Crawler Toolbar and the http://crawler.com website are dangerous for reasons concerning the invasion of privacy, entrapment, and unwanted symptoms many users may find unnecessary. Victims of Crawler malware and voluntary users of the Crawler Toolbar have reported that the browser add-on and extension, as well as third-party attachments associated with Crawler.com may collect and distribute user information without direct consent or knowledge. Crawler Toolbar and third-parties may collect information including home addresses, telephone numbers, usernames, passwords, and essentially any data manually submitted into online forms. Crawler Toolbar may also track internet browser activity. This information may be used to include users to marketing lists and mailing lists, and information may even be passed on to scam artists who may use the collection to compile tactics used to defraud individuals and organizations.
Crawler.com search results are primarily sponsored and many users may find the organization of search results confusing. It has been reported that many advertisements and sponsored search results promoted on Crawler Search Engine may contain malicious links and promote non-beneficial software. In-fact, when searching for “botcrawl” on the Crawler Search Engine, the top search results were sponsored and included links to websites we find untrustworthy and would never want our readers to visit.
Crawler Toolbar is in a long line of software developed by Crawler.com and associated websites such as Inbox.com. Every product/software distributed by Crawler.com, Inbox.com, and relating websites have been reported to include Crawler Toolbar with their installments, as well as third-party browser add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and Toolbars. Crawler Toolbar may even bundle with or allow software to bundle along side it’s voluntary download.
Software associated with Crawler Toolbar is listed below and should be avoided or removed (uninstalled). Please note, this list may not be copied for any purpose without notarized permission:
- Email Notifier
- Fun Ball
- Radio & MP3 Player
- RSS Feed Reader
- Desktop Weather
- Desktop Notes
- Crawler Smileys
- Spyware Terminator
- Web Security Guard
- Crawler Parental Control
- Other Xacti Products
- System Protect
- Online Vault
- Movies Toolbar
- Music Toolbar
- Radio Toolbar
- Maps Toolbar
- Games Toolbar
- News Toolbar
- Weather Toolbar
- Dictionary Toolbar
- Sports Toolbar
- Recipes Toolbar
- Country Music Toolbar
- Hip Hop Toolbar
- Casual Games Toolbar
- Jobs Toolbar
- Security Toolbar
- General Toolbar
How does Crawler Toolbar get onto a computer?
Crawler Toolbar and associated products can be manually and voluntarily installed from a variety of websites such as http://crawler.com/ and http://inbox.com/. Crawler Toolbar primarily bundles with Crawler.com and related software that can be manually downloaded, including every title previously discussed and others.
Crawler Toolbar has been known to install to a computer system and attach to internet browsers without consent. This is often due to a compromised installment experience linked to freeware, shareware, codecs, and even torrents.
In some cases the Crawler hijacker can intrude a computer system via advertisements, social media content, and email spam. Clicking suspicious links contained in such content may prompt an undetected installment of unwanted software.
How to remove Crawler Toolbar
- Automatically remove Crawler Toolbar malware – Scan for and automatically remove Crawler Toolbar and third-party malware
- Manually remove Crawler Toolbar – Remove/Uninstall Crawler Toolbar software and third-party malware
1. Automatic Crawler Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove the Crawler Toolbar hijacker and third-party malware such as Inbox Toolbar, as well as automatically remove crawler.com search engine and others from your home page, default search engine, and browser shortcuts.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings start-up up settings, and uninstall Crawler Toolbar and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Crawler Toolbar and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Crawler Toolbar, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Crawler Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Crawler Toolbar and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Crawler Toolbar malware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Crawler Toolbar and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
4. Crawler Toolbar and relating parties may make the uninstall process confusing. Once uninstalled if an alert is prompted that says “Are you sure you want to completely remove Inbox Movies Toolbar (or whichever toolbar) and all of its components?” click Yes. If another notification is prompted with a list of components to remove, make sure all of the radio boxes are checked and click Yes to uninstall any unwanted software Crawler Toolbar malware installs without consent.
How to remove Crawler Toolbar add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Crawler Toolbar add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party titles.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Crawler Toolbar extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Crawler Toolbar add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Crawler Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.