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How to remove IdleCrawler (Removal Guide)


IdleCrawler (Idle Crawler) is detected as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) by many Antivirus engines. IdleCrawler is a program compatible with Windows operating systems. It is also known to associate with multiple browser attachments for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

IdleCrawler virus

IdleCrawler is known to bundle with other unwanted programs. This means that in order to remove IdleCrawler it will probably be necessary to uninstall multiple third-party programs and remove multiple browser attachments.

Various Antivirus programs will also detect this program as a possible threat. The detections are listed below for 23 Antivirus engines.

IdleCrawler.exe (09a8623b9e478867a52d2c1e9a93c24e) has been flagged by the following 23 scanners:
Anti-Virus software Version Detection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 981 Gen:Variant.Kazy.381269
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Trojan.CL.Clikug
Avira AntiVir TR/Click.Clikug.C.13
avast! 2014.9-140530 Win32:Malware-gen
AVG 2015.0.3459 Clicker
Bitdefender Gen:Variant.Kazy.381269
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Kazy.381269
ESET-NOD32 8.9835 a variant of Win32/GigaClicks.AE
Fortinet FortiGate 5/30/2014 W32/Malware_fam.NB
F-Secure 11.2014-30-05_6 Gen:Variant.Kazy.381269
G Data 14.5.24 Gen:Variant.Kazy.381269
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Trojan-Clicker
K7 AntiVirus 13.178.12171 Riskware
K7GW 13.178.12171 Riskware ( 0040eff71 )
McAfee 5600.7115 Artemis!09A8623B9E47
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7115 Artemis!09A8623B9E47
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.10600 TrojanClicker:Win32/Clikug.C
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Kazy.381269
Panda Antivirus Generic Malware
Sophos 4.98 Mal/Generic-S
Trend Micro 10.465.30 TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0DEL14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.150 TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0DEL14
VIPRE Antivirus 29492 Trojan.Win32.Clicker!BT

Furthermore, browser attachments that bundle with IdleCrawler and generic adware create ‘permissions’ which allow them to perform tasks internet users may find undesirable. Common permissions associated with adware infections are listed below.

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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.


This program creates and schedules new tasks on Windows Task Manager, which allows the program to run every time Windows starts. It will also check to see if it is running, and if disabled, enable itself.

How did IdleCrawler get on my computer?

IdleCrawler software primarily bundles with third-party freeware distributed by websites such as download.com and can also be found in adverts, torrents, and other items on media related websites similar to thepiratebay.

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Users are sometimes given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install IdleCrawler software and other items during the setup process of third-party software; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner.

How to remove IdleCrawler (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove IdleCrawler add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall IdleCrawler

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to access the Windows 8 Start Menu).

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2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

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3. In the list of installed programs search for IdleCrawler and other potentially unwanted software such as WPM. Once located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.

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4. If a new window that says something similar to “Please Help Software to be Free – Internet Deep Research Foundation,” click the No, I still want to uninstall it, Please do so option and click Next.

5. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Remove IdleCrawler malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.


3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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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.

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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.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential IdleCrawler malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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Jared Harrison is an accomplished tech author and entrepreneur, bringing forth over 20 years of extensive expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and various other tech domains. He has made significant contributions to the industry and has been featured in multiple esteemed publications. Jared is widely recognized for his keen intellect and innovative insights, earning him a reputation as a respected figure in the tech community.

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  • Idle crawler was not in the list under programs but I found it by digging into users->appdata->local. There was the uninstall file and it worked just fine. Maybe you can mention that in your article

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