What is IdleCrawler

According to information written on the official website, IdleCrawler is a piece of software allowing users get insights about their competitors and create successful marketing campaigns (by tracking SERP information). Unfortunately, it’s usefulness is heavily doubted due to poor performance of the proclaimed features. During investigation, it was found that IdleCrawler does not create any boot-up shortcuts which makes its usage uncertain. The only way users find out about its presence is if they open a list of all programs. Once installed, it automatically launches two processes called Runner.exe and Navigate.exe, which run in the background and cause high CPU usage. This can therefore lead to slower PC performance and Internet speed. In addition to this, IdleCrawler also installs two entries in Windows Task Scheduler named Special IC Runner and Advanced IC Updating. The first is meant to boot the app each time a user logs into Windows and the other is used for downloading configuration instructions for the already mentioned Runner.exe process. As a rule, software like IdleCrawler is less likely to be installed by users themselves – instead, it is usually distributed via third-party program installers and without users’ consent. We should therefore note that IdleCrawler is not a piece of malware, but rather unwanted software that may get installed unwillingly. This and other information stated above gives a solid amount of reasons why IdleCrawler should be removed from your system. You can follow our guide below to do it effectively without traces.

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How IdleCrawler infected your computer

Many third-party vendors that promote free software on their website monetize their work by advertising additional offers of other developers. It can be separate programs or browser plug-ins offered as something “useful” while completing the setup. You may oftentimes find them hidden inside of “Advanced” or “Custom” sections that can be adjusted at some point of the installation process. Is missed or intentionally ignored without deselecting their choice, such offers will most likely be installed and cause a lot of confusion on how has it happened. To avoid this and other infection types in the future, it is important to be more careful and instead opt for primarily legitimate software – download from official and trusted resources as well. You can read our guide below for more practical information related to this topic.

  1. Download IdleCrawler Removal Tool
  2. Remove/Uninstall IdleCrawler from Control Panel
  3. Cannot remove/uninstall IdleCrawler using standard methods
  4. Remove IdleCrawler files, folders and registry keys
  5. Block pop-ups promoting IdleCrawler
  6. How to protect from threats, like IdleCrawler

Download IdleCrawler Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter

To remove IdleCrawler from Windows completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter from EnigmaSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of SpyHunter and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download Malwarebytes

To remove IdleCrawler from Windows completely, we recommend you to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of IdleCrawler and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove IdleCrawler manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full IdleCrawler removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of IdleCrawler installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove IdleCrawler from Control Panel

To start removing IdleCrawler you should remove it using Control Panel. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

Remove IdleCrawler from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find IdleCrawler.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove IdleCrawler from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find IdleCrawler and click Uninstall.

Remove IdleCrawler from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find IdleCrawler, click Uninstall.

Remove IdleCrawler from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall IdleCrawler from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate IdleCrawler in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate IdleCrawler in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove IdleCrawler from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate IdleCrawler in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.

Cannot uninstall IdleCrawler

In some cases, IdleCrawler won’t uninstall and gives you a message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall IdleCrawler. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing IdleCrawler folder and files. This happens because some file or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall IdleCrawler in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove IdleCrawler.

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove files, folders and registry keys of IdleCrawler

IdleCrawler files:


Runner.exe
Navigate.exe

IdleCrawler folders:

C:\Program Files (x86)\IdleCrawler
C:\Users\{yourusername}\AppData\Roaming\IdleCrawler

IdleCrawler registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IdleCrawler
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\IdleCrawler_is1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\IdleCrawler

How to block ads and pop-ups, offering to download IdleCrawler

As IdleCrawler is mostly distributed via special ads and pop-ups promising to fix windows errors or remove viruses, a good way to avoid the installation of IdleCrawler is to block such ads in browsers. There are a couple of programs that have such functions. We recommend you use AdGuard to remove ads by IdleCrawler from browsers. Download free trial here:

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