What is Webcrawler.com

Webcrawler.com is a legitimate alternative to many search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others. Unfortunately, some extortionists abuse it to generate unwanted content as well as redirects to suspicious domains. If your queries started being redirected through Webcrawler.com without consent, there is a chance that your browser is controlled by a browser hijacker – potentially unwanted program designed to modify browser settings in order to gain personal access and collect sensitive data to make earnings upon. Initially, the browser is impacted by chumsearch.com that replaces the default homepage and uses Webcrawler.com to show results from. Such changes can rise massive privacy issues and sometimes lead to additional infections. To get rid of unwanted redirects and clean up your system from suspicious applications, follow our instructions below.

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How Webcrawler.com infected your computer

There is a number of ways used by browser hijackers to attack unprotected systems. First and most efficient is considered to be bundling which implies promoting freeware with additional offers. These offers often get missed by inexperienced users when running the setup. To prevent this, you should stroll around “Advanced” or “Custom” and deselect all content in it. In some cases, users are not allowed to uncheck additional offers because they are installed inherently with the program. Another potential method used by cybercriminals is attracting people to click on ads and banners that contain malicious redirects. If you appeared on a website scripted for the automatic installation, your PC will be infected in the background without your consent. To make sure you stay protected after removing browser hijackers, we have gathered a range of tools that will provide a strong shield against contemporary threats.

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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To remove Webcrawler.com completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Webcrawler.com and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download Combo Cleaner

To remove Webcrawler.com completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Webcrawler.com and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Combo Cleaner offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove Webcrawler.com manually for free

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

Note: Webcrawler.com can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Webcrawler.com from Control Panel

To start removing Webcrawler.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Webcrawler.com” or “Webcrawler.com”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac.

Remove Webcrawler.com from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Webcrawler.com might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Webcrawler.com from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Webcrawler.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Webcrawler.com or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Webcrawler.com from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Webcrawler.com or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Webcrawler.com 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 Webcrawler.com or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Webcrawler.com from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Webcrawler.com 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 Webcrawler.com or other suspicious program 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 Webcrawler.com or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Webcrawler.com

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

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type 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 Webcrawler.com or other suspicious program

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

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Webcrawler.com using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Webcrawler.com. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Webcrawler.com from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Webcrawler.com.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Webcrawler.com from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Webcrawler.com related extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Webcrawler.com extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Webcrawler.com or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Webcrawler.com or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Webcrawler.com from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Webcrawler.com, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Webcrawler.com or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Webcrawler.com does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Webcrawler.com or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Webcrawler.com installs a search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including related to Webcrawler.com. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.