Crawler.com Redirect

Also Known As: Crawler Toolbar
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Crawler.com redirect removal instructions

What is crawler.com?

The Crawler.com meta search engine is used to search the Internet. This website appears legitimate, however, Internet users recently report that the site hijacked their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) by modifying the homepage and default search engine settings. This situation may occur when Internet users download free software powered by the Crawler download manager. Computer users who do not pay close enough attention when installing freeware can inadvertently install various potentially unwanted applications, which subsequently cause browser redirects, unwanted ads, or privacy issues.

crawler.com toolbar

Note that while there is an option to opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins (in this case, the Crawler toolbar), commonly, Internet users are not attentive, and thus, often confused as to the original cause of browser redirects to crawler.com (or other websites). Whilst this website appears legitimate, the Internet search engine provided is crowded with sponsored results - clicking on these can result in installation of additional adware or even malware. If your Internet browsers redirect you to crawler.com, eliminate the Crawler toolbar and restore your browser settings.

The Crawler toolbar is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate browsers through free software downloads and modify the homepage and default search engine settings. Examples include Do-search.comAmazon Smart Search toolbar, amongst many others. To avoid installation of this adware, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software. Always closely check each download step and decline installation of any advertised browser plugins. The safest download source of free software is usually direct from developers' websites.

Screenshot of the Crawler download manager offering installation of the Crawler toolbar:

Crawler.com adware installer

If your Internet browser homepage and default search engine have been changed to crawler.com, use the Crawler toolbar removal instructions provided.

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Quick menu:

Crawler.com redirect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

crawler.com uninstall

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Crawler Toolbar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

At the time of research Crawler toolbar installed together with SiteRanker adware, users should remove this application.

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Crawler.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your computer is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

Crawler.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing crawler.com redirect from Internet Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "Crawler Toolbar" and "Crawler Toolbar Helper" select these entries and click "Remove".

Also remove "SiteRank.dll" - this extension is related to SiteRank, a potentially unwanted application.

Change your homepage:

Removing crawler.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options," in the opened window remove hxxp://www.crawler.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every time you launch Internet Explorer, you can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing crawler.com from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons." In the opened window select "Search Providers," set "Google," "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Crawler Search."

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the crawler toolbar, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Change your homepage:

Removing crawler.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages," hover your mouse over hxxp://www.crawler.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the crawler toolbar, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing crawler toolbar from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "SiteRanker".

Change your homepage:

Removing crawler.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage,click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.crawler.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing crawler.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine settings

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "crawler"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with crawler toolbar removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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