GigaClicks Crawler

Also Known As: WebStroller Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

GigaClicks Crawler removal instructions

What is GigaClicks Crawler?

GigaClicks Crawler (or WebStroller) is a potentially unwanted program created by GigaClicks Inc. Developers of this software claim that it utilizes unused computer power and broadband connections to crawl the web. While this functionality does not appear malicious, PC users should be aware that GigaClicks Crawler is categorized as adware, and moreover, some trusted antivirus programs categorize this program as a Trojan. This software should not be trusted since its functionality is identical to malware, turning PCs into bitcoin miners and draining computer resources without users' consent.

Gigaclicks Crawler

WebStroller is also known to track users' Internet browsing activity by recording URLs of pages visited, IP addresses, text and images from pages visited, index of the most frequently visited pages, records of user downloads, and other information. This monitoring can result in serious privacy issues and identity theft. Internet users often install this potentially unwanted program without their consent when downloading or installing free software. Developers of this program use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. GigaClicks Crawler adds no value for computer users, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your operating system.

GigaClicks Crawler is similar to other adware, which infiltrates users' computers using free software downloads. Examples include fake VLC add-onFeven, and Ads not by this site. To avoid installation of these potentially unwanted applications, computer users should be attentive when downloading and installing free software. Today, most freeware download websites (including download.com, softonic.com, and many others) use 'download clients' - small programs, which manage the download process of the chosen free program and monetize the website's free services by offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins. To avoid adware infections, decline installation of advertised browser extensions. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of bundled adware. Computer users who have already installed GigaClicks Crawler should use this removal guide to eliminate it from their operating systems.

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Quick menu:

GigaClicks Crawler 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.

Gigaclicks Crawler uninstall using Control Panel

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

At time of research, GigaClicks Crawler installed together with the following potentially unwanted programs: BasicServe, DesktopWeatherAlerts, iWebar, Mobogenie, MyPC Backup, PC Optimizer Pro, Re-markit, Search Protect, Shopop, Shopper-Pro, Software Version Updater, SpeeditupFree, VO Package, and YTDownloader. These programs are categorized as adware and you can safely uninstall them.

After uninstalling GigaClicks Crawler, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove GigaClicks Crawler from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Gigaclicks Crawler from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for recently installed potentially unwanted plugins, select them and click "Remove".

Removing Gigaclicks Crawler from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the webstroller virus, 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:

Removing Gigaclicks Crawler from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate recently installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Gigaclicks Crawler from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the webstroller virus, 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 Gigaclicks Crawler from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove recently installed potentially unwanted browser add-ons.

Removing Gigaclicks Crawler from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with webstroller virus 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

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 didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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great article. helped to fix this.