How to Get Rid of a Webcrawler

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Webcrawler programs often automatically install a toolbar in your Internet browser, which can be both annoying and unsafe. Removing the toolbar, and the program responsible for it, is fairly simple, but takes a little time, and patience. Webcrawler programs are considered to be malware, or spyware, by many anti-virus programs. Luckily, the programs usually show up under the "Add/Remove Program" list and can be removed fairly easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-virus program
  • Disable the webcrawler toolbar by clicking on "View," then "Toolbars," in your internet browser. De-select the webcrawler toolbar.

  • Exit your browser and click on "Start Menu." Select "Control Panel" and "Add/Remove Programs."

  • Locate the webcrawler program and select it to be uninstalled. Click "Uninstall." Wait a moment while the program is uninstalled.

  • Click on "Start" and "Search." Enter the name of the webcrawler program and click the "Search" icon. If files related to the webcrawler program are found, delete them by highlighting them and either hitting the delete button on your keyboard or dragging them to the recycle bin.

  • Open your anti-virus program and run a full scan. Allow the scan to complete. Most updated anti-virus or anti-malware programs will detect webcrawler programs.

  • Select the option to delete any webcrawler files found during your anti-virus scan.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a reputable anti-virus program that scans for viruses, malware and spyware. There are free versions of many quality programs available online. Download only from secure, official sites, and scan downloads for viruses before running them.
  • Third-party uninstaller programs are available to remove programs such as webcrawler toolbars. Use caution when downloading third-party software.
  • Never download a program from a website that is not secure or reputable.

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