Crime Watch – Beware of That Adware
Crime Watch application, created by Mathematical Applications company, is promoted as a free, browser-based tool counting and informing its users for the numbers of crimes committed all over the world real-time. What Crime Watch actually does though is gathering information for its users’ Internet browsing activities, bookmarks, history, cookies, etc. in order for it to send them pop-up advertisements based on what they like. Therefore, Crime Watch is being defined as an adware or a PUP program.
How Does Crime Watch Adware Affect Your Machine?
Crime Watch adware supports third-party advertisements in the form of coupons, vouchers, price comparisons, banners, pop-up windows, etc. and is being added by a plug-in or add-on to users’ browsers. The advertisements can be injected into the web page or inserted into its content. Thus, Crime Watch adware may change their content for advertisement purposes. A common practice during the adware installation is additional features to be offered. Some of them include search tool banners offering a way to users to organize their bookmarks, enter their social media accounts and get the latest news in a new way. The Crime Watch adware purpose in this case is to dig into users’ activity even further. These tools are optional though and will be installed only upon users’ permission.
The Crime Watch adware does not only infiltrate advertisements into the websites the users are visiting, but it also may share the collected data with third parties for further advertising. This may significantly slow down the computer’s performance. Potentially, what Crime Watch might do further is change users’ settings and combine with other unwanted software.
In addition to Crime Watch PUP regularly tracking user’s activities and gathering information on their preferences, the adware also scans their software and hardware information. Crime Watch looks for information like IP addresses, operational system type, unique identification numbers, browser type, etc. Beware that this is a sensitive data which may result in credentials and identity thefts. This is why it is highly recommended to uninstall Crime Watch.
How Is Crime Watch Adware Distributed?
Adware or PUP programs are usually installed on a machine on a pay-per-install bundle or are coming as a package with other programs users wanted to install. The package is a smart way of spreading out programs so they can be infiltrated into the system without users’ notice. In most cases, if users do not select the “custom installation” option of the program, they may end up with additional, unwanted such. Nor Crime Watch, neither other adware programs have any significant value for users – their aim is to increase income by online advertisements and potential sharing of users’ data with third parties. Be careful what your program installation packages contain.
How to Remove Crime Watch Adware?
Removing Crime Watch is strongly recommended for prevention of gathering and sharing data to third parties and in speeding up computer and browsers performance. Here’s how users can uninstall it from their machines.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Crime Watch from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Crime Watch from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Crime Watch from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Crime Watch from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Crime Watch from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Delete Crime Watch from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Crime Watch from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Crime Watch from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Crime Watch
Step 2: Uninstall Crime Watch and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Crime Watch on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Crime Watch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Crime Watch from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Crime Watch and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Crime Watch via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Crime Watch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Crime Watch, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Crime Watch from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Crime Watch from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Crime Watch from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete Crime Watch from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Crime Watch will be removed.
Eliminate Crime Watch from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.