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.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.