|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
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MiniBrowser Crawler is an adware program that is being falsely advertised as useful software. The PUP(Potentially unwanted program) may display various advertisements to the user as well as redirect to malicious sites and this is the main reason why experts consider it to be unsafe. In case you see any advertisemends by MiniBrowser Crawler, it is highly advisable to act fast towards its removal.
MiniBrowser Crawler – How Did I Get It?
There are two main methods of distribution that this application may use to slip onto our PC. One is to advertise itself online as a useful and lightweight app. The other and most commonly met with PUPs method is bundling downloads.
Bundled applications may be particularly dangerous for users since the third-party sides that offer bundling in he software they give for free downloading usually do not mind what programs are being combined. This plus the ‘fast-clicking syndrome’ in users is a perfect recipe to install this included ‘free extra’ in the computer by simply missing the Custom or Advanced installation options or ‘Next-ing’ speedily.
MiniBrowser Crawler – More about It
Once installed and ran on your computer, similar to another program – MiniBrowser, the software may begin to collect different information from you, such as your name, IP address, country, language preferences, browsing history, online clicks. This is usually done with the sole purpose of displaying targeted advertisements otherwise known as behavioural advertising.
The ads generated may be pop-ups, banners, highlighted text as well as ad-supported search results. Also, generated advertisements may be two types:
- Ones that are generated instantly such as search results or highlighted text.
- Ones that are generated based on the user’s overall browsing statistics. (Interests, etc.)
They are also the main reason, applications such as MiniBrowser are generally considered to be unsafe:
- They may lead to malicious sites that may insert drive by code onto the user PC.
- Some banners may falsely advertise viruses found on user PCs and may prompt the download of fake antivirus programs that may either exaggerate detections or be malware themselves.
- Some sites may be advertised as a cheap tech support sites to help users with PC issues but may scam users out of their funds by simply charging a lot of money per the phone call.
- Some other websites may subscribe users to SMS services that are automatic and drain money out of the user’s SIM cards.
- There are also sites that may want the user to complete a registration form, survey or prize claim form to receive a reward, free trial of a product or premium access for a service temporary. Such sites usually aim to collect sensitive user data like credit card details.
Removing MiniBrowser Crawler Completely
In order to completely remove MiniBrowser from your PC you should make sure you act fast. One way to do it is to carefully follow the step-by-step instructions below. You should also make sure you employ powerful ad-blocking software in order to prevent any advertisements in the future. And do not forget to install an anti-malware program, because there is a good chance your PC may have been exposed to malicious web links.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall MiniBrowser Crawler in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall MiniBrowser Crawler.
Step 2: Remove MiniBrowser Crawler from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select MiniBrowser Crawler and click “Remove”
After MiniBrowser Crawler is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select MiniBrowser Crawler to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After MiniBrowser Crawler has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on MiniBrowser Crawler
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall MiniBrowser Crawler. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the MiniBrowser Crawler will be removed.