|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.
Step 3: Remove MiniBrowser Crawler automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MiniBrowser Crawler from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MiniBrowser Crawler from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MiniBrowser Crawler from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MiniBrowser Crawler from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MiniBrowser Crawler from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MiniBrowser Crawler from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MiniBrowser Crawler from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MiniBrowser Crawler from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MiniBrowser Crawler
Step 2: Uninstall MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MiniBrowser Crawler from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MiniBrowser Crawler, 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 MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler 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.
Remove MiniBrowser Crawler 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 MiniBrowser Crawler will be removed.
Eliminate MiniBrowser Crawler 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.