|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The software is advertised as a personalized newspaper.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, its official page, freeware sites.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe|
User complaints have been registered about search.newscrawler.com. What users report is having their home pages and search pages changed to search.Newscrawler.com without their initial knowledge or consent. The search engine itself may not be suspicious. As a matter of fact, the developers of the search engine have implemented Bing results.
As of the software itself – NewsCrawler – it is advertised as a personalized newspaper. The primary file of NewsCrawler is NewsCrawlerSetpUp.exe. While installing the software for analysis, the AV software displayed several alerts, and the Windows Firewall tried to block it.
When the application is installed, it creates a StartUp menu shortcut. The software installer applied by the developers is NullSoft.
NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe Scan Report
We have uploaded the primary executable on VirusTotal. Even though the malware detection rate is very low, it still appears suspicious. One anti-virus solution has detected the website search.newscrawler.com as malicious.
The application has been flagged as possibly unwanted. As visible by the screenshot provided below, three reputable AV software providers have detected the applications as it follows:
- ClamAV has flagged NewsCrawler as a Possibly Unwanted Application. While not necessarily malicious, the scanned file presents certain characteristics which depending on the user policies and environment may or may not represent a threat.
- TrendMicro’s heuristic engine has flagged this file as: Suspicious_GEN.F47V0510.
- Symantec reputation has flagged the application as Suspicious.Insight.
Should I Remove NewsCrawler from My System?
NewsCrawler may seem like a useful application, but it may put the system at risk. On one hand, the software providers may share your information with interested third parties for the purpose of displaying relevant advertisements. On the other hand, the application may be bundled with a number of freeware products that may come as recommended during the installation process. By opting for the custom option, users are granted the chance to opt out of downloading recommended software. However, if you’re not careful, you may end up having unknown PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) installed on your system.
Here is an excerpt of the End User License Agreement of NewsCrawler:
Delivery of Advertising
The vice versa is also possible: NewsCrawler may have landed on your PC after you have downloaded a free product from the Web. To put it in fewer words, bundling goes both sides.
We have provided several easy-to-follow steps to rid the browser of search.Newscrawler.com. Also, if you want to make sure that you have no possibly unwanted applications running in the background, you should scan your system and remove all detected objects.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe.
Step 2: Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe and click “Remove”
After NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe.
Removing NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe.
Step 4: Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe associated objects.