|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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe
Step 2: Uninstall NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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 NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe will be removed.
Eliminate NewsCrawlerSetUp.exe 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.