Remove "CrimeWatch" Browser Adware

CrimeWatch is an adware program known as a browser hijacker that modifies the settings of your web browser, without your permission. CrimeWatch changes your web browser's home page and default search provider to a different one. You may also experience some or all of the following issues:
  1. Your search is getting redirected to different websites
  2. Your home page is no longer what it used to be and displays many advertisements
  3. Web pages load much slower than normal
  4. You see multiple toolbars on your web browser which you did not install
  5. You get multiple pop-up alerts for advertisements
Remove CrimeWatch
Generally your home page will be changed and new favorites will be added that point to sites of dubious content. In most cases, CrimeWatch will have made registry changes to your computer, causing the home page to revert back to the unwanted destination even if you change it manually. CrimeWatch may also install itself onto your computer system as a legitimate program, leaving an entry in the 'add-remove programs' list in the control panel with the name "CrimeWatch" or something very similar. CrimeWatch is usually bundled with certain free programs that you normally download and install. These bundles include a licensing agreement that you must accept to download and install the software. The agreement applies to all software in the bundle including the unwanted browser hijacker CrimeWatch.

There are several ways CrimeWatch can infect your computer. It may come as part of a freeware installation that is supported by adware, so always read carefully the disclaimers appearing during the install process, and watch for additional programs that are being installed along with the main software (toolbars, add-ons, extensions, etc.) – make sure you uncheck them, and if this is not possible give up on installing the program all together. CrimeWatch can also come through an infected or misleading e-mail, file share or a drive-by download.

How to Remove CrimeWatch

ByteFence Anti-Malware is a free removal program designed to remove CrimeWatch as well as other malware and adware on your computer. ByteFence scan and removal is 100% free. Please follow the steps below to allow ByteFence to automatically find and remove any traces of malware.

Step 1. Download ByteFence Anti-Malware from the link below. Save the file named bytefence-installer.exe to your Desktop so that we can easily access the file.

Download ByteFence AntiMalware

Step 2. After downloading, navigate to the file bytefence-installer.exe and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware install icon

Step 3. On initial launch of the ByteFence program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware installer setup welcome screen

Step 4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before ByteFence Anti-Malware can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware installer license screen

Step 5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display ByteFence Anti-Malware Setup Completed. Just leave the Launch ByteFence checked and, click Finish.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware install er setup complete

Step 6. Once launched, ByteFence will begin scanning your computer for CrimeWatch along with other malware, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and potentially unwanted software. The initial scan will take about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the size of your computer. During this scan process you can close or minimize the window. Once the scan has completed it will notify you.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware scanning for CrimeWatch

Step 7. After the scan completes you will be presented with a a number of detected malware if your computer turns out to be infected with CrimeWatch along with other risks. You can scroll through the list of all risks detected and check all risks that you would like ByteFence to automatically remove from your computer. (Please not the screen below will be dependent of what risks are found on your computer.)

ByteFence Anti-Malaware detection of CrimeWatch

Step 8. In the bottom right hand corner of the window click the Removed Checked button to begin the removal process. This should take only a few moments.

ByteFence Anti-Malaware removing CrimeWatch

Step 9. Once complete your computer will be risk free and CrimeWatch should be completely removed. if you have run a quick scan you might want to run a full scan afterwards to make sure any left-over items are removed as well (although items are no longer active you might want to remove them too).

Step 10. Just keep ByteFence installed and its real-time protection and schedule scans will keep your computer safe from now on.



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