Analysis of Crime Watch Activities
Crime Watch shows a thousand of commercial advertisements on PC’s Internet browsers using names like “ads by Crime Watch”, “Powered by Crime Watch” etc. This potentially unwanted program is being distributed by INJECKTS MEDIA since April 2015. Survey report reveals that it has ability to compromised only few old versions of Microsoft Windows OS. They are Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP. This PUP’s new version was recently released on September 22 2016. Hackers have improved its impact level that it leaves your computers.
Moreover, Crime watch is associated with browser add ons that supposedly facilitates PC users latest crime scenes news ans stories directly on their browsers like Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox etc. Its behavior analysis reveals that it is programmed to display sponsored commercial advertisements in repeated mode that makes you feel very irritated and pissed off. The Crime Watch promotions and advertisements may include various coupons, products comparison, affiliate links, pop ups, banners, message boxes and hyperlinked texts. This PUP injects advertisements to the browser’s web pages directly without any permission or notification.
Main issues that have been noticed with Crime Watch are following:
First of all, It disables browser’s protection settings, alters homepage and newtab settings to open up more than a hundred pop up windows at a time in background. So that, you may face unexpected troubles like sudden system crash, freeze up and increased load on CPU and GPU as well.
It may install a number of malicious programs like MPC cleaner, Search Toolbars and other adware without your permission to take control over your browsers and spy on your browsing activities to collect credentials.
Uses you PC resources Internet, browsers to communicate with its distributors on the scheduled time to upload credentials and download updates. May create a bunches of Junk files on your system which may occupy a huge space.
Crime Watch – How does it fall on your PC?
Primarily, during freeware installation Crime Watch fall on your system without any permission/ notification. We have found that they a thousand of bundled software package that come bundled up with this PUP and gets installed along with them. Usually, it doesn’t original name to create its file in installed program list, hence it becomes very difficult to find out and remove it.
Besides, the PUP is also being served via drive by downloads on many most popular websites. If you visit even one of them, your PC might get injected with Crime Watch.
Moreover, it might get installed on your PC via USBs or other infected computers as well. Hence it is highly recommended to keep installed an Antivirus software on your PC and home-computers to avoid infection.
Therefore, if your PC has been infected, do not ignore this high level PC threat, remove Crime Watch from your PC as early as possible. Follow the PUP removal guide:
Learn To Remove Crime Watch Using Manual Methods
Phase 1 : Show Hidden Files To Delete Crime Watch Related Files And Folders
1. For Windows 8 or 10 Users : From the Ribbon’s View in My PC click on Options icon.
2. For Windows 7 or Vista Users : Open My Computer and tap on Organize button on the upper left corner and then to Folder and Search Options from the drop down menu.
3. Now go to the View tab and enable Show hidden files and folder options and then uncheck the Hide protected system operating files checkbox option below.
4. Finally look for any suspicious files in the hidden folders as given below and delete it.
Phase 2 : Get Rid of Crime Watch Related Extensions Related From Different Web Browsers
From Chrome :
1. Click on Menu icon, hover through More Tools then tap on Extensions.
2. Now click on Trash icon on the extensions tab there next to suspicious extensions to remove it.
From Internet Explorer :
1. Click on Manage add-ons option from the drop down menu on going through Gear icon.
2. Now if you find any suspicious extension in the Toolbars and Extensions panel then right click on it and Delete option to remove it.
From Mozilla Firefox :
1. Tap on Add-ons on going through Menu icon.
2. In the Extensions tab click on Disable or Remove button next to Crime Watch related extensions to remove them.
From Opera :
1. Press Opera menu, hover to Extensions and then select Extensions manager there.
2. Now if any browser extension looks suspicious to you then click on (X) button to remove it.
From Safari :
1. Click Preferences… on going through Settings Gear icon.
2. Now on Extensions tab click on Uninstall button to remove it.
From Microsoft Edge :
Note:–As there is no option for Extension Manager in Microsoft Edge so in order to sort out issues related with adware programs in MS Edge you can change its default homepage and search engine.
Change Default Homepage of Ms Edge –
1. Click on More(…) followed by Settings and then to Start page under Open With section.
2. Now select View advanced settings button and then in Search in the address bar with section, you can select Google or any other homepage as your preference.
Change Default Search Engine Settings of Ms Edge –
1. Select More(…) then Settings followed by View advanced settings button.
2. Under Search in the address bar with box click on <Add new>. Now you can choose from the available list of search providers or add you preferred search engine and click Add as default.
Phase 3 : Block Unwanted Pop-ups from Crime Watch On Different Web Browsers
1. Google Chrome : Click Menu icon → Settings → Show advanced settings… → Content Settings… under Privacy section → enable Do not allow any site to show pop-ups (recommended) option → Done.
2. Mozilla Firefox : Tap on Menu icon → Options → Content panel → check Block pop-up windows in Pop-ups section.
3. Internet Explorer : Click Gear Settings icon → Internet Options → in Privacy tab enable Turn on Pop-up Blocker under Pop-up Blocker Section.
4. Microsoft Edge : Press More(…) option → Settings → View advanced settings → toggle on Block pop-ups.
Still having troubles in removing Crime Watch from your compromised PC ? Then you don’t need to worry. You can feel free to ask questions to us about malware related issues.