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What percent of users and experts removed it?
38% remove it62% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,302
United States Rank #23,027
Reach 0.1645%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.34 days
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Average installed length: 51.75 days

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metaCrawler

What is metaCrawler?

metaCrawler Toolbar is a web browser extension and Browser helper Object (for Internet Explorer) that delivers contextual based advertising to the web browser. In addition it will modify the user's browser home and search pages as well as 'New Tab' pages to push advertising and search. MetaCrawler is a metasearch engine that blends the top web search results from Google, Yahoo!, Bing (formerly Live Search), Ask.com, About.com, MIVA, LookSmart and other popular search engines.

Overview

metaCrawler is a software program developed by InfoSpace. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named metacrawlersrv.exe. The setup package generally installs about 9 files and is usually about 1.89 MB (1,981,313 bytes). The installed file MetaCrawlerUpdater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8. While about 18% of users of metaCrawler come from Brazil, it is also popular in India and MA.
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in metaCrawler.
metacrawlersrv.exe (b719c85310f071cf8658e42f56f5da4e) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 17672 ApplicUnwnt
ESET-NOD32 8.9337 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.A
metacrawlerTlbr.dll (44e7e71ce11bafc8af33ab4b1ae92c2e) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 5.5.1.3 Adware.DelBar!
Dr.Web Adware.Toolbar.205
ESET-NOD32 9251 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.F
K7GW 9.175.10735 Trojan ( 0048defd1 )
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R08NH07KP13

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.metacrawler.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\metacrawler\1.8.19.0
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\metaCrawler\1.8.19.0\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 1.89 MB

Program filesFiles installed by metaCrawler

Program executable:metacrawlersrv.exe (Malware detected)
Name:MetaCrawler Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\metacrawler\1.8.19.0\metacrawlersrv.exe
MD5:b719c85310f071cf8658e42f56f5da4e
Additional files:
  • metacrawlerEng.dll (by Info Space) - MetaCrawler Toolbar
  • uninstall.exe (by Setup ©) - Setup© (Setup)
  • MetaCrawlerUpdater.exe
  • escortShld.dll
  • metacrawlerApp.dll (by Info Space)
  • (Malware detected) metacrawlerTlbr.dll (by Info Space)
  • Sqlite3.dll
  • UpdateTask.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • metacrawlerTlbr.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'metacrawler Toolbar' with the class of {7EACAC38-B7F6-4514-9DC1-3428A7964ABD}.
Scheduled Task
  • UpdateTask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MetaCrawler' (runs daily at 14:19).

How do I remove metaCrawler?

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Or, you can uninstall metaCrawler from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program metaCrawler, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove metaCrawler.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by metaCrawler you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 8 0%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 38%
Keep it 62%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.48%
Windows 8 16.11%
Windows XP 9.98%
Windows Vista 5.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.70%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.04%
Windows 7 Professional 10.04%
Windows 8 4.75%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.05%

Distribution by countryGeography

18.08% of installs come from Brazil
Which countries install it?
  Brazil 18.08%
  India 6.97%
  MA 6.97%
  Israel 5.65%
  Germany 4.33%
  United States 4.33%
  UA 3.95%
  Japan 3.58%
  Turkey 3.58%
  Italy 3.39%
  France 2.82%
  Russia 2.45%
  Mexico 2.26%
  Poland 2.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.45%
Hewlett-Packard 21.41%
Dell 12.89%
ASUS 8.73%
Lenovo 6.86%
Toshiba 6.44%
GIGABYTE 4.99%
Samsung 4.99%
Sony 3.33%
Intel 2.29%
American Megatrends 2.08%
Medion 1.46%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.89%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.68%
HP G62 Notebook PC 0.84%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 0.63%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 0.63%
ECS G31T-M7 0.63%

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