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What percent of users and experts removed it?
59% remove it41% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,942
United States Rank #25,092
Reach 0.1352%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.78 days
258.97 days >
Average installed length: 136.07 days


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.


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.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
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
UpdateTask.exe (d8ceb5193d356b415f5528a49ace3e86) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Trojan.GenericKD.1586616
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.DealPly.40
Bitdefender 7.2 Trojan.GenericKD.1586616
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.GenericKD.1586616 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9495 a variant of Win32/DealPly.O
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Trojan.GenericKD.1586616
G Data 24 Trojan.GenericKD.1586616
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11322 Trojan ( 0049548c1 )
K7GW 9.176.11322 Trojan ( 0049548c1 )
McAfee Artemis!D8CEB5193D35
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!D8CEB5193D35
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.GenericKD.1586616
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0214
VIPRE Antivirus 27048 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
metacrawlerTlbr.dll (44e7e71ce11bafc8af33ab4b1ae92c2e) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 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
       View all 21 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: metaCrawler
URL: www.metacrawler.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\metacrawler\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\metaCrawler\\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\\metacrawlersrv.exe
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe (by Setup ©) - Setup© (Setup)
  • (Malware detected) UpdateTask.exe
  • metacrawlerEng.dll (by Info Space) - MetaCrawler Toolbar
  • MetaCrawlerUpdater.exe
  • escortShld.dll
  • metacrawlerApp.dll (by Info Space)
  • (Malware detected) metacrawlerTlbr.dll
  • Sqlite3.dll

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 8:52 PM).

How do I remove metaCrawler?

Quickly and completely remove metaCrawler from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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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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Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 8 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 59%
Keep it 41%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.65%
Windows 8 16.25%
Windows XP 9.15%
Windows Vista 5.95%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.20%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.85%
Windows 7 Professional 10.76%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.15%
Windows 7 Home Basic 5.15%
Windows 8 Single Language 4.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

19.54% of installs come from Brazil
Which countries install it?
  Brazil 19.54%
  India 11.36%
  MA 5.98%
  Israel 4.27%
  Italy 4.27%
  France 3.54%
  Germany 3.30%
  UA 3.17%
  Russia 3.05%
  Japan 2.81%
  Turkey 2.69%
  United States 2.69%
  United Kingdom 2.32%
  Mexico 2.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.80%
Acer 22.46%
Dell 17.66%
Samsung 8.06%
ASUS 7.10%
Toshiba 5.57%
Lenovo 4.41%
Intel 3.07%
Sahara 1.34%
American Megatrends 0.96%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.67%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.07%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.22%
Positivo Positivo MO... 2.22%
Acer Aspire E1-531 1.85%
Dell Inspiron 3521 1.85%


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