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Should I remove Idle~_~Crawler?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,682
United States Rank #16,144
Reach 0.0072%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.21 days
625.81 days >
Average installed length: 328.81 days


VersionDistribution 71.13% 11.97% 16.90%


What is Idle~_~Crawler?

This program which could be classified as spyware will monitor the web pages and domains the user visits. It bundles a version of Chrome it uses to crawl web sites and pages in the background as instructed by a remote server.

The software is typically distributed through bundled deals such as with sponsored Conduit offers.

Copyright © web research foundation


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). 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 Idle~_~Crawler.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 26 files and is usually about 125.26 MB (131,341,130 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Idle~_~Crawler.
Idle~_~Crawler.exe (ecdefa2af71bd007dfc575820847fde9) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
CAT-QuickHeal TrojanClicker.Clikug.r6
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Clikug
Malwarebytes v2014.11.20.07 PUP.Optional.IdleCrawler.A
McAfee 5600.6940 Artemis!ECDEFA2AF71B
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6940 BehavesLike.Win32.Ransom.ch
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.11005 TrojanClicker:Win32/Clikug.D
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.324 TROJ_GEN.R028H01I714
Idle~_~Crawler has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: web research foundation
URL: IdleCrawler.com/help
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\idle~_~crawler
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Idle~_~Crawler\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 125.26 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Idle~_~Crawler

Program executable:Idle~_~Crawler.exe (Malware detected)
  • uninstall.exe (by web research foundation) - Idle~_~Crawler (Setup Application)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Idle~_~Crawler.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Idle~_~Crawler Update' (runs when idle).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Idle~_~Crawler.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Idle~_~Crawler Runner.

How do I remove Idle~_~Crawler?

You can uninstall Idle~_~Crawler 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Idle~_~Crawler, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Idle~_~Crawler.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win XP 1%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.86%
Windows 10 32.39%
Windows Vista 7.04%
Windows XP 0.70%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 42.96%
Windows 8.1 22.54%
Windows 7 Professional 7.04%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.34%
Windows 8 4.93%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

73.81% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 73.81%
  United Kingdom 19.05%
  Canada 4.76%
  Australia 1.43%
  Hong Kong 0.48%
  UA 0.48%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 41.74%
Dell 21.74%
Toshiba 12.17%
Acer 6.96%
Lenovo 6.09%
ASUS 4.35%
Samsung 3.48%
Intel 0.87%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.42%
Dell Inspiron 1545 4.42%
ASUS All Series 2.65%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 1.77%
Dell Inspiron N5110 1.77%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.77%


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