Crime Watch Overview
WARNING! TO ALL READERS! Crime Watch is the sort of virus that attempts to trick you into installing more of its kind, or worse. This type is called adware, and since the main thing it relies on is manipulating you into giving it access, we believe it is extremely important to list here all the possible ways it can do that. I hope you heed our warning, because if you fail to do so, there is a chance a ransomware will land on your PC – a kind of virus that locks up your files then demands money to release them. If this has gotten your attention, here are the most widely known tactics used by Crime Watch:
- The first one is a classic scheme – fake updates for programs like Java or Flash Player. Alternatively it can be about windows updates. Often these things look like the real deal, but be extremely wary of clicking anything. Trust me, the updates won’t run away. Make sure to remove Crime Watch before updating anything. The updates targeted here are often for the most widely used and popular programs.
- Additionally, adware (a portmanteau for advertisement and malware), the type Crime Watch belongs to have recently gained the ability to scan your Control Panel for all the programs you have installed. Adware now have an in-built library of the most popular entries and can impersonate them at leisure.
- Banners will invariably start appearing, prompting you to add missing plugins.
Aside from these things, we’ve compiled a list of the other widely accepted side effects all adware bring about, not just Crime Watch. These will pass as soon as you remove the virus.:
—-A general slowness of the PC. The CPU takes a severe hit after the infection spreads, because it has to single-handedly create and load the advertisements on top of the pages’ layout. This results in increased loading times, which can be significantly reduced by leaving as few tabs open as possible.
—-Sound glitches when playing music, stuttering, occasional browser crashing and freezing even when doing the most mundane tasks on your PC.
—-And most importantly: Crime Watch is one of the viruses reportedly capable of collecting your IP, user names for accounts and passwords. Everything, including browsing habits, is recorded and then sent to whoever created the virus. This is done about a week after the infection begins. If you noticed it and immediately consulted this guide, you probably still have time. If you waited, your accounts may be exposed – especially the ones using your credit cards. We recommend that you change their passwords AFTER getting rid of Crime Watch.
How to Remove Ads by Crime Watch
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Ads by Crime Watch has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by Crime Watch . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Ads by Crime Watch should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by Crime Watch and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Ads by Crime Watch. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.