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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow internet connection
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission

CrankWeb

CrankWeb is an adware application that belongs to SuperWeb family of browser extensions. This application should be available for download at crankweb.com, but that is not exactly the case. If you have CrankWeb installed on your computer, it means that you have recently downloaded it bundled with freeware from a third party website. Remove CrankWeb from your computer to avoid annoying commercial advertisements and various computer security risks. It would also be a good idea to terminate any other potentially unwanted applications that you might have accidentally installed on your computer.

Due to the fact that CrankWeb is part of SuperWeb family, it is no different from BooZaka Ads, BrowseBurst, Trolatunt and other similar applications. CrankWeb is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers. At the official website you are told that CrankWeb is “the best way to search”. In other words, this application is supposed to improve your overall web searching experience by providing custom search results.

Needless to say, that these custom search results can be provided, because CrankWeb collects information on your web browsing habits and then generates your online profile, figuratively speaking “getting an idea” of what you like and what you prefer. Thus, when CrankWeb starts displaying various commercial ads, most of them are related to your preferences, and it increases the possibility of you clicking an advertisement.

However, it is obvious that one should never click a banner ad, shopping suggestions or any other kind of pop-up that is branded “ads by CrankWeb” or “CrankWeb ads”. The application promote third party content on its ads without even bothering to check whether it is really safe, so if you click CrankWeb ads, you might get redirected to corrupted websites that collect data for online marketing purposes or worse – you could get exposed to malware distribution scheme.

Since CrankWeb always comes bundled with other installers and downloaders, you need to refrain from downloading applications from unknown sources. Remove CrankWeb from your computer via Control panel and then scan the system with SpyHunter free scanner. Since this application never comes alone you are bound to have other potentially unwanted applications installed on your PC.

Terminate all the unnecessary freeware apps and then run a full system scan once more, because that is the best way to be sure that your computer is absolutely safe. Invest in a powerful antimalware tool if necessary, and do leave us a comment below if you need any assistance with CrankWeb’s removal. We also welcome any kind of questions about computer security in general.

How to remove CrankWeb

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Wait for Charm bar to appear and then click Settings.
  3. Go to Control panel and open Uninstall a program.
  4. Highlight CrankWeb and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove CrankWeb.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall CrankWeb.
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How to manually remove CrankWeb

Files associated with CrankWeb infection:

FilterApp_C.exe
CrankWebbho.dll
XTLSApp.exe
CrankWeb.BrowserAdapter.exe
CrankWeb.PurBrowse.exe
updateCrankWeb.exe
utilCrankWeb.exe
CrankWeb.FirstRun.exe
CrankWeb.PurBrowse64.exe
FilterApp_C64.exe

CrankWeb DLL's to remove:

CrankWebbho.dll

CrankWeb processes to kill:

FilterApp_C64.exe
CrankWeb.FirstRun.exe
updateCrankWeb.exe
CrankWeb.PurBrowse.exe
utilCrankWeb.exe
CrankWeb.PurBrowse64.exe
XTLSApp.exe
CrankWeb.BrowserAdapter.exe
FilterApp_C.exe
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