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Danger level 9
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


LocalCrimeWatcher is an Internet browser extension that is categorized as a bad toolbar. We advise you to remove LocalCrimeWatcher because it is a dangerous application created by Mindspark Interactive Network. This developer is notorious for having churned out dozens similar toolbars that are promoted as useful Internet browser extensions (InternetSpeedTracker Toolbar, VerifiedVPN Toolbar, Undeaddies Toolbar) while they are actually not. If you install this bad toolbar, its uselessness will be the least of your worries; as soon as it enters your system, it will automatically take your Internet browser hostage by modifying the homepage and default search provider. This kind of behavior is displayed only by malicious applications; therefore, you should immediately start looking for effective tools that will remove LocalCrimeWatcher from your system.

LocalCrimeWatcher has the official site where you can easily download the toolbar from there. However, there might be some cases when you will install this application inadvertently with companion software. You should be vigilant when you download software distributed via bundles as this way of distribution is preferred to deploy malicious software onto target computers. If your Internet browser is suddenly “embellished” with the LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar, it might be possible that there are more potentially unwanted or dangerous applications on your machine.

LocalCrimeWatcher will automatically switch your default search engine to However, we do not recommend that you trust this search provider due to the fact that it might display search results alongside the promoted sites. The reason why we encourage you to delete LocalCrimeWatcher from your system is that the promoted links might lead you to dangerous content. It might be hard to discern which search results are reliable and which are not, so getting rid of this toolbar would make your research more reliable, and thus secure.

The only way to get the full control of your Internet browser back is be to remove LocalCrimeWatcher from your machine. The guidelines, which we have prepared for you, might ease the removal process. If your default Internet browser is Internet Explorer, removing this toolbar via Control Panel should terminate it from the browser as well. However, if you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you might need to delete LocalCrimeWatcher manually via add-on manager. It might be possible that you have been exposed to malicious content while LocalCrimeWatcher was on your machine; therefore, in order to make sure your computer is clean from threats that can jeopardize your computer system, install automatic antimalware removal software.

Remove LocalCrimeWatcher

From Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. Open the Charm bar at the bottom right corner of your screen and choose Settings.
  2. Click Control Panel and open Programs and Features.
  3. Choose LocalCrimeWatcher in the list.
  4. Click Uninstall/Change to remove the unwanted application.

From Windows 7 & Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Open Programs and Features.
  3. Select LocalCrimeWatcher in the program list.
  4. Click Uninstall/Change.

From Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Choose LocalCrimeWatcher in the list.
  4. Click Remove.

LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar from your Internet browser

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your Internet browser.
  2. Press Alt+H and choose Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox again to proceed with the removal.
  5. Reopen Mozilla Firefox.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F to open the menu and choose Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click Reset settings.
  5. Click Reset.
  6. Restart Google Chrome.
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