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How to Remove LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com Redirect?

 

How to get rid of browser toolbar that labeled with “LocalCrimeWatcher”? My browser starts up on home.tb.ask.com instead of my default homepage. How can I get my home page back? Pleas help.

In this post, we will guide you to remove LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar and restore your browser setting.

 

 

About LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Ask.com Redirect

 

LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar is boosted as a browser extension that keeps you informed with latest headlines, public records, arrest records to protect your family. With LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar installed, you can look up local crime reports, criminal records and search sex offenders in your area. However, it is commonly distributed through free download from the Internet, so you are unaware of its installation. That’s also why most of computer users consider it as a computer virus.

LocalCrimeWatcher is developed by Mindspark Interactive Network and powered by Ask, with the purpose to boost advertising revenue and accumulate hits for partnered websites.

LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar and home.tb.ask.com homepage

Once installed, it will add LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar to your installed internet browser which can access all data on your computer and the websites you visit. At the same time, it tampers with the settings of your browser, changing the web browser’s default home page, startup page and new tab to home.tb.ask.com and default search engine to Ask Web Search (search.tb.ask.com).

LocalCrimeWatcher 1

Ask.com (home.tb.ask.com) is actually an add-supported search engine although it mimics legitimate search engine. It will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search result to get pay-per-click revenue. It may also collect your personal information such as your search terms and browsing habits in order to feed you more precise ads.

LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar is technically not a virus, but a PUP (potentially unwanted program). Due to its sneaky and stealthy behaviors, most of computer users rank low in acceptance of this software. Also, it is reported that computer and web browser runs notably slower than ever after being infected by LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar. You are highly suggested to remove this toolbar if it isn’t installed by you personally and intentionally.

 

 

How to Remove LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com Redirect? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                           

Outline of the removal guide:

Option 1 Remove LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and restore browser settings automatically

     Step 1 Uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar with Anvi Uninstaller

     Step 2 Restore browser settings with Anvi Slim Toolbar

Option 2 Remove LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and restore browser settings manually

     Step 1 Uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar through Control Panel

     Step 2 Remove residual damages from your internet browser

     Step 3 Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

Recommended—scan and remove malicious files with Anvi Smart Defender

                                                                                                            

 

Option 1 Remove LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and restore browser settings automatically

 

Step 1 Uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

2. To uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and related malicious program:

Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list → locate LocalCrimeWatcher and any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove

Please search for and uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar, LocalCrimeWatcher Firefox Toolbar and any other unwanted or unknown applications that installed around the time your computer is infected by this toolbar.

Cloud System Booster-Anvi Uninstaller

uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher 1

 

Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

3. To clean residual files:

Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished

Cloud System Booster 3.1-Clear

 

 

Step 2 Restore browser settings with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Anvi Slim Toolbar is a tool developed to manage extensions and toolbars on your web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome). With Anvi Slim Toolbar you can modify the homepage and default search engine of your installed web browser easily.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Check or tick LocalCrimeWatcher and browser add-ons by MindSpark → hit Remove button

remove FreeBillPayAlert extension

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

AST-restore center

 

4. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

 

Now LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com redirect should have been removed from your computer and internet browser. If you have any question or problem, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Option 2 Remove LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and restore browser settings manually

 

Step 1 Uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar through Control Panel

 

Since LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar may come bundled with other applications, so you need uninstall not only LocalCrimeWatcher Internet Explorer Toolbar, LocalCrimeWatcher Firefox Toolbar but also other suspicious programs that installed around the time your computer is infected by LocalCrimeWatcher toolbar.

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher toolbars and any unwanted and unknown third-party programs

uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher 1

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall LocalCrimeWatcher toolbars and any unwanted and unknown third-party programs

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove LocalCrimeWatcher toolbars and any unwanted and unknown third-party programs

 

 

Step 2 Remove residual damages from your internet browser

 

For Internet Explorer Users
For Mozilla Firefox Users
For Google Chrome Users

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

 

1. To change homepage: click on the gear icon or Tools at the top right corner → select Internet options → hit General tab in the menu → replace http://home.tb.ask.com/ with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

IE-homepage set

 

2. To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → click on Mindspark Interactive Network → right click on LocalCrimeWatcher → choose Disable All in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

LocalCrimeWatcher on IE

3. To reset search provider: Switch to Search Providers tab → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click Ask Web Search → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

Ask Web Search on IE

 

That’s all for the removal of LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com redirect virus, if you have only Internet Explorer on your computer.

Next

 

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

Firefox-homepage setting

 

2. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate Ask Web Search → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider as default search engine from the menu

Ask Web Search on Firefox

 

3. To remove Add-ons: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove LocalCrimeWatcher

LocalCrimeWatcher on Firefox

 

Switch to Plugins tab → locate MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub and any other suspicious plugin → Click on Never Activate button

Mindspark Toolbar Platform Plugin

 

That’s all for the removal of LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com redirect virus, if you have only Internet Explorer and/or Firefox on your computer.

Next

 

 

For Google Chrome Users:

 

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

Chrome-setting

 

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove http://home.tb.ask.com/ by clicking the X at the end of the bar

set Chrome startup page

 

2. To change homepage: hit Change → change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

set Chrome homepage

 

3. To reset default search engine: click on Manage search engine → set a desired search engine as your default search engine → remove Ask.com from the list by clicking the recycle bin

set Chrome search engine

 

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → locate LocalCrimeWatcher or any other suspicious extensions → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

LocalCrimeWatcher on Chrome

 

 

Step 3 Clean up and speed up your PC with Cloud System Booster

 

Please note that after uninstall malicious programs, there will be many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

2. Since you may have been lead to vicious websites, you’d better delete browser cookies to prevent being infected by the drive-by downloads from those websites again.

To do this, launch Cloud System Booster, then go to go to Disk Cleaner and check the items you want Cloud System Booster to clear

Cloud System Booster 3.1-cookies removal

 

3. After that, go back to Home tab and click on Quick Care to scan junk files in your system. Click on Clear button when scan finished.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-Clear

 

Now, LocalCrimeWatcher Toolbar and Home.tb.ask.com redirect should have been removed completely from your computer. If you have encountered any problem in removing this virus, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

Recommended—scan and remove malicious files with Anvi Smart Defender

 

 

Browser hijackers like Ask.com may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Launch Anvi Smart Defender → click on the gear icon → check the Scan rootkits item → click on the Apply and OK button to complete the setting

ASD-settings

 

Go to Scan tap → perform a Quick or Full Scan to detect malicious files → after the scan completes, click on the Remove button

Anvi Smart Defender-scan result

Besides, the real-time offers you additional protection when you work on your computer or surf the web.