If you see commercial ads branded as CrankWeb Deals when you open online shopping websites, then you definitely have CrankWeb installed on your computer. CrankWeb is an adware application that displays a lot of commercial ads, coupons and discount offers while you browse the Internet. Technically, this application is supposed to help you find the goods you want at a reasonable price. However, our computer security specialists warn against using the app for online shopping. In fact, you should remove CrankWeb as soon as you can, because the presence of the adware application may point out serious computer security issues.
Publisher-wise there is nothing surprising about CrankWeb. The application is developed by SuperWeb LLC and consequently, it is part of a huge group of adware applications that have been tormenting computer users worldwide for quite some time now. CrankWeb is directly related to BooZaka Ads, Rock Turner Ads, Trolatunt, Cling Clang and many other SuperWeb applications that have been detected over the past few months.
Users install CrankWeb onto their computers together with other freeware applications. It always comes bundled with third party installers and downloaders. The thing is that CrankWeb has a homepage at crankweb.com, but the download link over there is not working. Clicking it only gets you redirected to a blank page. The same can be applied to other SuperWeb applications – all of them are distributed bundled with freeware. Therefore, even if you initiate CrankWeb’s installation, you may not realize that you install additional software on your PC.
According to the information provided at the official homepage, CrankWeb is supposed to improve your online search experience. After installation, CrankWeb adds extensions to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers. As a result, the application employs tracking cookies to collect data on your web browsing habits. Later on this data is used to generate custom pop-ups that are labeled as “CrankWeb ads” or “ads by CrankWeb”. These advertisements appear on your browser when you access online shopping websites.
It is also possible for this application to add an additional toolbar on Google search page right below the search field. This toolbar is known to redirect every search query to Twitter, eBay, YouTube, Flickr and other popular websites.
It is obvious that CrankWeb makes your system vulnerable to third party exploitation and you could accidentally install even more adware programs onto your PC. Adware can eventually lead to malware infection, so you should not take your chances. Remove CrankWeb right now and then invest in a powerful antispyware application that will safeguard your system from any potential threats.
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