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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very customizable, RSS cool, Yahoo and Google Search"

    November 23, 2005  |   By itelllc

    Pros

    I found the webmail interface particularly nice, the customizable buttons a good feature, and the RSS feeds probably best in toolbar department. I don't pick this up as spyware using Adaware and AVG, which is all I use. Google's toolbar is more invasive in the privacy department.

    Cons

    If all the add-ons are active, I think it can be a memory hog for my circa 2002 computer.

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  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 16, 2006

    Thirteen Crawler apps were removed from Download.com today. All or most of these apps functioned as plug-ins for their Toolbar, and 11 of them appeared there on the same day.

    Among the apps removed were the Crawler Email Notifier, Crawler RSS Reader, Crawler Games, Crawler Slideshow Screensaver, Crawler 3D Fireplace Screensaver, Crawler 3D Tropical Aquarium Screensaver, Crawler 3D Marine Aquarium Screensaver, Crawler 3D Earth Screensaver, Crawler Desktop Wallpapers, Crawler Weather, Crawler Browser Skins, Crawler Cursors, and Crawler's other anti-spyware app Crawler Web Security Guard.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 12, 2006

    Only an idiot would that.

    Those unwilling to trust shady developers with known ties to spyware vendors, like CRAWLER, are wise not closed minded, and so don't let them goad you with taunts like "You haven't even tried it". I haven't tried crack or heroin either, and I do not ever intend to.

    We do not owe them our trust. Trust has to be earned. Past offenders are not entitled to a second chance to reoffend. CRAWLER has done absolutely nothing which causes me to believe they have reformed.

    CRAWLER's deceitful representatives here who lie rather than admit they are masquerading as reviewers, relentlessly attempt to smear and silence their critics, and this also makes it clear that CRAWLER products remain unworthy of our consideration.

    The business practices of Spyware pushers like CRAWLER, reflect a corporate trend toward an ever DECREASING respect for the privacy of their customers, as they deploy on a weekly basis increasingly sophisticated and insidious forms of spyware. Recently developed forms of spyware are nearly impossible to detect, and it may take some time for legitimate anti-spyware applications to catch up. It is therefore foolish to trust a shady developer with known ties to spyware vendors such as CRAWLER.

  • Reply by roger_m on February 11, 2006

    Hey webgrrrl before you make negative comments about a piece of software, how about you try it first.

    Crawler Toolbar DOES NOT hihack the internet explorer start page, it is provided as option when installing the toolbar.

    The website tracking is DISABLED as the default setting.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 11, 2006

    Here are some astonishing excerpts from CRAWLER promoter Cableguy's own review of this app.

    Cableguy wrote, "You probably won't like the fact that on install it will automatically set all your IE default pages to Crawler pages."

    No we probably wont.

    That is called browser hijacking, and good antispyware apps include protection against that.

    Nobody will like this either.

    Cableguy wrote, "The traffic ratings from these sites are based off the anonymous data that USERS OF THE TOOLBAR send back; .."

    That is called data-mining/browser-tracking, and good antispyware apps offer protection against that also.

    Cableguy wrote, "She just likes to spam the fact that Crawler once was a spyware related company, but this is about 5 year old news that is now obsolete since they have cleaned up their act. "

    Obviously CRAWLER has not cleaned up their act, since even their apologist/promoter "Cableguy" admits this SPYWARE app both hijacks your start page and default search settings, as it tracks your web surfing habits.

    Pass the word about CRAWLER apps please. Give them the reviews they deserve so some poor newbie doesn't get their PC infected by them. Fighting spyware is a group effort.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 9, 2006

    Installing an antispyware app made by a well known pusher of spyware is an incredibly stupid move.

    It is like hiring someone you KNOW to be a registered s-e-x offender, who has been in prison for child molestation, to babysit your kids because they say they are reformed.

    Please don't help this known spyware pusher, to develop new and more insidious forms of spyware, by downloading their application. That is all "spyware sledgehammer" is really for.

    Only a naive fool would trust them. Use some common sense people.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on December 7, 2005

    spywarewarrior(dot)com reveiw:

    Spyware Terminator

    Domains:

    spywareterminator.com

    spyterm.com

    crawler.com <--- NOTICE

    vendor connected w/ known spyware/adware distributor (IBIS/Websearch); Note: not to be confused with Spyware X-terminator from Stompsoft[A: 12-5-05 / U: 12-5-05]

  • Reply by webgrrrl on December 7, 2005

    spywarewarrior(dot)com reveiw:

    Spyware Terminator

    Domains:

    spywareterminator.com

    spyterm.com

    crawler.com <--- NOTICE

    vendor connected w/ known spyware/adware distributor (IBIS/Websearch); Note: not to be confused with Spyware X-terminator from Stompsoft[A: 12-5-05 / U: 12-5-05]

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