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  • 4.0 stars

    "Spyware Warrior May Need to Recheck That Webgrrrl"

    February 8, 2006  |   By _Ryan_

    Pros

    No Rouge anti spyware program would give customer support (that works).

    Allows you to send a suspicious file for analysis (with feedback).

    Creates a backup before each removal.

    Ive tryed it on multiple computers with not one single problem.

    Cons

    The realtime protection could be better.

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19 replies to this review

  • 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 14, 2006

    I have accomplished for the most part what I set out to do regarding this app. I wanted people like the experts at Spyware Warrior to begin taking a close look at what it actually does, and I wanted downloaders to exercise caution and not just blindly trust the claims of the publisher.

    Given the business associations and practices of CRAWLER, i.e. their ties to IBIS Websearch, such is more than merely justified it is prudent. It is quite alarming when a vendor with such a past suddenly begins publishing so many applications, especially when they involve data harvesting, whether voluntary or not.

    Further skepticism is in my opinion justified, because Spyware Terminator and CRAWLER Toolbar both ignore important user preferences. I hope that CRAWLER's other new anti-spyware app, Security Guard, will also be tested carefully by Spyware Warrior.

    Just very recently CRAWLER also began offering many tempting new apps on DC, several of them in just the last few days, their Email Notifier, RSS Reader, Weather (watcher), Wallpaper, Browser Skins, Cursors, Games, and 5 new Screensavers, all come bundled with The CRAWLER Toolbar, and they function only as plug-ins for it.

    Free accessory apps like these have commonly been used by adware/spyware vendors for data-mining and such, and so of course this also raises a red flag.

    Taking all of these things into account and given the fact that CRAWLER has a history of offering tempting freeware which does just that, on behalf of the well known adware/spyware distributor IBIS Websearch, of course it remains that caution is strongly advised.

    In my book even if all of the above apps are found to be adware and spyware free at download and installation, there is still a legitimate concern that these apps may download adware/spyware later, and or the parameters of data voluntarily submitted are later altered during an update.

    I would be very happy to learn that CRAWLER has made a complete turnaround, but I am not willing to just blindly accept their claim that they have.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 13, 2006

    If you click on the username, web_boooy, you will see that he has not written even one review here. He appeared here a few weeks ago, and he has done nothing other than attack me personally.

    Even his choice of username is a takeoff on my username webgrrrl. Oddly enough, he appeared here and began stalking me, shortly after I began warning downloaders about CRAWLER apps. Of course he is not in any way associated with CRAWLER either. [cough]

    They hope these creepy attacks will make my skin CRAWL, but really I find them very helpful, in my efforts to expose creepy crawly vendors of phony anti-spyware apps, in addition to being quite amusing. : )

    DOPE

    Dedicated Opposition to Privacy Erosion

  • Reply by web_boooy on February 12, 2006

    webgrrrl gets paid to write negative reviews by competitors, please disregard her reviews. Although some are true in most cases her reviews are biased and uninformed.

    webgrrrl in most cases has no technical experience, has not tested the software and simple spills out propaganda on her favorite software. As you will see she recommends the same software over and over again.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 12, 2006

    Only an idiot would that.

    --> Cableguy wrote, "Two reputable sources have tested this software and found it clean... Softpedia(.)com. They have given it a 100% clean award. Download(.)com. They have a no-adware-virus-spyware policy. If this program was in fact virus/spyware infected it would not be listed."

    Regardless of their stated policy both download sites he mentions above, whether intentionally or "accidentally" are well known to carry many apps which contain spyware/adware and root-kits which hide spyware/adware very effectively.

    Both of the corporate download sites referenced above by "Cableguy", share in common a convenient for them "redefinition" of spyware, by which they falsely claim their download sites are "spyware free".

    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, which are increasingly more difficult to detect and remove.

    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 that they have reformed.

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

  • Reply by CableguyTK on February 12, 2006

    spyware pushers! haha!

    Boy are you way off.

    If you knew me in person you would know that spyware is the last thing I "push", if at all. I have spent way too many hours fixing computers owned by relatives and friends of relatives, removing spyware and adware using the likes of your favorite antispyware programs. And in some cases I have had to go so far as reinstalling windows.

    Believe me, if I found this program to be full of spyware there wouldn't be this many replies.

    The only reason there are so many replies is because you are so STUBBORN to not even TRY the software and are accusing a perfectly clean software of including spyware based on the SPECULATION of this program being associated with spyware. I say SPECULATION because your source, SpywareWarrior, has not tested this software either.

    Two reputable sources have tested this software and found it clean...

    Softpedia(.)com. They have given it a 100% clean award.

    Download(.)com. They have a no-adware-virus-spyware policy. If this program was in fact virus/spyware infected it would not be listed.

    Based on what you said...Do you treat google software as spyware?

    Do you treat google toolbar as spyware? Google Desktop search? Google Earth? GMail?

    It seems you would be the only one to treat Google software as such...because there are a few MILLION people who use all those google services on a daily basis.

    The majority of this "information" sent back is harmless, at best...meant to model and shape future versions of software to better serve you.

    If you are so concerned about your privacy you might as well unplug your modem and go on living a disconnected life...there is not one aspect of WINDOWS that isn't sending information back to developers.

    Microsoft Antispyware: How do you think it gets those ratings for the results?

    Google Search: How do you think Google determines which search result to show first?

    Windows Update: How do you think it determines what updates you need to install on your machine?

    Windows Media Player: How do you think it knows there is an update...How do you think it knows where to connect for codecs? How do you think it knows where to acquire licenses?

    If you are so concerned about every little part of windwos and extra softwares sending information to remote servers then you might as well download a linux distribution, like RedHat or something, format your machine, and install Linux. Because that is all you DESERVE to use. It will give you complete control on how the OS acts, so you can let it contact or not contact all you want.

    Hey I agree with you that this our security is being breached in more ways that one. But you can't go along being scared that your privacy is being breached. The second you connect to the internet your privacy is breached. If you don't do anything STUPID on the web, then there is nothing to worry about, anyway.

    Its simple, if you don't want privacy breached you don't connect to the internet.

    Let me ask you this: what software DO you use if you are so concerned about your privacy?

    FireFox? Even with FireFox there are definitely ways that your information is sent back to Mozilla or the sort.

    Opera? I use Opera full-time, and I don't doubt they send and receive data from users.

    But I mean, seriously, what can you do?

    Considering the popularity of Google and Yahoo!, its probably a safe statement to say that Crawler is safer than Google, from the standpoint of the interests of government officials.

    Google or Yahoo...vs...Crawler...

    Sites that XX milions of people use, and therefore storing data from XX millions of people...vs...a site that thousands use and therefore stores data from thousands of people...

    Pretty easy choice...which is why you hear Google in the news...not Crawler.

    But from the way you speak, you don't trust either, even though Google is a widely trusted name.

    Look, I'm getting tired of continuing this argument. Im not going to get you to use Crawler software anytime soon, so this is going nowhere, though these replies are more directed towards being a rebuttal while educating the viewing pulic as opposed to making the combatants change their ideas. And by this point, 3rd party viewers should have a good idea of what they want to believe.

    You have spammed all of my legitimate reviews with your spywarewarrior listing...while I only reply to your replies as opposed to spamming your reviews. So I think this deserves to come to an end.

    I would just recommend that in the future, before you write reviews, you at least TRY the software at hand, as opposed to just copy-pasting information from a webite that isn't necessary a gold-standard, and give the software a FAIR review, like myself and roger_m take the time to do.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 12, 2006

    Google made that clear when they agreed to support the repressive PRC government policy of censorship, rather than stand on principle by refusing to, because they would have lost money if they did.

    Google and the other slimy exploiters you mentioned should find an honest way of making money, which does not include lying to the public and invading our privacy.

    I hate when spyware pushers pretending to be software reviewers come here and try to justify their practices.

    The self deception and deceitfulness they exude is truly sickening. The name CRAWLER fits them perfectly.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 12, 2006

    Google made that clear when they agreed to support the repressive PRC government policy of censorship, rather than stand on principle by refusing to, because they would have lost money if they did.

    Google and the other slimy exploiters you mentioned should find an honest way of making money, which does not include lying to the public and invading our privacy.

    I hate when spyware pushers pretending to be software reviewers come here and try to justify their practices.

    The self deception and deceitfulness they exude is truly sickening. The name CRAWLER fits them perfectly.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 11, 2006

    I hate when spyware pushers pretending to be software reviewers come here and try to justify their practices.

    The self deception and deceitfulness they exude is truly sickening. The name CRAWLER fits them perfectly.

  • Reply by CableguyTK on February 11, 2006

    I'm not exactly sure what you are referring to.

    Google gets their data thru the toolbar using the ADVANCED FEATURES, which people can opt out of.

    Alexa gets their information if you use their toolbar. No one is forcing you to use it.

    The same can be said for Yahoo and MSN. They don't even let you opt out of it if I'm not mistaken.

    At least Crawler lets you opt out of sending internet use data back to the server. Either you install the Page Rank plugin or not.

    They haven't been lying to us. There are just some people who just absolutely refuse to read product descriptions, EULA's, FAQ's, and disclaimers...which include people like YOU and ME. Find me one person that reads them...one person...well except for the people at download(.)com or softpedia(.)com who read this cr@p for a living.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 11, 2006

    It is hight time that Google Alexa Yahoo and CRAWLER learned how to make money without INVADING OUR PRIVACY and lying to us in order to do so.

    Give it up. It is over. You are over. It's a dying business.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 11, 2006

    Cableguy wrote, "HOW DO YOU THINK GOOGLE AND ALEXA GET TRAFFIC RANKS YOU IDIOT?"

    Alexa is an infamous bit of SPYWARE. But true it works the same way the CRAWLER Toolbar they always "include" does.

    I have spyware blockers like SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard to keep stuff like that from being installed, and Spyware Search & Destroy and Ewido Anti-Malware to remove BHOs of this sort.

    To actually download this stuff on purpose is pretty stupid though.

  • Reply by CableguyTK on February 11, 2006

    Oh thats right, I forgot Crawler toolbar is the only toolbar that does this...

    *rolls eyes*

    Maybe you should try installing Google Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, MSN Toolbars.

    They have the exact same features you dope.

    They all set your IE pages to the pages associated with the toolbar.

    And they all, WITH YOUR PERMISSION, send back data based on the sites you send back.

    HOW DO YOU THINK GOOGLE AND ALEXA GET TRAFFIC RANKS YOU IDIOT?

    Do you think google just visits EVERY SITE IN THE WORLD and gives it a RATING? They would be insane to do that.

    Their ratings are based off traffic data USERS OPT TO SEND BACK TO THE SERVERS.

    CRAWLER IS NO DIFFERENT YOU IDIOT. YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO SEND BACK THAT INFORMATION OR NOT.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 11, 2006

    Here are some astonishing excerpts from Cableguy's own review of the Crawler Toolbar.

    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 CableguyTK on February 10, 2006

    Here webgrrrl gets your facts straight:

    websearch . c0m / news.aspx?id=1378

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 10, 2006

    CRAWLER has been very busy spamming download(dot)com with new "free" apps, which are bundled with toolbars etc, that you can not opt of.

    The positive reviews are not "just pouring in", in fact many downloaders have reviewed their other apps, and complained because they are full of spyware.

    Don't believe me? Go to advanced search, put CRAWLER into the Author/Publisher: box, then click search and see for yourself.

    Here is one reviewers comments on one of their new apps called Crawler 3D Fireplace Screensaver.

    [begin copied review]

    Terrible

    08-Feb-2006 01:01:12 AM

    Reviewer: dgarrett20

    Cons: This screensaver is ugly and displays a search bar and buttons on the screen. During installation if you choose not to install any toolbars, it does it anyway.

    Do not download this!

    [end copied review]

    We all know that free screensavers and games are often used by spyware pushers to infect your computer, and CRAWLER is one of the worst offenders.

    Check it out for yourself, and please spread the word.

  • Reply by webgrrrl on February 10, 2006

    The vendor of this application, CRAWLER(dot)com, aka spywareterminator(dot)com, aka spyterm(dot)com, is connected with a well known spyware/adware distributor known as IBIS/Websearch.

    This is a fact not just a belief.

    Why would anyone trust an antispyware application distributed by a known spyware pusher?

    CRAWLER can claim they have cleaned up their act all they like. Their record proves they are not to be trusted however.

  • 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 CableguyTK on February 8, 2006

    Good review...I didn't even think about that...

    That is good logics dude...

    Any spam/scam antispyware program probably wouldn't give users active technical support, the ability to submit a file for analysis, and, one you didn't mention, a way to contact the developers about issues or suggestions regarding the program built into the program.

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