Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
What is Incredibar Toolbar and how to remove it?
Incredibar Toolbar is a browser add-on, which adds shortcuts to your Internet browsers. There are two variants of this toolbar: one for music related enhancements, and the other for flash games. While this toolbar can be useful for people wishing to download videos or quickly access online flash games, it is also categorized as an unwanted program for several reasons.
Incredibar Toolbar alone is not related to spyware or malware, however, this toolbar could be deemed 'unwanted', since deceptive ads are shown in mystart.incredibar.com (the homepage set by this toolbar), and PC users are unable to fully remove it using Control Panel. If you overlook information presented within the software installation windows, then installation of Incredibar Toolbar can potentially change your homepage to mystart.incredibar.com and default search engine to MyStart. The search engine used by this toolbar is a modified Google search with unrelated advertisements, which are not clearly separated from organic search results. This new homepage will also display deceptive ads below the search tab.
Incredibar Toolbar can be downloaded from its homepage, however, this browser add-on is often bundled with free software, thus computer users can install it unwillingly, believing they are installing free software that they have downloaded. This toolbar self-installs on Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox Internet browsers. If you inadvertently installed Incredibar Toolbar, and you have trouble removing it, use these instructions to eliminate it from your PC. This removal guide demonstrates how to remove both Incredibar Toolbars (games and music).
Incredibar Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "IncredibarMusic Toolbar on IE", "Incredibar - Games EN Toolbar", "Web Assistant" and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "IncredibarMusic Toolbar on IE", "Incredibar - Games EN Toolbar", "Web Assistant" and click Remove.
After uninstalling Incredibar Toolbar, scan your computer with anti-spyware software for any remaining unwanted components. Use recommended malware removal software.
Incredibar Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Uninstalling Incredibar Toolbar is not adequate; remove the remaining unwanted components from your Internet browsers manually.
Remove Incredibar Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Incredibar related entries (Incredibar - Games EN Toolbar, Incredibar - Games EN Toolbar API Server, Incredibar Music Toolbar, Incredibar.com Helper Object, Web Assistant) and disable them. After removing these add-ons, change your homepage from mystart.incredibar.com to your preferred domain - Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the open window, remove mystart.incredibar.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Incredibar Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Incredibar - Games EN Community Toolbar", "Incredibar Toolbar", "Web Assistant". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the open window, remove mystart.incredibar.com and enter your preferred domain.
Manual Incredibar Toolbar removal:
If you were unable to remove Incredibar Toolbar using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Incredibar Toolbar processes:
Remove these Incredibar Toolbar registry entries:
Delete these Incredibar Toolbar files:
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Incredibar Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of Incredibar Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Incredibar Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.