Also Known As: Iminent toolbar, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Moderate
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How to remove Iminent toolbar (search.iminent.com redirect) from your computer?
What is Search.iminent.com?
Iminent toolbar is a browser add-on used to add "emois" and "emoticons" whilst using Facebook, Webmail, etc. This toolbar is created to enhance your user experience when using the aforementioned platforms. While there is nothing wrong with adding emotions to these services, Iminent Toolbar can be categorized as an unwanted application due to its deceptive method of installation and lack of a full uninstall facility. By default, this toolbar changes your browser homepage and main search engine to search.iminent.com Users can change these installation options by unchecking several boxes, but most commonly, they are left at their default values.
Always install software with caution, reading every installation window and customizing the installation options, since reckless software installation inevitably results in the installation of unwanted toolbars, etc. Furthermore, Iminent toolbar is often bundled with free software, and in this case, computer users inadvertently install the toolbar in the belief they are installing a free program downloaded from the Internet. When downloading free software, download it from the developer's website and be sure to check all installation windows for clues pertaining to the installation of specific software packages and toolbars.
Iminent toolbar is not classed as a virus, since it does not directly harm your computer. If you have installed it willingly and are comfortable with its features, there is no need to do anything, however, if you did not install this toolbar or your did so inadvertently, use this removal guide to eliminate it from your computer. Iminent toolbar uninstalls using Program and Features (windows 7) or Add Remove Programs (Windows XP) in Internet Explorer. To remove it from the Firefox and Chrome browsers, some manual steps are required.
- What is Search.iminent.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Iminent, IMinent Toolbar, Iminent toolbar for Internet Explorer applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search.iminent.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search.iminent.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Search.iminent.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search.iminent.com redirects manually by deleting registry entries.
Iminent toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Iminent, IMinent Toolbar, Iminent toolbar for Internet Explorer", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Iminent Toolbar scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. Use recommended malware removal software.
Search.iminent.com Redirect (Iminent Toolbar) removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search.iminent.com redirect (iMinent toolbar) from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Iminent related entries (IMinent Toolbar, TBSB01620 Class, IMinent WebBooster BHO) and disable them.
To change your homepage from search.iminent.com to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.iminent.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with redirects to search.iminent.com, you can reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.iminent.com redirect (Iminent Toolbar) from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Iminent", select it and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from search.iminent.com to your preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.iminent.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Search.iminent.com browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.iminent.com redirect (Iminent Toolbar) from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Iminent Minibar" and "IMinent Toolbar".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove search.iminent.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with redirect issues to search.iminent.com, you can reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Manual Iminent Toolbar removal:
If you were unable to remove Iminent 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...)
Remove these Iminent toolbar processes:
Remove these Iminent Toolbar registry entries:
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 Search.iminent.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.iminent.com Redirect 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.
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