Also Known As: Iminent toolbar
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

How to remove Iminent toolbar ( redirect) from your computer?

What is

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 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. redirect caused by Iminent Toolbar

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.

Quick menu:

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

iminent toolbar uninstall

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.

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Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove redirect (iMinent toolbar) from Internet Explorer:

Iminent toolbar removal from Internet ExplorerClick on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with redirects to, 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 on 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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove redirect (Iminent Toolbar) from Google Chrome:

remove iminent toolbar from google chrome

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options 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 to your preferred domain - click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove redirect (Iminent Toolbar) from FireFox:

remove iminent toolbar from firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(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 firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with redirect issues to, you can reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" 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 Redirect distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of 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:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

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 Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on Redirect or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.


#6 tigercrow 2013-03-25 11:23
Thank you!!!. finally I can remove the homepage from my chrome :D
#5 nissim nanach 2013-02-25 09:48
Umbrella.exe must also be removed, otherwise Iminent will keep coming back. MalwareBytes did not detect it for me.
To remove it:
1. Open Task Manager and Kill all instances of Umbrella.exe
2. Delete the folder Program Files > Common Files > Umbrella
#4 Eric 2012-12-10 11:55
Add the following lines to you HOSTS file in c:WindowsSystem 32DriversEtcHOST S

Then the Iminent bugger won't be able to call home for an update. All of those addresses above are related to the bug.
#3 admin 2012-12-05 01:24
Hi Dave, try downloading and installing SpyBot. It's a free program that is known to detect and remove unwanted toolbars. Download link: Run a full scan with this program and remove all entries that it detects.
#2 Dave 2012-12-04 21:24
I do not have it in MY registry or anywhere in my files but it keeps popping up. I reformatted a new drive last night and have only installed a few SAFE programs I own, Corel Draw, etc. It is popping up while using Google Chrome. I have done all I know to do and thats 20 years experience with no luck removing it. HELP THIS MUST BE STOPPED AND DESTROYED. EMAIL ME ANYTIME.
#1 amanda 2012-11-06 13:54
Thanks for the info!!! IMinent not iminent popped up on my computer days ago!!! idk if these are 2 different things or notbut according to google IMinent is a no good mock program of iminent. i removed the program but could not remove the toolbar. I even went and bought a brand new spyware and antivirus program to no avail...your suggestions actually worked and i was able to not only remove the toolbar but completely eradicate any left over remnants :)thanks
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