Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
How to remove Iminent toolbar (search.iminent.com redirect) from your computer?
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.
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". Look for "Iminent" and "IMinent Toolbar" (Iminent toolbar for Internet Explorer) and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Iminent" and "IMinent Toolbar" (Iminent toolbar for Internet Explorer) and click 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 "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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 "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) 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 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.
Remove Search.iminent.com redirect (Iminent Toolbar) from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench icon (top right of the screen), 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 on the wrench icon, 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.
Remove Search.iminent.com redirect (Iminent Toolbar) from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Iminent Minibar" and "IMinent Toolbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", 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 left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on 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 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Search.iminent.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.