What is Inbox Manager?
Inbox Manager is yet another deceptive application that falsely claims to allow users to access their email inboxes. Its appearance suggests that Inbox Manager is a legitimate and useful app, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
This application promotes a fake search engine, tracks browsing activity, and often infiltrates computers without users’ permission. In addition, this application is usually deployed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.
After successful infiltration, Inbox Manager hijacks various popular browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) and assigns the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine to search.myemailfasttab.com.
These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since Inbox Manager either reassigns options or simply prevents access to them. Ultimately, users are forced to visit search.myemailfasttab.com when they open a new browser tab/window or simply search via the URL bar.
This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Note that search.myemailfasttab.com is a useless search engine, since it merely redirects users to search.yahoo.com each time a search query is entered. Therefore, users end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine) and search.myemailfasttab.com is redundant.
In addition, search.myemailfasttab.com and Inbox Manager are designed to gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data relating to browsing activity.
There is a high probability that collected information will contain personal details that developers later share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private details. Thus, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
You are strongly advised to uninstall the Inbox Manager browser hijacker and never return to search.myemailfasttab.com
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Inbox Manager, Inbox, Email.|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to email inboxes.|
|Serving IP Address (search.myemailfasttab.com)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Inbox Manager is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Inbox Manager's developers have released dozens of potentially unwanted applications, all of which are identical. Examples include TV Now, Radio Now App, and Online Manuals App - the list goes on. All offer different features, however, their behavior is identical: data tracking and promotion of a fake search engine.
Inbox Manager and other browser-hijacking applications have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Most give no real value for regular users.
How did Inbox Manager install on my computer?
Browser-hijacking applications such as Inbox Manager usually infiltrate computers without consent, since developers proliferate them using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods.
Intrusive advertisements (often delivered by adware-type applications already present on the system) redirect users to dubious websites or execute scripts that download/install unwanted applications. "Bundling", on the other hand, is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software.
Developers hide "bundled" applications behind "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush these procedures and skip steps. Additionally, they click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior leads to inadvertent installation of third party applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing/updating software. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them.
Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most are monetized using the "bundling" method. Your software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate.
Once clicked, however, they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.).
If you experience these ads/redirects, check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and eliminate all suspicious entries. They key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with Inbox Manager, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
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- What is Inbox Manager?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Inbox Manager application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.myemailfasttab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Inbox Manager browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.myemailfasttab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.myemailfasttab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Inbox Manager browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Inbox Manager"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.myemailfasttab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Inbox Manager browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.myemailfasttab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Inbox Manager".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myemailfasttab.com redirect, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Inbox Manager" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Inbox Manager" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.myemailfasttab.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "hxxp://search.myemailfasttab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myemailfasttab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Inbox Manager", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Inbox Manager" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.myemailfasttab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension" or "myemailfasttab"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.myemailfasttab.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myemailfasttab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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