How to Remove Iminent Toolbar and Search.iminent.com from Your Browser

Why is it so hard to get rid of Iminent Toolbar from Chrome? I was intending to install a totally different program when I got this pesky thing. This toolbar changed my default homepage to search.iminent.com and installed its extension on my Chrome browser without asking my consent. I tried uninstalling it through the Control Panel but my system did not allow me to do this. If I remove it via changing my browser settings it just comes back within a few minutes. I’m at my wit’s end now. Thank you in advance for any helpful advice!

If you’ve ever had your web browsers hijacked by Iminent Toolbar or any malware, download the antimalware program to help you detect and easily remove Iminent Toolbar from your computer.

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Overview of Iminent Toolbar

Iminent Toolbar was initially designed as a funny browser extension that will enhance users’ online communications by helping them to express their emotions with thousands of animated emoticons, emojis and symbols. This application can be installed on most browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer as a standalone browser extension. Some web users who are active in instant messaging and chatting are more likely to have this toolbar installed on their browsers for they are not content with the emoticons and stickers within the instant messaging clients.

After this program is installed successfully, it is able to work on many communication platforms including Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook as well as Facebook. It will show up on every web page you visit and allow you to insert emoticons and symbols directly into the context of any text box.

Does all these sound great to you? Do not forget that there is no such thing as a free lunch even this toolbar is distributed free of charge to public. All users must accept its terms and conditions for using it. And it is time to realize Iminent Toolbar is a malicious browser toolbar in fact.

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On the screenshot above you can see there are four key changes that the toolbar makes on your computer. Basically, it will replace the default start page and homepage of your browsers with Seach.iminent.com/_PARAM_ and the search engine will also get changed to the same website. Users may think this is its affiliated site and agree to add this extension without thinking twice. When Iminent Toolbar has completed the installation, users will see such a notice within their browsers. It claims that users can manage their extensions on the browser settings, but actually it is not that easy to get rid of what Iminent Toolbar brings to your system.

The toolbar of Iminent is deemed as a malicious browser hijacker in the database of some security products for it does not bring anything good to computer users and not allow them to change the browser settings. Iminent Toolbar virus will take over the browser settings when it comes into your computer. Users will be notified that the settings will get changed, but they don’t know they will lose the control to their browsers. Once this browser hijacker has been activated, users’ browsing activities will be disturbed severely.

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Its icon and toolbar will show on each web page you open. While browsing the web, the browser installed with Iminent Toolbar will redirect users to random websites and pop up a slew of spammy ads on screen. The situation could get even worse if users ignore the ads. Even if you are viewing a normal and absolutely legitimate website, you will still receive unwanted pop-ups or get redirected to malicious websites.

On the other hand, this malicious toolbar can be bundled with other potentially unwanted program and some legitimate software by the software developer or dishonest advertiser who uses it as an additional source of income. If you enter its official site http://www.iminent.com, you will find that the download source of Iminent Toolbar is unavailable on the download page for unknown reason. However, this toolbar has been distributed for many years in other insidious ways so we still can see discussions about how to delete Iminent Toolbar malware on the Internet every now and then. Since it will make lots of changes to the computer and browsers without users’ permission, users will have to do rather tough work for removing it from the PC.

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No matter how this annoying toolbar gets installed on the computer, its users will always suffer from malware attacking. During the software installation, the developer will trick users into installing additional programs that users don’t need. As shown on the screenshot above, users may be offered with an option to install extra software during the installation steps of Iminent Toolbar. If users do not read each step carefully and quickly click on “Next” or “Accept” to get the installation done, it will certainly end up with additional software on the computer.

Usually the unwanted programs invited by the rogue toolbar are malicious programs which will automatically install more intrusive browser extensions and adware. The unknown programs on your PC and a barrage of advertisements will make your computer exceedingly slow and even freeze at times.

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Intrusive toolbars and other potentially unwanted programs (PUP) always support each other by making the option of installing extra programs selected by default. Once the unexpected program complete the installation, it is hard to get rid of them completely.

There will be a lot of irritating programs running on the infected system and the user cannot use the computer normally. For instance, a malevolent program can download a command file from a specified URL and the file will be saved as a batch file hidden in folders to be executed. Malicious files will be generated and become invisible to users, so most of users are fail to uninstall unwanted program via Control Panel and delete infections totally.

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There is another important reason that all users are suggested to remove Iminent Toolbar from browsers if they have installed it. If any user uses the search provider of Search.iminent.com, he or she will not get any useful search result. Instead, users will be served with advertising contents and unwanted redirects. Moreover, this pesky toolbar collects users’ information when they visit the site and install one or more application components, including the computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, type of browsers or version, operating system or version or the webpage they visiting.

Please be alert to the possibility that it might also store users’ identifying information without users’ knowledge and use the information to monitor and analyze users’ browsing habits so as to serve the ads based on their interests. To harden your browsers against malware and personal privacy concerns, you should use an antivirus which is able to detect PUPs and viruses and treat them as malware by flagging them for removing.

If your antivirus software fails to pick up or delete Iminent Toolbar, you can remove it through a reliable malware removal tool.

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Iminent Search Engine Removal Guides

The instructions below can be used to remove the Iminent toolbar from the infected browser.

Step 1: Go to Your Control Panel

You can find your Control Panel in your Start Menu or by hitting Windows Key+R, typing “appwiz.cpl” and click on OK.Windows 7 run appwiz.cpl

Step 2: Find Iminent from The List and Click on Uninstall.

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Step 3: Clear up Residual Files of Iminent Program on Your PC

Iminent applications would leave some log files in the computer disk. The files are created during the installation of our application to log potential errors that could occur during the installation procedure.

Open the start menu by clicking on Start icon, and then type %temp%\Iminent\Log in the Search programs and files box to open the temporary folder.

Choose Log from the result list.

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Step 4: Delete the logs and the Iminent folder.

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Step 5: Remove the Iminent Toolbar from Browsers

Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click the cog wheel icon at the top-right corner of the window and select ‘Manage add-ons’.

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3. The Toolbars and Extensions tab is open by default so locate the unwanted toolbar and click on the Disable button.

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Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox.

2. Click the Menu bar and select Add-ons.

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3. Browse or search the Extensions and Plugin lists for Iminent Toolbar.

4. Remove or disable any related toolbar.

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Google Chrome

1. Open Chrome.

2. On top-right corner pf the window, find three dots Menu button. Click on it and select ‘settings’.

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3. On the page of Settings, you will find Iminent’s extensions some important browser settings are under the control of Iminent’s extensions.

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4. Under On startup section, click on Disable extension. If your startup page is still hijacked by other unwanted extension, disable extension again until you are able to make modification to it.

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5. Add the URL of the web page that you would like to set as the startup page of Chrome browser and click on OK.

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6. To free the home page from the control of Iminent extension, click on Disable extension button under Appearance section.

7. Click Change below Show Home button option to change the default home page.

8. Type the URL you would like to set as your home page and click on OK.

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9. If you have disabled all malicious browser extension, the search engine will be back to original. If not, you can change your search engine by clicking on Manage search engines… under Search section.

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10. First you need to set your preferred search engine as default.

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11. And then click the “X” of the unwanted search engine to remove the it from the list and finally click on Done.

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12. Click on Extensions on the upper left corner of the page.

13. Disable or completely delete the toolbar of Iminent.

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As another effective solution, automatic removal tool is a better option for most computer users for is more convenient and safe to use. A powerful tool can help you remove malware infections including browser hijacker, adware and Trojan from your PC effectively within just a few clicks. If you have Search.iminent.com redirect virus or Iminent toolbar on your system and your current security program does not work, it is recommended to download and install SpyHunter to get the browser hijacker removed from your PC.

download-spyhunterClick the download button above and save SpyHunter-Installer.exe to your hard drive.

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Double-click the executable file to begin the installation.

The installation wizard provides guidance to instruct you go through the whole installation process. You just need to confirm and agree to the terms of its user agreement and privacy policy and the program will complete the installation automatically.

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Click on FINISH button to close the installer.

SpyHunter will perform an immediate scan of your all hard drives. The malware scanning may take a long time as it will scan all registry files, cookies, rootkits and memory in your system, but it will not slow down your computer performance.

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You can view the information about the harmful objects that has been detected by SpyHunter during the scanning process.

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When the scan is complete, you should click on the Fix Threats button to remove all detected infections on your PC.

In Conclusion

Malware often disguises as legitimate software in order to trick you into installing it and then when it is installed, it starts to gather information about you. The malicious website Search.iminent.com is a dubious search engine that the Iminent browser extension owns. Notice that we can’t call Iminent toolbar a virus, even it doesn’t act as a normal program. If you are annoyed by its irritating activities, it is highly recommended to get rid of it as quickly as you can.

Aggressive spyware and browser hijacking application like Iminent Toolbar can be extremely difficult to remove. Please remember to keep your browser up-to-date as browser makers may be aware of the hijacking problem and add new anti-hijacking features. Do not attempt to remove these kinds of software without the aid of professional removal software.

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