Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com (Uninstall Guide)

Iminent Toolbar is a program that offers a web search engine (search.iminent.com) and toolbar which are being promoted via other free programs, and once installed on your computer, they will hijack your browser homepage and replace your default search engine.Futhermore, this program will display ads and sponsored links in your search results, and may colect search terms from your search queries.
[Image: Iminent Toolbar and Search homepage]
Iminent Toolbar got on your computer after you have installed another free software or add-on that had bundled into their installer this browser hijacker. For example, when you install vShare, you’ll also install the Iminent Toolbar, set your browser homepage to http://search.iminent.com/SearchTheWeb/v4/1033/homepage/Default.aspx and change your default search engine to http://search.iminent.com.However, when you uninstall vShare from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Iminent Toolbar from your favorite web browser manually.
[Image: Iminent Toolbar installer]
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remvoe Iminent Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Iminent Toolbar from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Iminent Toolbar program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com browser hijacker with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.comv irus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Iminent Toolbar program from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the Iminent Toolbar program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the Start button, then click on the Control Panel menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows 8]
  2. When the Control Panel window opens click on the Uninstall a program option under Programs category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the Programs and Features icon instead.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  3. When the Programs and Features or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Iminent Toolbar, Iminent and any other recently installed unknown program from your computer.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.
    [Image: Uninstall Iminent Toolbar]
    Depending on what program has installed the SafeFinder adware infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the SafeFinder program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.


STEP 2 : Remove IIminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings to remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Remove Iminent Toolbar extensions from Firefox
    At the top of the Firefox window, click the orange Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
    Firefox addon menu
    Select the Extensions tab, then remove Iminent Toolbar and any other unknown extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
    [Image: Iminent Toolbar Firefox extensions]
  2. Reset your default search engine and homepage from start.iminent.com and search.iminent.com to their default.
    To reset your search engine and homepage to their default, we will use the SearchReset extension.This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.
    You can download SearchReset from the below link, and then we will just need to install it to revert Firefox to its default settings.
    SEARCHRESET DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open another web page from where you can download the SearchReset Firefox extension)
    [Image: SearchReset extension]

Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Iminent Toolbar extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove Iminent Toolbarand any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
    Basically, if you have not installed an extension, you should remove it from your web browser.
    [Image: Iminent Toolbar Chrome extensions]
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from search.iminent.com to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: Iminent Search in Google Chrome]
    Search for Iminent StartWeb (search.iminent.com) in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Iminent Search Chrome removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from start.iminent.com to its default.
    Iminent has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the Iminent Toolbar malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the Iminent Toolbar malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Iminent Toolbar malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button. AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the OK button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
    Please click on the OK button to allow AdwCleaner reboot your computer.

STEP 4: Remove Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com virus from with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the Iminent Toolbar malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Iminent Toolbar as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Iminent Toolbar virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Iminent Toolbar]

STEP 5: Double-check for the Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Iminent Toolbar malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for Iminent Toolbar virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove Iminent Toolbar adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the Iminent Toolbar and search.iminent.com infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Iminent Toolbar from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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ABOUT STELIAN PILICI

I am the creator and owner of MalwareTips.com.
My area of expertise includes malware removal and computer forensics. I'm active in the various online anti-malware communities where I do researches for new malware threats as they are released.
I live in Bucharest (Romania), where I run my own local computer repair shop.
I repair both hardware and other operating systems related issues, however most of my business is malware related problems.

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  • CrystalMoonlight94

    Iminent actually installed randomly…

  • Emily

    Thank you very much for the help!

  • eleanor

    Thank you for setting this up for non computer savvy people like me – used this twice and cleaned every time – just wish I knew where the kids were picking this up from. Thank you Stelian

  • Kimla Johnson

    i am so happy to get rid of the irritating ars…….. i could absolute strangle to makers of this! Thank you Danke schon XX

  • Gus

    just did this and it worked…thanks so much!

  • chris

    hope it works

  • ricotoro

    just finished the process.. looks promising. hope it works! thanks a lot

  • Olpe Murphy

    Finally, got rid of it. I had looked for Iminent in the Registry and deleted all those keys, but it still came back, every week or so.

    Thanks!

  • Okwaho1

    Iminent won’t let me uninstall it. What can I do now?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Lets try to remove this infection:
      STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
      1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

      2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

      3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

      4.Click on Clean button. Your computer should restart.

      STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

      1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

      JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

      2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

      3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

      Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
      Stay safe!

  • clovergirl1021

    Hi! I’ve been trying to rid myself of iminent for ages now….my husband downloaded something and it TOOK OVER. Your instructions are AWESOME! BUT~ What do I do if it wont let me disable or remove it from my manage ad-ons in internet explorers otions????

  • marcelotulio

    Thank you so much!! Greetings from Brazil!

  • Antonio

    Thank you very much from Barcelona. I’ve followed your instruccions and at last, I’ve got rid of this annoying iminent.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Stay safe!

  • Filipe

    Hi… I´ve been having a problem with this malware… Every now and then, a window opens up on my desktop, with an add for emoticons… When I close it, my browser shuts down, and when I open it again, it already opens search the web… I remove it from chrome and ie, but a week or so later it reappears… I´ve gone to panel control, but can´t find anything there… Also ude AdvancedSystemCare, CCleaner and IoBit Malware Fighter but they don´t repport anything… Could use some help… Thanks…

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Lets try to remove this infection:
      STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
      1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

      2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

      3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

      4.Click on Delete, then confirm each time with Ok.

      STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

      1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

      JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

      2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

      3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

      Stay safe!

  • Caro

    thank you so much! i hated that malwareee and had been looking for a way to remove it for hours

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Waiting for your reply to see how everything is running…

  • Ami

    Hi , I receive the following message when I Try to unistall (….. using the correct process via Control Panel …. ) “OUPS, YOU’RE NO LONGER CONNECTED TO INTERNET ” Please reconnect to de internet then restart our setup. It it very stupid message because at the botton there is the link: URL to IMINENT … and , I AM ABLE TO CONNET , AS WELL AS , THE INTERNET LINK !!! just after 1”

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,

      Lets try to remove this nasty program:

      STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

      Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

      STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

      1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

      JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

      2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

      3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

      Waiting for your reply to see how everything is running…

  • AC

    Great page – thanks for all the tips!!!! Worked like a boss!

  • Willyum

    I completely removed it from Chrome and everything was OK.

    Unfortunately every month or so it comes back again am I missing something ?

  • Mary

    I followed all and it seemed to work. This just happened to me after a c/net download and I am very careful to deselect boxes that would download other items. I have written to c/net advising them. What bothers me most is that after all the work I did last night: uninstall extensions on Chrome and IE, reestablishment of home pages, doing a complete Malwarebytes scan, the files were STILL on my hard drive. I just don’t know what to think of this. I thought malwarebytes was reliable. McAfee, of course, got none of it probably because it came with the c/net download as a result of my actions.

  • Steve

    Stelian, I’ve been trying to remove Iminent for months without success. I was still getting the Monday morning browser change to Iminent.
    Looks like this was a success. So appreciate your support on this. It was driving me up the wall.
    Steve

  • Pete

    Thanks very much, works a treat. Much appreciated.

  • John

    Thanks for your help. You are a “Master Mind”.

  • Gareth

    Hi, tried all of the above programs after uninstalling Iminent, each of them found and removed some fresh malware, but I’m still getting unwanted ads on web pages I visit. Not sure what else I can do!

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Gareth,
      Can you download and install avast! Browser Cleanup tool. Then go to the Google Chrome tab, and disable any unwanted or unknown extensions, then click on Reset to default settings button.

  • Susan

    Thanks a lot, really helpful

  • tim borland

    Great advice! Thank you very much! Tim

  • Luigi

    Thank you from Rome, Italy!!