2-spyware research center classifies Incredibar removal as a mid-range task and Incredibar itself - as an Adware or Browser hijacker. Though it is presented as a tool, which is capable to improve your browsing sessions, Incredibar has been found to be used for tracking user's activity on the Internet. Besides, it tends to redirect victims to insecure websites, including mystart.incredibar.com, and also makes some unwanted modifications that can hardly be fixed without the expert's help. As you can see, Incredibar should really be used with carefulness because its activity initiates serious doubts about its real purpose. Besides, the hard enough process of Incredibar removal puts it to the list of questionable toolbars.
What Incredibar toolbar does to the system:
Once installed, Incredibar is programmed to alter DNS settings and hijack all popular browsers, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. That results in continuous redirections to the domain mystart.incredibar.com. Usually, that's not the only unpleasant activity caused by this browser hijacker - it also changes bookmark lists by adding various sites you have never seen before and replaces the start page to the same mystart.incredibar.com. However, the most dangerous thing discovered about Incredibar is that this program collects all information about victim's activity on the Internet, logs every visited site and sends this data out to marketing companies or the bad guys. Usually, if a program doesn't ask permission to record such information, it is not legal and can be called privacy violation.
Getting infected with Incredibar:
Incredibar toolbar can be installed with your consent by simply downloading this program on your computer. However, there are many other ways how you can get infected with this browser hijacker: Incredibar can enter your computer through spam e-mail attachments that install such programs as soon as you click on them. Another way of getting this infection on your machine is through various fake codecs or free software. Incredibar pays $1.5 per install for its affiliates. That is why it is so exploited by cyber criminals or unfair marketers. In order to prevent such intrusion, you should always pay attention to the components you install together with any free software. As a result, Incredibar slows the OS and also starts eating its memory and resources. While infected with Incredibar, all your searches will be redirected to the same mystart.incredibar.com, which is not as good as original search engines, such as Google or Bing. To stop all this annoying activity, and remove Incredibar from PC, read the following information:
How to remove Incredibar from the system?
Manual removal of Incredibar virus is a quite difficult task and you will need to get rid of this browser hijacker manually from every browser. For that, you can follow these steps:
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"What Incredibar related files inserted to the system depends if this software is installed separately or bundled with other programs."
Delete registry values:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Incredibar.lnk
Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
Here, look for incredibar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for incredibar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.
Remove dangerous add-ons
- Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for incredibar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Remove dangerous extensions
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
Here, select Reset.
When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete incredibar removal.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select incredibar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options → General.
Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
Click OK to save these changes.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete incredibar removal.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Here, select incredibar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
Remove dangerous plugins
Click Reset to confirm this action and complete incredibar removal.
Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select Extentions and look for incredibar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by incredibar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete incredibar removal process.
What is browser hijacker?
Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.
Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by incredibar:
• Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
• Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
• Appearance of new tabs
• Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
Geolocation of incredibar
This map reveals the prevalence
of incredibar. Countries and regions that have been affected the most
are: Algeria, Pakistan, Philippines, India and Malaysia.
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Information added: 2014-09-11 04:13
Information updated: 2014-09-11 04:13
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