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Remove IB Updater Service (Free Guide) - updated Feb 2020

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

IB Updater Service is the application that is used to install PUPs on victims' computer without asking for permissions and maintain them

IB Updater Service

IB Updater Service is the program that is bundled with other applications, so it can come during the download of other freeware and install browser-based threats after the infiltration. It loads search extensions, toolbars, adware programs, and other shady tools on the machine and keeps them up-to-date so all the intrusive symptoms can keep repeating. Unfortunately, this also affects the removal process significantly. It is not enough to uninstall the program or extensions and related tools because the main PUP that affects the speed and performance of your device is not listed on Programs and other installation lists.

Once the IB Updater Service virus enters the computer, this program occupies Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and other browsers that can be found on the system. The clearest sign that this program is inside your machine is browser's redirects to Also, it keeps on running the ExtensionUpdaterService.exe process in the background and delivers commercial material to your screen all the time. Pop-ups, redirects, banners, and other content keep you from accessing normal content and browsing online successfully.

Name IB Updater Service
Type  Potentially unwanted program
Related  Conduit, other PUPs, ExtensionUpdaterService.exe process
Purpose  This program keeps the unwanted applications updated, installs additional programs and causes redirects to sponsored sites
Distribution  Freeware installations when users skip through important steps or select recommended options lead to such infiltrations of cyber threats. Also, deceptive pages and misleading sites deliver PUPs automatically or trick people into installing useless software directly on the device
Elimination  You cannot remove IB Updater Service without tackling the issue of additional installs and programs associated with the PUP. To clean the machine fully, rely on anti-malware tools and run the thorough scan on your PC
Repair  The potentially unwanted program manages to alter things like registry entries and other functions that keep the PUP running on the system. To fix the damage that may be caused due to such changes get a PC repair tool or an optimizer like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that could indicate affected files and fix the damage

IB Updater Service unwanted application is used to maintain other extensions and applications,m soo all of them can generate revenue and provide redirects, advertising material. Some of the tactics used by this threat include:

  • PUP installation that ensures revenue-generating activities and commercial content delivery;
  • redirects to sponsored sites and affiliated pages;
  • promotional content that pushes software and in-browser applications;
  • data tracking methods that collect personal and browsing-related information from clicks and web browser history.

You should remove IB Updater Service once you notice anything suspicious because PUP can trigger other processes, disable vital functions, and even damage programs running on your device. It shows questionable content that can expose you to serious malware-laced online sites. The sooner you delete this intruder, the better, so you can avoid additional issues regarding privacy and security.

IB Updater Service, also called IncrediBar Updater Service, is a potentially unwanted application, which can easily infiltrate your computer in a bundle with other applications. In most cases, it comes inside the system as a vital part of Incredibar, Sweetpacks, SmileBox, and other potentially unwanted programs that have already initiated various discussions on the Internet. This is a part of the PUP bundle that comes on the device unnoticed and starts altering various settings, affecting processes related to browsing on the internet.  IB Updater Service PUP
IB Updater Service is the software that affects browsing online and other activities related to surfing on the web with shady search tools and unwanted applications.

As soon as IB Updater Service virus reaches the targeted PC system, it starts working on a simple task-it keeps looking for updates for previously mentioned programs. Once it detects such an update, it automatically downloads it to the system without any permission asked.

That's how these adware, browser hijackers, and similar unwanted programs are kept up-to-date.[1] However, this is not the end of the activity of this program. Before you decide to leave it on your computer, you should note that IB Updater Service may also cause unwanted redirections to third-party websites, slowdowns on each of your web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) and may even try to collect people's personally non-identifiable information.[2]

Yes, you can hardly notice the fact that IB Updater Service is collecting data that is related to your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that you enter on each of these websites, etc., but you can easily notice that your browser is slower than it used to be.

If you have just noticed any of these things, you should immediately check your machine with a reputable anti-spyware. For eliminating this virus and other potentially unwanted programs, we highly recommend using automatic removal tools – anti-malware software. You may need to check for virus damage after the IB Updater Service removal to repair vital PC functions. In this case, you can try Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another reputable system optimizer tool.   IBUpdater Service virus
IB Updater Service is the software pack that installs Sweetpacks adware and Search Conduit or Incredibar search engine.

Bundled programs spread around during insecure freeware installs

Browser hijackers, adware and potentially unwanted programs like this are one of those programs that may appear on the system without downloading it. There is no surprise, especially when knowing that this application is a seriously important part of other adware and browser hijackers and PUP bundles.

When trying to prevent their appearance on your computer, you should know that they are mostly distributed using a sneaky distribution method, which is known as bundling. This method is closely related to freeware and shareware, which has been helping for other unwanted programs.

According to experts,[3] users get caught when they don't monitor the freeware installation process and agree to install optional downloads. If you want to avoid this problem, you have to choose a Custom or Advanced installation method. Once you do so, you should uncheck these checkmarks that allow the installation of other PUPs.

Make sure to get rid of the shady IB Updater Service PUP

If you think that the IB Updater Service virus is inside your computer, you should remove such programs as Incredibar, IB Updater, and other questionable applications. When other related applications are still running the behavior of the main PUP remains unaffected due to leftover files.

To remove IB Updater Service alongside other associated programs, you should get an automatic program capable of checking various parts of the system, including program folders and other hidden places. Since PUP can infiltrate the system unnoticed and cause issues from the background it is crucial to clean all the data.

However, IB Updater Service removal should be followed by a proper PC repair check with software like optimizers or cleaners. Potentially unwanted programs can infiltrate the registry and other parts of the system that control particular functions, processes and can ensure the persistence of the cyber intruder, so such virus damage should get properly fixed.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove IB Updater Service, follow these steps:

Uninstall IB Updater Service from Windows systems

Get rid of the shady IB Updater Service and clean the system fully from any possible leftovers

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall IB Updater Service and related programs
    Here, look for IB Updater Service or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase IB Updater Service from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for IB Updater Service or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete IB Updater Service from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for IB Updater Service and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete IB Updater Service removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate IB Updater Service from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, IB Updater Service should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of IB Updater Service from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the browser for additionally installed extensions or toolbars that raise questions

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select IB Updater Service and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete IB Updater Service removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove IB Updater Service from Google Chrome

You should clean the browser from any suspicious installations that IB Updater Service is responsible for

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select IB Updater Service and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete IB Updater Service removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall IB Updater Service from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for IB Updater Service or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. 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 IB Updater Service removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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