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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 PUPIB 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 virusIB 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.

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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

To remove IB Updater Service from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to IB Updater Service (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase IB Updater Service from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove IB Updater Service from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for IB Updater Service-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove IB Updater Service, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to IB Updater Service and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the IB Updater Service-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete IB Updater Service from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for IB Updater Service and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete IB Updater Service removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate IB Updater Service from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the IB Updater Service-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

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

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

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to IB Updater Service and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case IB Updater Service did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete IB Updater Service removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove IB Updater Service from Google Chrome

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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to IB Updater Service by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the IB Updater Service-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete IB Updater Service removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall IB Updater Service from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to IB Updater Service and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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