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Remove Iminent toolbar (Removal Guide) - Oct 2018 update

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Iminent – a browser hijacker which cannot improve your searches as it claims

Iminent Toolbar Iminent - a PUP which might collect various non-personal details that relate to the user's browsing experience.

Iminent is an add-on[1] presented as a useful tool to enhance your everyday browsing with vivid effects, such as handy toolbar and background pictures. If you visit its homepage, it offers you animations and emoticons to liven things up. However, those who have been wondering what is Iminent toolbar, should know that it cannot be trusted because it is a browser hijacker. IT experts do not treat this tool as highly useful due to its tendency to display sponsored ads on the home page and the tendency to collect non-personal information. Such data typically identifies your browsing habits, including your login details, mostly visited domains and similar data. To protect this information, you might consider eliminating this tool. 

Name  Iminent
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type PUP
Danger level Low. Does not affect any other systems
Browsers affected Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Explorer
Symptoms Browser's homepage, URL section, and default search engine have been modified 
Distribution Through other software
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Iminent has been advertised as a beneficial add-on to your PC which can enrich your daily browsing experience by allowing to use “amazing emoticons & animations for email, social networks, and forums.” Though this PUP functions as a search engine, the developers also encourage you to download Iminent to your computer. Naturally, you might wonder why it is not recommended to use this tool. It is commendable that the PUP or a browser hijacker, more specifically, does not behave like a stereotypical tool, i.e. it does not take over the browser completely and gather personal details.

Nonetheless, Iminent virus has been labeled as a hijacker for a reason. Here is a short extract from this privacy policy which might help you form a specific impression of the tool:

We collect other information when you visit the Site and/or install one or more of the Application components, including your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type or version, operating system type or version or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site and by using the Application, access times and dates, usage statistics for your use of the Application and other statistics (Non-Identifying Information).

We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Site and the Application and for the Site's technical administration, to increase our Site and Application's functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor the Site and Application to our visitors' needs.

Though this is promoted to be compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other major browsers, in fact, it does not function properly in all of them. For instance, when launched in Tor browser, it does not show any search results. If you open in browsers which do not hide your identity, you might be bothered by localized commercial alerts[2] and popups. Better perform the Iminent removal before it causes more annoying consequences.

Iminent PUPIminent is a PUP which can redirect the user to developer-sponsored websites.

Once you install the Iminent browser hijacker[3], your default search engine will be replaced to, or Note that every activity is surveyed. Furthermore, you may be bothered by sponsored ads which pop up in a new tab. It is not surprising if they are customized and might seem relevant to you. This is the result of processing your browsing data.

Furthermore, you are likely to be bothered by occasional redirect issues. This phenomenon might mislead you to third party websites which may contain poor SLL certificates and, in general, be more vulnerable to virtual threats. For this reason, you need to remove Iminent virus from your computer. Use ReimageIntego or any other similar tool to detect unwanted components.

Iminent browser hijackerIminent is a browser hijacker which enters the browser unnoticed through other programs.

Avoid installing PUP by monitoring installation of the freeware

Though in most cases, users install potentially unwanted programs on their own, browser hijackers might occur if a user accidentally installs it along with another freeware. It gets pinned to more popular free file converters or movie streaming sites under “Basic” settings. Thus, when a user switches between the installation stages, they often tend to overlook its attachment.

Likewise, you might have committed the same mistake. In order not to repeat it again in the future, install any new tool and select “Custom” settings. Remove the checkmarks from the unwanted applications and continue the installation of the primary software. Note that the toolbar targets every user, whether they reside in Poland or the United Kingdom[4], and any browser. 

Iminent browser-hijacking app

Discover ways to uninstall Iminent permanently

Since the hijacker comes in different shapes, you will need some time to get rid of all its components. You have to delete all unwanted browser extensions, eliminate the new fake search engine, and other search tools related to the potentially unwanted application. These actions will let you remove Iminent virus and all its components for good.

In the below-given Iminent removal instructions, you will also find how you can perform full browser reset. This action eliminates all web scripts and cookies associated with the toolbar. If you do not want to meddle with the PUP and waste time on it, you may let a cybersecurity tool[5] get rid of the infection from your computer in only a few minutes of time.

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To remove Iminent toolbar, follow these steps:

Uninstall Iminent toolbar from Windows systems

To remove Iminent virus from your computer, you need to get rid of every component related to Iminent toolbar, such as, or Each of these search engines can provide sponsored search results, so be sure not to use them.

  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 Iminent toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Iminent toolbar 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'
  5. Remove Iminent toolbar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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 Iminent toolbar 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 Iminent toolbar 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 Iminent toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Iminent toolbar from Microsoft Edge

Get rid of all PUP-added components from Microsoft Edge. Follow these instructions:

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 Iminent toolbar-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

Delete Iminent toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Iminent toolbar 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Iminent toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Iminent toolbar from Google Chrome

Fix Google Chrome by eliminating add-ons related to Iminent. For that, you may need to reset your web browser.

  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 Iminent toolbar 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Iminent toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Iminent toolbar 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 Iminent toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Iminent toolbar, 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. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Iminent toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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