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Remove Inbox Toolbar (Removal Instructions) - updated Mar 2020

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as Inbox Toolbar virusm Inbox Toolbar hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers

Inbox Toolbar is unnecessary browser plugin that will show you intrusive ads

Inbox ToolbarInbox Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program that displays intrusive ads

Inbox Toolbar is yet another suspicious application that was known for its browser-hijacking[1] capabilities on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or MS Edge web browsers. The app may infiltrate your computer behind your back because it has been actively promoted with the help of bundling – an unfair marketing campaign that deliberately hides optional components from users' sight during the installation process of the program.

Similarly to other hijackers, Inbox Toolbar changes the settings of the web browser and appends Inbox Toolbar. From that point, users are presented with a customized search engine that populates the browser with sponsored search results at the top, increasing the chances of people clicking on ads instead of organic results. Additionally, Inbox Toolbar is also set to track users' web browsing activities and even their location, if a mobile device is used. While the app was discontinued, it can still be downloaded from various places on the internet by accident, so we highly advise you to remove Inbox Toolbar if you have it installed.

Name Inbox Toolbar
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Infiltration  Potentially unwanted applications are typically delivered via software bundle packages or are downloaded intentionally via third-party websites
Symptoms 
  • Extension Inbox Toolbar installed on all web browsers
  • Search engine, new tab URL and the homepage set to hxxp://www.inbox.com/homepage.aspx
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links
  • Most of visited websites show various ads, including pop-ups, banners, deals, coupons, offers, etc.
  • Operation of the web browser diminished
Dangers  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware, personal information disclosure to unknown parties/cybercriminals, monetary loss due to scams or phishing messages, etc. 
Termination You cab get rid of the unwanted app by following our manual removal instructions listed below or use automatic anti-malware tools
System fix If you are struggling with various errors and crashes, we strongly advise you use ReimageIntego to fix these issues on your PC

Developers of the Inbox Toolbar virus present the app as a useful addition to every users' web browser and claim that it will enhance the web browsing routine of anyone using it. The app is described as follows:

Easy Search – Better, Faster Search Results
Find what you want. Any time. Every time. Better results are just a click away.

The official website used to include a variety of other different applications that the developers used to distribute, including Movies Toolbar, Music Toolbar, Maps toolbar, Games toolbar, and so on. Each of these would be used for different purposes and seemingly help users find what they are looking for faster, and more efficiently.

While it might sound promising, it is important to note that poor quality search tools like Inbox Toolbar rarely benefit users, and the main goal of the app is exposing them to all sorts of ads, including pop-ups, in-text links, auto-play, flashing windows, banners, coupons, and others.

Allegedly, Inbox Toolbar should be a helpful tool for people who are looking for some sort of information on the internet. However, it may show you altered search results that may try to redirect you to its affiliate websites. If you want to avoid Inbox redirects to unknown places, you should avoid this program.

It is important to note that those infected with Inbox Toolbar will have their web browsers set to hxxp://www.inbox.com/homepage.aspx, which also includes a customized search engine. As mentioned above, this allows the hijacker to display sponsored content to users. In some cases, unfortunately, you may end up on insecure websites that are filled with scam messages or malware.

Inbox Toolbar browser hijackerInbox Toolbar is a browser hijacker that changes the settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another web browser

For example, if you access a hacked or otherwise compromised website, a drive-by download[2] would initiate the infection automatically (this works with the help of software vulnerabilities[3] and lack of installed anti-malware software, so it is important to ensure that these security holes are patched). Therefore, while Inbox Toolbar is not considered to be malware, its presence might be the reason for it being installed sometime later.

Besides, Inbox Toolbar is set to track a variety of information about users' online activity. While no personal data is shared with other parties, anonymous information like:

  • IP address, (note that the IP is considered to be PII in some US states and other countries)
  • visited sites,
  • search terms,
  • links clicked, and other data.

Additionally, if you are using the Inbox Toolbar on your phone, it may lead to the disclosure of your current location via the GPS. Here's the explanation of how this can happen:

Some photos and videos you place in or on our Services may contain recorded location information. We may use this information to optimize your experience. If you do not wish to share files embedded with your geo-location information with us, please do not upload them. If you don’t want to store location data in your photos or videos, please consult the documentation for your camera, phone or other device to turn off that feature.

Most of people do not change the default settings of their apps, so they end up sharing their location without knowing if Inbox Toolbar is installed.

Due to all these listed reasons, we highly advise you proceed with Inbox Toolbar removal from your device as soon as possible. There is no need to share your data with unknown third-parties, have your browsers being spammed with ads, and risk of infecting your computer with malware. Get rid of the PUP either manually or automatically as explained below and then reset the installed browsers. In case you noticed slowdowns or other unwanted side-effects after eliminating Inbox Toolbar, scan your system with ReimageIntego

PUPs are often hidden inside the software bundle installers 

Beware that you can easily download this and other toolbars from their official websites or in a bundle with other apps. This distribution technique is called bundling, so the main thing that you need to keep in mind when installing download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software and similar apps is that you have to be very very careful during their installation.

The most common way how Inbox Toolbar virus may infiltrate your system is when downloading and installing freewares without checking their installation process. Of course, you can also download this program directly from its official website but in most of the cases toolbars are bundled with third-party programs that seek to earn some easy money. That's why you should be very cautious when downloading and installing questionable programs from the web.

By selecting advanced or similar installation method, you will be able to track every installation step and prevent their infiltration. Don't forget to unmark any additional plug-ins and/or extensions that you are not familiar with. If you noticed that toolbar.inbox.com hijacked your browsers, you should waste no time and check the system for this web browser plug-in.

Inbox Toolbar virusInbox Toolbar is just one of many add-ons that the developer distributes

Remove Inbox Toolbar from your system and use official search tools instead

In order to avoid further problems, we recommend you to remove Inbox Toolbar from the system. There are plenty of legitimate search engines available to choose from – the most commonly used Google.com. If you want more privacy, you can also switch to privacy-focused search engines/browsers, e.g., DuckDuckGo or Brave Browser.

For a comprehensive Inbox Toolbar removal, we recommend scanning the device with anti-malware software. Nevertheless, be aware that not all security programs will recognize it as threat, so if you have no luck with it, you can terminate Inbox Toolbar virus with the help of our instructions below.

Regardless of which removal method you choose, we recommend resetting the installed web browsers to ensure that the unwanted activity by Inbox Toolbar returns in the future – you can find the instructions on how to do that below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Inbox Toolbar, follow these steps:

Get rid of Inbox Toolbar from Windows systems

To get rid of PUPs from Windows, access Control Panel/Programs & features section as explained below:

  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 Inbox Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for Inbox 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 Inbox 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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 Inbox Toolbar from Mac OS X system

macOS users should perform the following steps in order to remove Inbox Toolbar from their computers:

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

Remove Inbox Toolbar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Inbox Toolbar-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 Inbox Toolbar, 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 Inbox Toolbar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Inbox Toolbar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Inbox 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 Inbox 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, Google.com).
  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 Inbox Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Inbox Toolbar 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 Inbox 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 Inbox 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 Inbox 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 Inbox Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Inbox Toolbar from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome as soon as you eliminate the PUP:

  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 Inbox 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 Inbox Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Inbox 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 Inbox 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 Inbox 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 Inbox Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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