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Remove incredibar (Free Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as mystart incredibar | Type: Browser hijacker

Incredibar is a browser hijacker that changes Google Chrome's or other browser's settings without permission

The picture illustrating Incredibar virusIncredibar is a browser hijacker that offers extra quick action buttons but comes with various negative effects

Questions about incredibar

Incredibar is a suspicious browser toolbar that typically gets injected into the system via software bundling, i.e., users install it unintentionally together with shareware or freeware. As soon as it is settled, the potentially unwanted application modifies new tab address and homepage to either mystart.incredibar.com or search.incredibar.com. Due to security flaws, frustrating persistent behavior, and the display of ads, Incredibar has been labeled as a browser hijacker by security researchers. While typical ones are programmed to occupy users' browsers and promote certain services or websites, Incredibar search tools negatively affected the overall performance of the system.

SUMMARY
Name Incredibar
Type Browser hijacker
Developer Perion
Related domains mystart.incredibar.com and search.incredibar.com
Distribution Software bundling
Symptoms Changed browser settings, sponsored links in search results, overall increased amount of advertisement, slowdown on the computer/browser
Elimination Download and install ReimageIntego for a quick solution; otherwise, use manual guide below

While Incredibar possesses your typical browser hijacker features like changed browser settings, redirects, annoying pop-ups, sponsored links in the search results, the PUP also shows down the browser and even computer.[1] Additionally, all affiliated hijackers tend to redirect you via api.content-ad.net URL link before directing you to the sponsored web site. For that reason, users are looking for Incredibar removal instructions – we provide them below.

It is not surprising that users might be tempted to keep the hijacker installed, as it offers a customized search bar, which includes several links. As of now, two versions of the add-on are known: one that offers flash games, and another one offering music-related links. However, users soon realize that the additional features of the Incredibar toolbar are a mere disguise to abuse users for marketing purposes.

Incredibar toolbarIncredibar is a potentially unwanted program that infiltrates machines using software bundling and makes unauthorized changes to each of the installed browsers

Soon after the Incredibar hijack, users start struggling during their daily browsing sessions as the ads and banners begin offering dating or other questionable services. It is not surprising since the hijacker cooperates with the series third-party content providers. Likewise, the Incredibar redirect phenomenon may lead users to infected sites.

What is more, its privacy policy provides long paragraphs indicating users' responsibilities, but disclaims any liability for the possible damage Incredibar can inflict:  

(…)while we make reasonable efforts to ensure that the site will function as claimed, Perion does not guarantee that the site will be free of bugs, security breaches, virus attacks and the like, or that it will always be available. the site will occasionally be unavailable for routine maintenance, upgrading, or other reasons.

Speaking of the browsing quality, Incredibar search tools fail to deliver the same quantity of search results as reliable search tools. In addition, neither of the hijacker support security browser plug-ins. All in all, there are more than enough reasons to remove Incredibar hijackers from the system. Accelerate the process with ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

Incredibar versions 

Mystart.incredibar.com is, perhaps, the best-known sample of this hijacker group. It exhibits a specific preference for Firefox users and it does not exclude any countries. Even if you live in Denmark[2], be vigilant as well. Its outcomes vary from case to case. It may only limit to itself exploiting your CPU resources or display distractions during the browsing session. It may come as an attachment to free applications, such as HyperCam.  Once installed, it will root into the system which results in difficulties eliminating it.

Search.incredibar.com leads you to the same home page of MyStart hijacker. Along with the former variation, this hijacker was mostly active in 2012 and 2014. However, it might be futile to ignore the potential danger of this hijacker now. Besides the describes after-effects, the browser malware even causes a series of removal troubles for users who intend to eliminate it. It also tends to settle on a Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Chrome browser via free applications. 

Incredibar insecureGoogle Chrome warns users that they should not enter any personal info when using the Incredibar website

Distribution network

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.

Carelessly installing shady codecs or free software[3] may also accelerate Inbcredibar hijack. 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, pay attention to the components you install together with any free software. Lastly, boost the protection of your system by installing a security application.

Eliminate Incredibar hijacker

Besides eliminating the hijacker and its toolbar from the browser, look for shady applications in the system. Once settled it is likely to invite additional shady and even potentially malicious programs. Thus, you need to be especially wary of them. In order to save time looking and terminating them, use security tools. They will remove Incredibar virus within a couple of minutes.  

In addition, you will find below-instructions useful as well. They will help you eradicate web scripts related to the browser infection and likewise contribute to the overall Incredibar virus removal. Users report that simply deleting ist extension and toolbar is not sufficient. Likewise, you will need to reset the browser. After that, it is recommended to boot the PC into Safe Mode and eliminate its registry key:

  1. When the PC boots into Safe mode, click on Windows key+R keys and type regedit.
  2. Once Registry editor launches, enter HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Your browser/Main.
  3. Find the entry MyStart Incredibar, right-click on it and choose Delete.

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To remove incredibar, follow these steps:

Get rid of incredibar from Windows systems

To get rid of Incredibar from Windows OS, follow these steps:

  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 incredibar and related programs
    Here, look for incredibar 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 incredibar 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.

Eliminate incredibar from Mac OS X system

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

Remove incredibar from Applications folder:

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

Delete incredibar 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 incredibar 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 incredibar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase incredibar 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 incredibar-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

Remove incredibar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

As soon as the PUP is eliminated, you need to refresh Mozilla Firefox:

  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 incredibar 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 incredibar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall incredibar from Google Chrome

  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 incredibar 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 incredibar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Pennie Lee says:
    June 24th, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I just want to hug you for being here and on top of the damn thing. For 3 days now, Ive been furious with this little demon!

    I came online tonight intending to report it,but you are here and have answers. Bless you, Pennie

  2. Matt says:
    August 2nd, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Worked like a charm for foxfire. THANKS!!

  3. Willbur says:
    August 20th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks! This helped so much!!

  4. Nate says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I used the incredibar removal video guide and it worked great. Cleaned out all my browsers; Im glad this website was here because this had the potential of being a major headache for me.

  5. Tommy says:
    August 28th, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Ive got infected with incredibar when I installed FreeYoutubedownloader, I did not asked it and the clear uninstall was not provided. My advice is to look at every check box when installing any software, as you never know what you can get. Lots of software developers makes a deals and bundles their software together.

  6. M.J says:
    September 9th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for existing. Period.

  7. Massy says:
    September 9th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    The settings on my windows explorer are a bit different than the ones shown here and I cant go on further a certain point. Is there anyway I could send you a screenshot of where I am stuck?

  8. Shannon says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I have watched the video of how to remove this thing and i have a more up to date laptop so nothing is the same as the video i need to get rid of it now!! i hate it!!!

  9. Marie says:
    October 20th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I downloaded SpyHunter 4 and did not even have to purchase it for it to fix my Incredibar issue! It is gone! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!

  10. Yegorka says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    OMG u rock!
    got this after installing Apple software which added at least 10 new processes to the background. dickheads at apple!
    thank you very much now Im clean!T

  11. Rick says:
    October 25th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    My computer picked up the browser hijacker incredibar. I ran the free scan from SpyHunter. Is it possible to manually remove the files created from the SpyHunter scan.

  12. Dhinesh says:
    December 14th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Guys try all the process removing from control pane and other things.If it doesnt work….just try this it worked for me,go to run–>C:Program Files and press enter it will display all the softwares installed in your system clearly,in that one folder name will be “Thereon”I guess,it is the folder which contains incredi bar stuff..just delete it and I am 100% sure you will get rid of that toolbar.

  13. d dinesh says:
    December 30th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Mr. Dinesh, dont become a fool by posting this. Suspect your connection with incredebar tool bar people.

  14. Greg says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    you lost me here – what do you mean run–> C:Program Files? I have windows 7 64bit – this does not give me anything running this command in the start search box or in a command prompt?? Please give a more detailed explanation.

  15. Heriberto says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Always delete your browsing history and change your password to E-mail account about once a month and remember to write down your new password on a piece of paper and put it where you can find it, make sure use passwords with a combination of numbers and letters!

  16. sl0j0n says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Hello.
    I was removing IncrediBar [more like IncrediCRAP] and remembered to check Chrome.
    Under “Extensions”, I found “IB Updater 2.0.0.110”.
    That is also “IncrediBar” for Chrome.
    Hopefully helpful.
    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  17. s says:
    January 21st, 2013 at 10:35 am

    thanks! was helpful

  18. bsham says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for the info..this incredibar thing is very annoying..I got rid of it …thank you

  19. HELP says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    i did everything still when i restart chrome and try to search something it still uses this terrible incredibar! even tough i removed it in the setteing over and over again!

  20. Kristi says:
    February 2nd, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I SO SO love you for this.

  21. Miguel says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Manual removal for Firefox worked like a charm! Also ran a utilities program (TuneUp Utilities, in my case) to clear all the startup and other stuff this IncrediCrap installed.

  22. Quinn says:
    February 8th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Has anyone seen a difference in incredibar since the new Google AdSense policy changes on Feb. 1? Is it easier/hard to install/uninstall and is there more/less advertising on the search toolbar?

  23. Tuck says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    You may also disable all at once by going to your start page, going to incredibar, and deleting that, and deleting its updater. The updater would re-install the whole thing.

  24. Akari (not my real name of coarse but hey!) says:
    June 18th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Its gone… BY JINGO ITS GONE!

  25. darren says:
    June 26th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    thank you so much this has been driving m crazy forever and your tips are the first to ever stop it from going especially the last part about reseting what mystart changed. im in your debt.

  26. joe says:
    October 13th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    works perfectly.. thank you!

  27. sophie says:
    October 22nd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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