What is InkRevealed Toolbar and how does it work?
InkRevealed Toolbar might look like an excellent tool for daily inspirations if you love tattoos. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) offers a toolbar for Google Chrome browser, which is supposed to provide you with ideas “for best friend tattoos, couple tattoos, tongue rings, belly button rings and more! Get useful info on tattoo maintenance and piercing aftercare.” It might sound like InkRevealed Toolbar is a cool tool to look for inspirations online, but the reality is slightly different. Our security experts quickly identified the producer of this application – Mindspark group, which is well known for the development of PUPs. It has released many other browser hijackers that are described as beneficial applications, when in fact, the aim of all Mindspark products is to advertise third-party websites and generate web traffic for them.
Moreover, this PUP usually enters user’s system without user’s consent, and that is just another reason to think that InkRevealed Toolbar is a questionable program. Also, once it enters your computer, it installs various extensions to your Google Chrome browser and replaces your default homepage with Ask.com search engine. This way this intruder gains access to monitor your browsing activity and to see the search terms you used, as well as websites that you recently visited. Based on the things that you look for on the Internet, this application generates attractive advertisements for you and displays them when you use your new browser’s homepage, Ask.com.
It is a must a mention that you should avoid clicking on any of these ads because you may experience InkRevealed Toolbar redirects to questionable websites that may contain harmful material. To secure your computer and to remove computer parasites, we recommend Reimage anti-malware.
How can InkRevealed Toolbar hijack my computer?
There are two possible ways of InkRevealed Toolbar installation – whether you have downloaded it from its official website, or you may have installed this program without realizing it. The issue is that the distributors of such PUP tend to bundle their products together with reliable and lawful programs, so you may not realize that you are going to install a bundled software pack instead of your preferred program only. The 2-spyware team advises you to be attentive and investigate the website that provides the download link. Is it an official website? Or does it provide more suspicious free applications?
However, even if you have downloaded a bundled pack of programs, there still is a way to reject additional apps. For that, you need to select “advanced” or “custom” installation settings and un-tick all agreements to install various plug-ins, add-ons, browser extensions and so on. Also, do not allow to make any changes to your default homepage. That is all you need to ensure that unwanted applications will not affect your computer.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of InkRevealed Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
InkRevealed Toolbar FAQ:
Question: I have recently installed InkRevealed Toolbar because it looked like a useful and reliable app. However, the drawbacks of this program are unpleasant – my computer performs slower now and also whenever I use Ask.com search engine, I see lots of advertisements instead of accurate search results. I want to delete this program. How can I do it?
Answer: InkRevealed Toolbar virus is completely useless, and it is a must to get rid of it if you want to recover your computer’s performance. Our security experts have provided detailed instructions on how to uninstall InkRevealed Toolbar. Follow them and delete this intruder for good!
- Uninstall programs that are related to InkRevealed Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for InkRevealed Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (InkRevealed Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.