What is Inbox Toolbar (www.inbox.com)?
Inbox Toolbar is an unwanted application identified as potential malware and categorized as a browser hijacker (sometimes referred to as the Inbox Toolbar virus) that causes many issues for computer and internet users. Inbox Toolbar and related third-party items are known to change internet browser settings with and without consent, including the home page and default search engine, causing browsers to start up on and redirect to inbox.com, ww2.inbox.com, inbox.com/homepage, and other websites. Inbox Toolbar malware may also install a large quantity of related items with the product without direct permission, including additional Toolbars, adware, and spyware. Inbox Toolbar is not something you want installed to your computer and attached to your browser. If Inbox Toolbar is installed, it is recommended to remove this unwanted application immediately.
Most symptoms relating to Inbox Toolbar are concerning unwanted browser redirections to websites such as http://inbox.com, http://crawler.com, and other search engines. Inbox.com and other search engines display sponsored search results (paid for search results) that may contain irrelevant search matches and results that promote unethical software, such as scareware, or fake/rogue security software used to defraud victims. The Inbox Toolbar search feature will display unwanted advertisements and search results in order to generate revenue via cost-per-click affiliations. This is seen as a very unethical marketing tactic as income is primarily generated from the confusion and misfortunes of internet users, in which inbox.com and other websites that promote unwanted Toolbars are aware of, otherwise they would not target the associated demographic.
The Inbox Toolbar hijacker and relating browser add-ons, extensions, and plugins, as well as Search Engines are extremely invasive tools that may collect and distribute user data. Especially user data manually submitted to online forms (fields) while Inbox Toolbar and third-party software is installed. This is why Inbox Toolbar may be considered spyware. In-fact inbox.com is aware that people refer to their browser helper objects and adware and spyware. Inbox Toolbar will collect information you manually input online and may even collect your complete computer activity alike similar browser hijackers. Information collected by Inbox Toolbar may include credit information, identity information, home addresses, telephone numbers, information concerning social media relationships, usernames, passwords, and more. Sensitive data collected by Inbox Toolbar is linked to cyber crimes involving credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. On a lesser-scale victims of Inbox Toolbar malware will receive excessive email spam, telephone calls from telemarketers, and junk mail concerning recent browser history. For example, if you recently listed to music online or watched certain YouTube videos, Inbox Toolbar may spam or “scam” you in relations the music you listened to and videos you watched online.
Reports indicate that Inbox Toolbar may be difficult to uninstall, or that Inbox Toolbar may install so much additional “bloatware” and third-party malware that it may be difficult to identify what to remove. Inbox.com and associated companies do in fact produce a “fleet” of unwanted Toolbars. Inbox Toolbar has an extremely large quantity of Toolbars titled below:
- Movies Toolbar
- Music Toolbar
- Radio Toolbar
- Maps Toolbar
- Games Toolbar
- News Toolbar
- Weather Toolbar
- Dictionary Toolbar
- Sports Toolbar
- Recipes Toolbar
- Country Music Toolbar
- Hip Hop Toolbar
- Casual Games Toolbar (Image)
- Jobs Toolbar
- Security Toolbar
- General Toolbar
Inbox Toolbar and these related browser objects have also been noted to install additional adware, spyware, and browser hijackers without consent of computer users. (This list of Toolbars above is protected by copyright and can not be reproduced without written and notarized consent of botcrawl.com)
If you notice Inbox Toolbar and any other mentioned toolbar installed to your computer system, it is strongly recommended to remove and uninstall the unwanted applications immediately. Inbox Toolbar removal instructions are included further below.
How does Inbox Toolbar infect a computer?
Inbox Toolbar can be manually and voluntarily installed from inbox.com, ww2.inbox.com and other websites, though many complain that Inbox Toolbar installs without consent or knowledge and beings to modify browser settings, redirect web search, and install additional software.
If Inbox Toolbar is on your system without consent, the malware may have been contracted via freeware, shareware, and codecs that want to monetize their products and service by providing a third-party or related browser attachment used to generate affiliate money. Inbox Toolbar is only helpful for the developers and third-parties that bundle with Inbox Toolbar or use information collected by Inbox Toolbar and third-parties because they are generating revenue for themselves. Inbox Toolbar is not helpful for the general internet user and should be avoided.
How to remove Inbox Toolbar malware
- Automatically remove Inbox Toolbar malware – Scan for and automatically remove Inbox Toolbar and third-party malware
- Manually remove Inbox Toolbar – Remove/Uninstall Inbox Toolbar software and third-party malware
1. Automatic Inbox Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove the Inbox Toolbar hijacker and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your home page, default search engine, browser shortcuts, and other hijacked settings.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings start-up up settings, and uninstall Inbox Toolbar and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Inbox Toolbar and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Inbox Toolbar, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Inbox Toolbar removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Inbox Toolbar and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Inbox Toolbar malware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Inbox Toolbar and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
4. Inbox Toolbar and relating parties may make the uninstall process confusing. Once uninstalled if an alert is prompted that says “Are you sure you want to completely remove Inbox Movies Toolbar (or whichever toolbar) and all of its components?” click Yes. If another notification is prompted with a list of components to remove, make sure all of the radio boxes are checked and click Yes to uninstall any unwanted software Inbox Toolbar malware installs without consent.
How to remove Inbox Toolbar add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Inbox Toolbar add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party titles.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Inbox Toolbar extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Inbox Toolbar add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Inbox Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.