IMinentSmile - How to remove?
IMinentSmile is a toolbar that can be added to Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 or higher. It offers smileys, winks, mood avatars, text effects and symbols to your instant messengers, e.g. WLM, Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Messenger, e-mails including Yahoo! and Aol and Social Networks, such as twitter, Facebook, myspace, dailymotion or Hi5. One can download the toolbar from Iminent official website but usually it is distributed employing other methods. One of the most common ones is bundling IMinentSmile with freeware or shareware.
If you are not sure whether you want to keep the toolbar or not, you should know that after installing it your home page, search engine and New Tab page will be changed to custom Yahoo! search. You may be redirected to StartWeb. Another change is displaying of advertisements. Please note, that some of them might be malicious or lead to corrupted websites. Even though IMinentSmile is not a virus itself, clicking on the ads it displays might infect your computer. Moreover, those that are concerned with their privacy on the Internet should remove adware like IMinentSmile without any hesitation. It inserts cookies and other tracking technique for monitoring user’s browsing habits. The data is usually used for targeted advertisements or marketing campaigns. It might be sold to third parties.
If you did not install IMinentSmile yourself or if you feel that the inconveniences it causes exceed its advantages you should remove the add-on immediately. For a manual removal you should go to Control Panel Add and Remove Programs and uninstall it from there. You should also check your browser extensions and if you see anything related to this toolbar, disable it. The last and most important thing to do is to scan your computer with antimalware tools, such as Spyhunter. It will ensure no viruses attacked your computer while you had IMinentSmile. If you do not want to go through all the manual removal steps, you may wish to use Spyhunter in the first place. It will remove IMinentSmile and any other adware and/or browser hijackers automatically. To avoid similar unwanted applications in the future always select custom installation option when obtaining any free software and remove check boxes informing about adding of toolbars together with the main code.