Remove Instant Inbox

What is Instant Inbox

Instant Inbox is a browser extension that promises to help people effectively access their email accounts from their new tab page, but it goes on to replace your search engine and read your browsing history. Instant Inbox is a bit useless — only adds a few links on the new tab page, plus a search box that links to a search engine known for its abundant ads.

As far as I know, Instant Inbox, which has the address www.instantinbox.co, is not associated with the company using instantinbox.co.uk.

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What does Instant Inbox do?

Instant Inbox changes the new tab page of your browser, and it’s not a bad looking page. It’s minimalistic and has links to four popular email providers, as well as a couple of popular social networks. The people who use those specific websites might find this somewhat useful. Instant Inbox also happens to be able to read your browsing history, manage your downloads, and collect your data. The description of this extension mentions “custom web searchâ€. I’m not sure what that means, but, in the middle of the page, there is a search bar for browsing the web. It does not use your default search engine, though. Instead, it directs queries to the Yahoo! Engine, known for displaying quite a few ads in the results. This engine is pushed by many, many browser hijackers, possibly because of Oath’s partnership program.

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Overall, Instant Inbox is very similar to Quick Email Access and Email Inbox Login: they link to an unwanted search engine, they track people’s search data, and they justify this with providing a few links on the new tab page.

Why is Instant Inbox unwanted?

Instant Inbox offers very few flimsy features in exchange for the use that they get out of you. You get a couple of quick links on your new tab page — they get your browsing data and a lot of personal information. Data about people’s demographics, browsing preferences, financial situation is very valuable to advertisers. No wonder that behind Instant Inbox’s privacy policy is a marketing company (ITO Media) that helps their clients craft effective marketing strategies and find audiences for their products, and not some selfless developer. If you use Instant Inbox, it can track your browsing history, location, device, as well as the information that it may import from the social networks that you decide to associate with Instant Inbox. You should be protective of your private data and only share your information with companies that you really trust; Leaks happen often enough, sometimes the people whose data is exposed are not told about it. And, in an extreme scenario, if this data were to fall into criminal hands, it could be used for phishing attacks.

Additionally, poor quality extensions can be abused by malware, so you should only install software that you trust. Harm is not intended by these extensions, but having more add-ons does increase your risk. Something like modifying your new tab page is actually possible to do without any extensions and requires no special tools, go ahead and look into it.

How to remove Instant Inbox

Instant Inbox can be removed by accessing your browser settings — it’s really very simple, and the guides for the browsers that Instant Inbox affects are below. Besides, sometimes Instant Inbox is installed together with other unwanted extensions, like Search Secure. People don’t only find Instant Inbox organically, but also by going there from adware websites like EasyToolOnline. These can be promoted by real adware viruses — dangerous because they also promote sites that spread malware or steal people’s login details. I regularly see adware sites advertise browser hijackers.

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If you found Instant Inbox on your own, or through ads, then you should be fine. But if you had Instant Inbox recommended to you by a pop-up ad, or if it was installed without your knowledge, it’s likely that an adware virus is responsible. You can find out for sure by scanning your device with a professional antivirus tool, like Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Instant Inbox. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Instant Inbox Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Instant Inbox or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Instant Inbox Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Instant Inbox or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Instant Inbox Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Instant Inbox or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Instant Inbox.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Instant Inbox Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Instant Inbox or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Instant Inbox is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Instant Inbox program.
  7. Select Instant Inbox or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Instant Inbox

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Instant Inbox

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Instant Inbox, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Instant Inbox in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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