Iminent Community Toolbar

Posted: February 28, 2013
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 5/10
Infected PCs 73,132

Iminent Community Toolbar Description

The Iminent Community Toolbar is a browser add-on associated with, a domain known for its long-held cross-marketing efforts with diverse types of Potentially Unwanted Programs. The Iminent Community Toolbar uses minor, emoticon-based features as an excuse for its installation, but its primary purpose is to launch advertisements, hijack your browser and redirect it to arbitrarily-selected websites.

The Imminent Problems You'll Face with the Iminent Community Toolbar previously came under analysis by malware researchers due to its questionably-functional search engine, its ties to PUPs like LyricalParty or SySaver, and the distribution of its products through bundle utilities like AirInstaller. However, in terms of its marketing, all of these are secondary to's toolbar, which provides 'smiley faces' and other, trivial instant messaging enhancements as a tradeoff for advertising and browser hijacks. Previously offered at, the Iminent Community Toolbar has been taken down, possibly subject to replacement by other add-ons like the IMinent Toolbar.

A critical, but unmentioned limitation of the Iminent Community Toolbar's emoticon feature is that instant message users who aren't using the same toolbar are unable to see its emoticons. In the meantime, while you're led to believe that you're gaining enhanced IM capabilities from this software, the Iminent Community Toolbar may:

  • Insert advertisements into your Web browser, which may display as injected links, banners or other inserted elements.
  • Redirect your default homepage or search engine to or domains like

Walking Away from a Community of Ambiguous Tactics

The Iminent Community Toolbar and its site are tailored for teens and children, in particular, but are no less subject to the same security and performance problems that dominate all similar toolbars aimed at adults. Parents who allow their children to browse the Web freely may want to consider the benefits of talking about the dangers of toolbars. Besides that common-sense solution, malware experts also would encourage using PC security tools to scan any computer with an Iminent Community Toolbar installed, which will allow the deletion of the offending program and hopefully, the removal of its diverse software changes.

Search results promoted through the Iminent Community Toolbar's favored sites may not automatically be threatening to your PC in every case. However, the majority of PUPs, including the Iminent Community Toolbar, have reputations for poor security in choosing their advertising partners, and an endorsement from a toolbar known for being installed automatically is, obviously, not a high guarantee for your computer's safety.


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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:

%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Umbrella\umbrella.exe File name: umbrella.exe
Size: 2.86 MB (2868544 bytes)
MD5: 1b6ebaa539502c816930ae4fc9f192fe
Detection count: 2,850
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: July 27, 2020

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Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

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