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Should I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
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Avira SearchFree Toolbar

What is Avira SearchFree Toolbar?

The software is bundled in most version of the Free Avira AntiVirus product. After installation, the Free AV software will prompt the user through its OfferCast application to install the toolbar in order to "Browse the web and search safely". Avira SearchFree Toolbar installs with the Ask.com internet browser toolbar and keeps it automatically updated. Avira SearchFree Toolbar gets installed through bundled software. The default settings will automatically install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar as soon as you install the host bundler software on your PC. Sometimes Avira SearchFree Toolbar has a habit of leaving numerous files, settings and useless registry entries behind which might cause some stability and performance issues. Unfortunately, Avira SearchFree Toolbar won’t be removed even you have uninstall the associated program that bundled it.

Upon install, the software will:
- Set and keep Ask.com as the default search provider.
- Set the browser homepage and new tabs page to Ask.com
- Protect the settings through a background process that will monitor for changes and if detected will reset the search and homepages back to Ask.com.

About  (from Ask.com)

Avira’s WebGuard component works by acting as a proxy to prevent customers from downloading malicious code from an infected or rogue website. Avira’s WebGuard, which was previously available only to customers of Avira’s paid security software, is now available for those “free” users who choose to install the Avira Sear...  Read more
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
  • Remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar with Reason Core Security.
Avira SearchFree Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Help link: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ask.com\assets\oobe
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{86D4B82A-ABED-442A-BE86-96357B70F4FE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.8 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Avira SearchFree Toolbar

Program executable:updater.exe
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\updater.exe
Ask Updater runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • updater.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ApnUpdater' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe".
Network connections
  • updater.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.74 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0882168889%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.04567402%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.04254287%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Avira SearchFree Toolbar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Avira SearchFree Toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Avira SearchFree Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

71.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.43%
  Germany 14.29%
  DZ 14.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Sony 50.00%
Acer 50.00%

About Ask.com

Ask focuses on search traffic through various methods, the number being installation of its toolbars through a lot of bundle and rebrand programs.
Publisher URL: www.ask.com


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