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Should I remove Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
68% remove it32% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #17,754
Reach 0.0155%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.67 days
196.68 days >
Average installed length: 103.34 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
3.0.0.0.242 100.00%

Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer

What is Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer?

This web browser toolbar/extension is a 'startpage' hijacker that is designed to modify the browser's homepage, new tab page and default search page and provider in order to generate search-related revenue.

Overview

Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. The main program executable is msbloader.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 5 files and is usually about 1.13 MB (1,180,536 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer.
msbloader.exe (2018874cd4d77b00414a7f514150d2f9) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3438 Search
AVware 1.5.0.21 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14620 Adware.Win32.SearchSuite.81
CAT-QuickHeal 4.15.14.00 PUA.MSJDGBTIR.OD6
ESET-NOD32 9.11429 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.K potentially unsafe
Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015 Trojan.Generic
VIPRE Antivirus 39090 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
ViRobot 2014.3.20.0 Adware.BrowserTabSearch.95136[h]
Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\browser tab search by ask\safetynut\browsertabsearch
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Browser Tab Search by Ask\SafetyNut\BrowserTabSearch\BrowserTabSearchUninstall.exe" /browser=ie
Estimated size: 1.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer

Program executable:msbloader.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Browser Tab Search by Ask
Path:C:\Program Files\browser tab search by ask\safetynut\browsertabsearch\msbloader.exe
MD5:2018874cd4d77b00414a7f514150d2f9
Additional files:
  • BrowserTabSearchUninstall.exe - Browser Tab Search by Ask (Browser Tab Search by Ask Uninstall)
  • msb.dll
  • msb64.dll
  • msbloader64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • msbloader.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'msbloader.exe' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Browser Tab Search by Ask\SafetyNut\BrowserTabSearch\msbloader.exe".
  • msbloader64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Browser Tab Search by Askx64' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Browser Tab Search by Ask\SafetyNut\BrowserTabSearch\msbloader64.exe".

How do I remove Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer?

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Or, you can uninstall Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer 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 Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer, 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 Browser Tab Search by Ask for Internet Explorer.
  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.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 0%
 
WHEN IT STARTS
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 68%
Keep it 32%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 61.47%
Windows 8 27.98%
Windows XP 8.26%
Windows Vista 2.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 29.95%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.36%
Windows 7 Professional 10.14%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.83%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 7.37%
Windows 7 Home Basic 5.07%

Distribution by countryGeography

7.55% of installs come from Saudi Arabia
Which countries install it?
  Saudi Arabia 7.55%
  India 7.08%
  MA 5.66%
  Thailand 4.72%
  Romania 4.72%
  Israel 4.25%
  DZ 3.30%
  Pakistan 3.30%
  Egypt 3.30%
  Italy 3.30%
  Russia 2.83%
  United Arab Emirates 2.83%
  France 2.36%
  Philippines 2.36%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.66%
Acer 19.08%
Dell 15.79%
ASUS 11.84%
Toshiba 11.18%
Lenovo 4.61%
GIGABYTE 3.95%
Samsung 3.29%
Intel 1.97%
American Megatrends 1.32%
MSI 1.32%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.45%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.59%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.59%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.59%
ASUSTeK K55VD 1.72%
Dell Inspiron 1545 1.72%

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