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Should I remove CrowdStar Gamebar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0004%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 524.24 days
1382.04 days >
Average installed length: 726.16 days


VersionDistribution 83.33% 16.67%

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CrowdStar Gamebar

What is CrowdStar Gamebar?

CrowdStar Gamebar is an Ask.com (Ask Partner Network) Toolbar that will provide limited web browser functionality but will modify the user's home and search pages and providers to an Ask.com managed partner search engine.

About  (from Ask.com)

The Search Application may install into your Internet browser or operating system and allows you to search the Internet with Ask.com (the “APN Search Service”), and may provide other features as further described herein or during the Search Application installation process. If you already have a Search Application on y...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The setup package is about 3.63 MB (3,806,720 bytes) when donwloaded. updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

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: 3.63 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CrowdStar Gamebar

  • updater.exe (by Ask) - Updater (Ask Updater)

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".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0095300407%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00190178%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00762826%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:4 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove CrowdStar Gamebar?

Quickly and completely remove CrowdStar Gamebar 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 CrowdStar Gamebar 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 CrowdStar Gamebar, 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 CrowdStar Gamebar.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 83%
Win 7 17%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 100.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 83.33%
Windows 7 Home Basic 16.67%

Distribution by countryGeography

75.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 75.00%
  Brazil 8.33%
  Turkey 8.33%
  Malaysia 8.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 66.67%
Dell 33.33%
Common models
HP 500B Microtower 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard p6754y 16.67%
HP-Pavilion AW012AV-ABA p... 16.67%
Dell Inspiron 1464 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard p6650pt 16.67%
Dell Inspiron 620 16.67%

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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