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Should I remove GOM Player + Ask Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
68% remove it32% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,153
United States Rank #32,800
Reach 0.0030%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 40.83 days
909.38 days >
Average installed length: 477.81 days


VersionDistribution 16.67% 7.14% 2.38% 50.00% 7.14% 14.29% 2.38%

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GOM Player + Ask Toolbar

What is GOM Player + Ask Toolbar?

GOM Player + Ask Toolbar gets installed through bundled software. The default settings will automatically install the GOM Player Toolbar as soon as you install the host bundler software on your PC. Sometimes Ask Toolbar has a habit of leaving numerious files, settings and useless registry entries behind which might cause some stability and performance issues. Unfortunately, this toolbar won’t be removed even you have uninstall the associated program that bundled it. The toolbar is typically bundled with the free GOM Player program as an option during installation and does not necessarily get uninstalled when GOM Player is removed from the user's PC and must be removed manually. Additionally, if the home page and search settings were modified by this toolbar, they need to be manually reverted back by the user.

About  (from Ask.com)

Ask Toolbar lets you perform a search from wherever you are on the Web. It's free to download and fits right in your browser. No matter what site you're visiting, simply go to the Ask Toolbar already in your browser, and type in your search. Additional features include map information, the latest headlines, financial s...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in GOM Player + Ask Toolbar.
updater.exe (31b522014fc560c122cdfa72d47ca940) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.AskToolbar.81
ESET-NOD32 8.10201 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.G
GOM Player + Ask 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 GOM Player + Ask 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\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{86D4B82A-ABED-442A-BE86-96357B70F4FE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by GOM Player + Ask Toolbar

Program executable:updater.exe
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\updater.exe
The Ask Toolbar is a free browser add-on that allows you to search the Web using the Ask.com search engine directly from the Internet Explorer browser. The Ask Toolbar is integrated with the 3rd party software downloads. During the...

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • updater.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Updater.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • updater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe'.
Network connections
  • updater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-105.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-107.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-33.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-40.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-57.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to toolbar.iad.ask.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.63 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.1111757247%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.05682382%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.05435190%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,851,160
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:167 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:62 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove GOM Player + Ask Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove GOM Player + Ask 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 GOM Player + Ask 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 GOM Player + Ask 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 GOM Player + Ask 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 GOM Player + Ask Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 43%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 68%
Keep it 32%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.52%
Windows Vista 19.05%
Windows XP 16.67%
Windows 8 4.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.43%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.05%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.67%
Windows 7 Professional 14.29%
Windows Vista Ultimate 9.52%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.14%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.10%
  Croatia 13.73%
  RS 11.76%
  United Kingdom 5.88%
  Romania 3.92%
  Malaysia 3.92%
  MK 3.92%
  AM 1.96%
  Thailand 1.96%
  Australia 1.96%
  Sweden 1.96%
  Canada 1.96%
  Vietnam 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.53%
Acer 20.59%
Dell 14.71%
ASUS 8.82%
Toshiba 8.82%
American Megatrends 8.82%
Intel 2.94%
Gateway 2.94%
Sahara 2.94%
Common models
Micro-Star MS-7529 3.13%
Acer Aspire 4736Z 3.13%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505 3.13%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 3.13%

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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