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Should I remove Gretech Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
70% remove it30% keep it
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How common is it?
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VersionDistribution 100.00%

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Gretech Toolbar

What is Gretech Toolbar?

This is an ad-supported toolbar published by Ask.com. The toolbar/extension will install into your Internet browser or operating system and allows you to search the Internet with Ask.com by modifying the browser's search and home pages. An updater component may also automatically install alongside a Search Application in order to facilitate updates to the applicable Search Application. The browser default search feature will be set to the APN Search Service, and you will access such APN Search Service. During the Search Application download process, you may be given the option to reset your Internet browsers' default homepage (or similar page – e.g., a start page, start tab, etc.) to Ask.com or some other specified webpage. The Search Application may include functionality to prevent certain accidental or surreptitious changes your homepage, new tab page and/or default search settings by third parties . Such functionality will block and notify you of such attempted changes. The defense functionality will not prevent changes made by APN, its partners or affiliates.

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
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Connects to the Internet
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: help.ask.com/ics/support/KBAnswer.asp?questionID=149
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: 2.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Gretech 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 a23-67-250-91.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.68 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0091227712%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00551148%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00361129%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,896,826
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:26 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Gretech Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Gretech 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 Gretech 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 Gretech 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 Gretech 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 Gretech Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Google Chrome

Win Vista (SP2) 50%
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 70%
Keep it 30%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 50.00%
Windows 7 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 50.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

71.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.43%
  BG 14.29%
  United Kingdom 14.29%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 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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