34,541,013 programs installed

Should I remove Shockwave Game Bar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #33,221
United States Rank #26,860
Reach 0.0041%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.58 days
371.17 days >
Average installed length: 195.02 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.15.25.0 39.13%
1.15.15.0 30.43%
1.15.4.0 17.39%
1.15.1.0 8.70%
1.14.1.0 4.35%

Other programs by Ask.com

Shockwave Game Bar

What is Shockwave Game Bar?

Shockwave Game Bar, powered by ASK, is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning) during the installation of other software. The Ask Toolbar and other applications are increasingly being bundled with programs; most notably freeware. It's usually installed during the installation of a program, and it's easy to miss the step where you can uncheck the Ask Toolbar option. Ask.com has entered into partnerships with some software security vendors, whereby they are paid to distribute the toolbar alongside their software. When you use the Toolbar to submit a query, the Toolbar forwards such query information to Ask servers. Ask.com uses this information to process your web search requests and to return a search results page to you. During installation, the user might be given the option to modify the home and search pages, however this is often checked by default and overlooked.

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
Overview
  • Starts automatically
  • Connects to the Internet
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!

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: 2.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Shockwave Game Bar

Program executable:updater.exe
Name:Updater
Ask Updater
Path:C:\program\ask.com\updater\updater.exe
MD5:1ca034e7feb38fb4f3484aec092c403f
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 'Updater.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe".
Network connections
  • updater.exe connects to 165.254.35.120 (port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to 63.116.243.51 (port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-105.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.242.105 port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-107.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.242.107 port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-33.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.242.33 port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-40.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.242.40 port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-57.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.242.57 port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

updater.exe
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
Switches/sec:4
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 Shockwave Game Bar?

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Or, you can uninstall Shockwave Game Bar 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 Shockwave Game Bar, 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 Shockwave Game Bar.
  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.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win 7 4%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.22%
Windows XP 21.74%
Windows Vista 13.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.13%
Microsoft Windows XP 21.74%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.74%
Windows Vista Home Basic 8.70%
Windows 7 Professional 4.35%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

64.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 64.10%
  United Arab Emirates 2.56%
  AL 2.56%
  Australia 2.56%
  Canada 2.56%
  CW 2.56%
  United Kingdom 2.56%
  Croatia 2.56%
  Indonesia 2.56%
  India 2.56%
  Iran 2.56%
  Italy 2.56%
  MK 2.56%
  Sweden 2.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.10%
Dell 19.05%
Toshiba 9.52%
Acer 9.52%
American Megatrends 9.52%
Sony 4.76%
Packard Bell 4.76%
ASUS 4.76%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 10.53%
TOSHIBA Satellite L855 5.26%
Sony VPCS137GG 5.26%
PACKARD BELL BV IMEDIA A3... 5.26%
MSI MS-7586 5.26%
HP-Pavilion NY428AA-A2L p... 5.26%

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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