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Should I remove Shockwave Game Bar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,432
United States Rank #28,347
Reach 0.0029%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.96 days
647.73 days >
Average installed length: 340.33 days


VersionDistribution 34.29% 42.86% 14.29% 5.71% 2.86%

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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
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Connects to the Internet
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Shockwave Game Bar.
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

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
Ask Updater
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 (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).

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 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.
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Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 7 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.71%
Windows XP 20.00%
Windows Vista 14.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.71%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.29%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.57%
Windows 7 Professional 5.71%
Windows Vista Home Basic 5.71%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.70%
  Australia 4.35%
  MK 2.17%
  Singapore 2.17%
  CW 2.17%
  Sweden 2.17%
  India 2.17%
  AL 2.17%
  Indonesia 2.17%
  BD 2.17%
  Romania 2.17%
  Iran 2.17%
  Croatia 2.17%
  Canada 2.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 43.75%
Toshiba 15.63%
Dell 9.38%
Acer 9.38%
American Megatrends 6.25%
Sony 6.25%
ASUS 3.13%
Gateway 3.13%
Packard Bell 3.13%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.67%
TOSHIBA Satellite L855 3.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 3.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite A205 3.33%
Sony VPCS137GG 3.33%

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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