77,019,263 programs installed

Should I remove SoThink Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Reach 0.0005%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 184.18 days
620.58 days >
Average installed length: 326.06 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.15.15.0 42.86%
1.15.2.0 42.86%
1.14.1.0 14.29%

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SoThink Toolbar

What is SoThink Toolbar?

SoThink Toolbar is a web browser extension and Browser helper Object (for Internet Explorer) that delivers contextual based advertising to the web browser. In addition it will modify the user's browser home and search pages as well as 'New Tab' pages to display advertising and search. The software is typically defined as a unwanted application by various malware vendors.

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

The most common release is 1.15.15.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The primary executable is named updater.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 1 files and is usually about 2.22 MB (2,330,624 bytes). The installed file updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Connects to the Internet
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in SoThink Toolbar.
updater.exe (31b522014fc560c122cdfa72d47ca940) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International 4.0.3.1486 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: 2.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SoThink Toolbar

Program executable:updater.exe
Name:Updater
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\updater.exe
MD5:6ea1bf3f6e6b0613351411a3eb6b85a2
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 a23-67-250-91.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.250.91 port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

updater.exe
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
Switches/sec:3
70 average
I/O reads/min:26 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove SoThink Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove SoThink 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 SoThink 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 SoThink 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 SoThink 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 SoThink Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win XP 29%
Win 8 14%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 75%
Keep it 25%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 28.57%
Windows 7 28.57%
Windows Vista 28.57%
Windows 8 14.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.57%
Microsoft Windows XP 28.57%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.29%
Windows 8 Pro with Media ... 14.29%
Windows Vista Home Basic 14.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.64%
  Greece 9.09%
  Spain 9.09%
  Germany 9.09%
  Italy 9.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.00%
Dell 20.00%
Intel 20.00%
ASUS 20.00%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard h8-1360eg 16.67%
HP-Pavilion NH836AV-ABA m... 16.67%
INTELR AWRDACPI 16.67%
ASUSTeK X71SL 16.67%
FOXCONN M61PMV 16.67%
Dell XPS 8300 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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