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Should I remove Softonic Toolbar Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
United States Rank #38,178
Reach 0.0009%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 370.91 days
1270.94 days >
Average installed length: 667.78 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.2.1.23037 7.69%
1.2.0.19709 92.31%

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Softonic Toolbar Updater

What is Softonic Toolbar Updater?

Softonic Toolbar Updater is a software utility that installs with the Ask.com internet browser toolbar and keeps it automatically updated.

About  (from Ask.com)

The ASK Updater is a client application that came with your Ask Toolbar. The Updater's job is to keep your Toolbar up to date to provide you with new features and to increase compatibility. The ASK Updater may also remind you to upgrade certain features of your Windows computer such as browsers, and other optional Micr...  Read more

Overview

Softonic Toolbar Updater is a program developed by Ask.com. The most used version is 1.2.0.19709, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is Updater.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 1 files and is usually about 1.37 MB (1,432,048 bytes). Updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 80% of users of Softonic Toolbar Updater come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Spain.
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe -uninstall
Estimated size: 1.37 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Softonic Toolbar Updater

Program executable:Updater.exe
Name:Updater
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\Updater.exe
MD5:1d3b430df78a7a6cd846724069727bf5
  • Updater.exe (by Ask) - Updater (Ask Updater)

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 a23-67-250-91.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com (23.67.250.91 port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Updater.exe
Memory:3.99 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015588601%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00071959%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00083927%
0.015104% average
Switches/sec:88
70 average

How do I remove Softonic Toolbar Updater?

Quickly and completely remove Softonic Toolbar Updater 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 Softonic Toolbar Updater 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 Softonic Toolbar Updater, 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 Softonic Toolbar Updater.
  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 Softonic Toolbar Updater you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win XP 8%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.23%
Windows Vista 23.08%
Windows XP 7.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 53.85%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 23.08%
Windows 7 Professional 7.69%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

80.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 80.00%
  Germany 10.00%
  Spain 5.00%
  United Kingdom 5.00%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 38.46%
Acer 30.77%
ASUS 15.38%
Lenovo 7.69%
Intel 7.69%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 1545 16.67%
Packard Bell EasyNote TJ6... 8.33%
LENOVO 8890W57 8.33%
Dell XPS L701X 8.33%
Dell Inspiron 1525 8.33%
Dell Dell System Inspir... 8.33%

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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