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Should I remove Sopcast Ask Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #32,855
Reach 0.0043%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.97 days
648.10 days >
Average installed length: 340.53 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.15.29.0 11.67%
1.15.25.0 35.00%
1.15.23.0 1.67%
1.15.15.0 38.33%
1.15.4.0 6.67%
1.15.1.0 3.33%
1.14.1.0 3.33%

Other programs by Ask.com

Sopcast Ask Toolbar

What is Sopcast Ask Toolbar?

Sopcast Ask Toolbar, 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
  • 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 Sopcast Ask Toolbar.
updater.exe (b33be1ccbc5c9fe20c639c734454b211) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 Trojan[Downloader]/Win32.Agent
Baidu-International 4.0.3.141121 PUA.Win32.AskToolbar.45
ESET-NOD32 8.10564 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.G
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.325 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0924

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: 3.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sopcast Ask Toolbar

Program executable:updater.exe
Name:Updater
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\updater.exe
MD5:a1b303e029ee731119b1d985677ffad2
The Ask Toolbar is a free browser add-on that allows you to search the Web using the Ask.com search engine directly from the Internet Explorer browser. The Ask Toolbar is integrated with the 3rd party software downloads. During the...

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".
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 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:3.99 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 Sopcast Ask Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Sopcast Ask Toolbar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Download "Should I Remove It?", it's FREE!Remove Sopcast Ask Toolbar from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Sopcast Ask 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 Sopcast Ask 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 Sopcast Ask 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 Sopcast Ask Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 8 2%
 
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 7 76.67%
Windows XP 16.67%
Windows Vista 5.00%
Windows 8 1.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.98%
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.95%
Windows 7 Professional 5.08%
Windows 7 Starter 3.39%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

13.85% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 13.85%
  Russia 6.15%
  Germany 6.15%
  United Kingdom 6.15%
  MA 4.62%
  Finland 4.62%
  Sweden 4.62%
  Romania 4.62%
  MK 3.08%
  Vietnam 3.08%
  Taiwan 3.08%
  Australia 3.08%
  Spain 3.08%
  Netherlands 3.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.53%
Dell 17.65%
Acer 17.65%
Toshiba 11.76%
ASUS 9.80%
Samsung 5.88%
GIGABYTE 3.92%
American Megatrends 3.92%
Lenovo 1.96%
Intel 1.96%
Alienware 1.96%
Common models
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook ... 4.17%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.17%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE C660 4.17%
HP 430 Notebook PC 2.08%
Dell Studio XPS 1340 2.08%
Dell Inspiron N4010 2.08%

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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