77,019,263 programs installed

Should I remove Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #32,333
Reach 0.0044%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 28.45 days
839.18 days >
Average installed length: 440.93 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.2.6.44892 1.61%
1.2.5.42081 3.23%
1.2.4.35882 17.74%
1.2.3.33066 9.68%
1.2.3.30496 8.06%
1.2.2.23821 32.26%
1.2.1.23037 3.23%
1.2.1.22229 6.45%
1.2.0.20007 16.13%
1.2.0.19709 1.61%

Other programs by Ask.com

Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater

What is Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater?

Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater is a software utility that installs with the Ask.com internet browser toolbar and keeps it automatically updated. The toolbar gets installed through bundled software. The default settings will automatically install toolbar as soon as you install the host bundler software on your PC. Sometimes the toolbar has a habit of leaving numerious files, settings and useless registry entries behind which might cause some stability and performance issues. Unfortunately, the toolbar won’t be removed even you have uninstall the associated program that bundled it. The toolbar is typically bundled with the free PDF Creator program as an option during installation and does not necessarily get uninstalled when PDF Creator is removed from the user's PC and must be removed manually. Additionally, if the home page and search settings were modified by this toolbar, they need to be manually reverted back by the user.

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
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater.
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
Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

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: 1.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater

Program executable:Updater.exe
Name:Updater
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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:3.63 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 Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater?

Quickly and completely remove Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater 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 Updater from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Sopcast Ask 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 Sopcast Ask 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 Sopcast Ask 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 Sopcast Ask Toolbar Updater you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Scan your PC for malware
If you do not have a good anti-virus program, please consider installing one. Below are some we highly recommend.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.42%
Windows XP 9.68%
Windows 8 6.45%
Windows Vista 6.45%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.71%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.81%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.68%
Windows 7 Professional 6.45%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.45%
Windows 7 Enterprise 3.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

18.75% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 18.75%
  Romania 14.06%
  United States 6.25%
  Israel 6.25%
  Poland 6.25%
  Spain 4.69%
  Croatia 4.69%
  Hong Kong 3.13%
  United Kingdom 3.13%
  Sweden 3.13%
  MA 3.13%
  Thailand 3.13%
  Iran 3.13%
  MK 3.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.45%
Dell 18.37%
Hewlett-Packard 18.37%
GIGABYTE 8.16%
Lenovo 6.12%
Toshiba 6.12%
Medion 4.08%
Samsung 4.08%
American Megatrends 4.08%
ASUS 4.08%
Alienware 2.04%
Sony 2.04%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A300 1.89%
Sony SVE1512E6EW 1.89%
IBM 8114D1G 1.89%
HP Compaq 6730s 1.89%
Gigabyte P31-S3G 1.89%
Dell MM061 1.89%

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

commentsComments

user comment
No one has commented yet. Help others learn more about this software, share your comments.