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Should I remove VDownloader Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #31,547
United States Rank #42,749
Reach 0.0047%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 31.59 days
932.02 days >
Average installed length: 489.70 days


VersionDistribution 10.61% 1.52% 18.18% 1.52% 39.39% 24.24% 4.55%

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VDownloader Toolbar

What is VDownloader Toolbar?

VDownloader Toolbar is an Ask.com powered toolbar. The Ask Toolbar 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. 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.

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
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in VDownloader Toolbar.
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
VDownloader Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove VDownloader Toolbar.

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\
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 VDownloader Toolbar

Program executable:updater.exe
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\updater.exe
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 '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'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0095300407%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00190178%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00762826%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:4 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove VDownloader Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove VDownloader 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 VDownloader 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 VDownloader 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 VDownloader 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 VDownloader Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 8 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.15%
Windows XP 21.21%
Windows Vista 12.12%
Windows 8 1.52%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 21.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.21%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.58%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.55%
Windows 7 Professional 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

28.40% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 28.40%
  Brazil 9.88%
  Germany 9.88%
  France 7.41%
  United Kingdom 3.70%
  Portugal 3.70%
  Taiwan 3.70%
  Czech Republic 3.70%
  Poland 3.70%
  Iran 2.47%
  Italy 1.23%
  Saudi Arabia 1.23%
  Costa Rica 1.23%
  Canada 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Acer 28.21%
Dell 12.82%
Toshiba 5.13%
ASUS 5.13%
Lenovo 5.13%
American Megatrends 2.56%
Medion 2.56%
Samsung 2.56%
Intel 2.56%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 3.85%
ASUSTeK 1001HA 1.92%
Acer Aspire E360 1.92%
Samsung RV410/RV510/S3510... 1.92%
MSI MS-7642 1.92%
MEDIONPC MS-7713 1.92%

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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