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Should I remove WebMinds Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
United States Rank #45,506
Reach 0.0007%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 265.52 days
911.60 days >
Average installed length: 478.98 days


VersionDistribution 10.00% 20.00% 10.00% 40.00% 20.00%

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WebMinds Toolbar

What is WebMinds Toolbar?

WebMinds 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. Should the software be removed from the user's computer, the settings will need to be manually reverted back.

About  (from Ask.com)

This browser toolbar is customizable and will help you search the Internet with Ask and may provide other search features. If you consent to make Ask your default search,your Internet browser default search feature will be set to Ask and you will access Ask web search services by entering queries in your browser chrome...  Read more
  • 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 WebMinds 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

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: 3.63 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WebMinds 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".
Network connections
  • updater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-105.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-107.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-33.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-40.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-242-57.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

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
70 average

How do I remove WebMinds Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove WebMinds 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 WebMinds 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 WebMinds 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 WebMinds 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 WebMinds Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 10%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows XP 20.00%
Windows Vista 20.00%
Windows 8 10.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.00%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 20.00%
Windows 7 Professional 10.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

83.33% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.33%
  Canada 8.33%
  Slovenia 4.17%
  Lebanon 4.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 70.00%
Dell 30.00%
Common models
HP-Pavilion NP187AA-ABA s... 10.00%
HP Compaq dx7400 Microtow... 10.00%
HP Elite 7500 Series MT 10.00%
Hewlett-Packard p6754y 10.00%
Hewlett-Packard p6720f 10.00%
HP G60 Notebook PC 10.00%

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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