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Should I remove aTube Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #30,065
Reach 0.0052%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.41 days
602.18 days >
Average installed length: 316.40 days


VersionDistribution 12.33% 23.29% 28.77% 19.18% 2.74% 2.74% 8.22% 2.74%

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aTube Toolbar

What is aTube Toolbar?

aTube Toolbar is a web browser extension and Browser helper Object (for Internet Explorer) that delivers contextual based advertising to the web browser. In addition it will modify the user's browser home and search pages as well as 'New Tab' pages to push advertising and search. The software is typically defined as a unwanted application by various malware vendors.

About  (from Ask.com)

Ask Toolbar was specifically designed to provide a great user experience free of spyware, adware, data collection or other similar activities. The Ask Toolbar is a free browser add-on that allows you to search the Web using the Ask.com search engine directly from Internet Explorer , Google Chrome , or Firefox browsers....  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named updater.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 1 files and is usually about 2.22 MB (2,330,624 bytes). The installed file updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Connects to the Internet
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in aTube Toolbar.
updater.exe (b33be1ccbc5c9fe20c639c734454b211) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL Trojan[Downloader]/Win32.Agent
Baidu-International 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

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: 2.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by aTube 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 '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 (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).
  • updater.exe connects to a23-67-250-91.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 aTube Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove aTube 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 aTube Toolbar from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall aTube 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 aTube 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 aTube 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 aTube Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.23%
Windows XP 17.81%
Windows Vista 8.22%
Windows 8 2.74%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.66%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 17.81%
Windows 7 Starter 12.33%
Windows 7 Professional 6.85%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.85%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.63% of installs come from Brazil
Which countries install it?
  Brazil 29.63%
  United States 16.05%
  Italy 14.81%
  Czech Republic 7.41%
  Portugal 3.70%
  France 3.70%
  Ecuador 3.70%
  Peru 3.70%
  Chile 2.47%
  Spain 2.47%
  Colombia 2.47%
  Belgium 1.23%
  Canada 1.23%
  Mexico 1.23%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.83%
Acer 20.83%
Dell 10.42%
American Megatrends 8.33%
ASUS 8.33%
Toshiba 8.33%
Samsung 6.25%
Sahara 4.17%
Sony 2.08%
Intel 2.08%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.13%
HP G62 Notebook PC 3.13%
Positivo Informatica S/A ... 3.13%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 1.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite A500 1.56%
Sony VPCSC41FM 1.56%

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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