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Should I remove APN Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #29,377
United States Rank #30,017
Reach 0.0050%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 32.17 days
948.96 days >
Average installed length: 498.61 days


VersionDistribution 4.04% 3.03% 9.09% 6.06% 1.01% 11.11% 7.07% 2.02% 1.01% 13.13% 6.06% 1.01% 1.01% 8.08% 1.01% 3.03% 4.04% 10.10% 2.02%

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APN Updater

What is APN Updater?

APN (Ask Parnter Network) 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 APN 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. It may also remind you to upgrade certain features of your Windows computer such as browsers, and other optional Microsoft or ot...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in APN Updater.
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
APN 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: 1.64 MB

Program filesFiles installed by APN Updater

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...
  • (Malware detected) 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 'ApnUpdater' 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).
  • Updater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • Updater.exe connects to a23-67-250-91.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • Updater.exe connects to toolbar.iad.ask.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:9.62 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000540210%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002389%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003013%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:7,913,583
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:65 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove APN Updater?

You can uninstall APN 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program APN Updater, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 APN 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win XP 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.75%
Windows XP 12.12%
Windows Vista 7.07%
Windows 10 6.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.67%
Windows 7 Ultimate 31.63%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.24%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.12%
Windows 7 Professional 6.12%
Windows 8 Pro 2.04%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 38.46%
  Iran 25.64%
  Germany 4.27%
  Italy 4.27%
  Belgium 3.42%
  India 2.56%
  Austria 1.71%
  Australia 1.71%
  Brazil 1.71%
  United Kingdom 1.71%
  Saudi Arabia 1.71%
  DZ 0.85%
  France 0.85%
  LY 0.85%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.19%
Hewlett-Packard 22.58%
Acer 16.13%
ASUS 12.90%
Sony 6.45%
Toshiba 4.84%
Lenovo 1.61%
Medion 1.61%
American Megatrends 1.61%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.70%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.47%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.47%
ASUSTeK N53SV 2.47%
HP ProBook 4530s 2.47%
Hasee Computer Co., Ltd H... 2.47%

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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