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Should I remove AVG SafeGuard by Ask?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
67% remove it33% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #19,134
United States Rank #44,250
Reach 0.0119%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.05 days
119.34 days >
Average installed length: 62.70 days


VersionDistribution 0.43% 0.43% 2.99% 1.28% 2.99% 0.43% 0.43% 1.71% 0.85% 0.43% 0.85% 1.71% 0.43% 0.85% 0.43% 0.43% 0.43% 0.43% 0.43% 0.85% 1.28% 0.85% 0.85% 0.43% 0.43% 2.99% 3.85% 2.56% 0.43% 4.27% 0.85% 0.43% 0.85% 1.71% 1.71% 1.71% 2.56% 0.43% 0.43% 1.71% 1.28% 0.43% 1.28% 2.14% 0.43% 6.41% 0.43% 1.28% 0.43% 5.56% 14.53%
57 versions

AVG SafeGuard by Ask


AVG SafeGuard by Ask is a program developed by APN. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The main program executable is ToolbarIcon.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 544 KB (557,056 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 21% of users of AVG SafeGuard by Ask come from Australia, it is also popular in United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in AVG SafeGuard by Ask.
tbnotifier.exe (f332813cc013d6af5c5a0c32a3aed725) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Asktoolbar.45
ESET-NOD32 9.12098 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.M potentially unsafe
K7 AntiVirus 13.2016900 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.2016900 Unwanted-Program ( 004c42951 )

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\idc
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{41564753-502D-5347-00A7-A758B70C1801}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 544 KB

Program filesFiles installed by AVG SafeGuard by Ask

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • tbnotifier.exe - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)
  • apnnativemsghost.exe - APN Native Messaging Host
  • tbnhlpr_x64.exe - APN Toolbar Notifier Helper
  • aaaadbkccgigjdmfmdhgikcckicldhjb.crx
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaadbkccgigjdmfmdhgikcckicldhjb.json
  • tbnhlpr.exe
  • aaaadbhonifkcheeddllhmpapnhcpgia.crx
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaadbhonifkcheeddllhmpapnhcpgia.json
  • aaaacnnimempmlomnnhdkimkfahjplfp.crx
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaacnnimempmlomnnhdkimkfahjplfp.json

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • tbnotifier.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ApnTBMon' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • tbnotifier.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe'.

How do I remove AVG SafeGuard by Ask?

You can uninstall AVG SafeGuard by Ask 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 AVG SafeGuard by Ask, 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 AVG SafeGuard by Ask.
  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 AVG SafeGuard by Ask you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 10 60%
Win Vista (SP2) 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 67%
Keep it 33%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 60.26%
Windows 7 33.76%
Windows XP 4.27%
Windows Vista 1.71%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 23.71%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.79%
Windows 8.1 12.07%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.64%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 5.60%
Windows 10 Pro 5.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

20.68% of installs come from Australia
Which countries install it?
  Australia 20.68%
  United Kingdom 9.70%
  United States 8.44%
  Russia 8.02%
  India 7.59%
  New Zealand 4.64%
  Germany 4.64%
  UA 4.64%
  Turkey 3.80%
  Poland 3.80%
  Italy 3.80%
  Brazil 3.38%
  Argentina 2.53%
  Netherlands 2.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 28.95%
Hewlett-Packard 17.76%
ASUS 14.47%
Lenovo 11.18%
Dell 9.21%
Toshiba 8.55%
Alienware 1.32%
Intel 1.32%
American Megatrends 1.32%
Samsung 1.32%
Sahara 1.32%
Common models
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.17%
Acer Aspire ES1-512 3.17%
ASUS All Series 2.38%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.38%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.38%
Acer Aspire E5-571 2.38%


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