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Should I remove Ask Media Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
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How common is it?
United States Rank #48,495
Reach 0.0012%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.24 days
184.20 days >
Average installed length: 96.78 days


VersionDistribution 4.35% 8.70% 8.70% 8.70% 4.35% 8.70% 39.13% 4.35% 8.70% 4.35%

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Ask Media Toolbar

What is Ask Media Toolbar?

This is an ad-supported toolbar published by Ask.com. The toolbar/extension will install into your Internet browser or operating system and allows you to search the Internet with Ask.com by modifying the browser's search and home pages. An updater component may also automatically install alongside a Search Application in order to facilitate updates to the applicable Search Application. The browser default search feature will be set to the APN Search Service, and you will access such APN Search Service. During the Search Application download process, you may be given the option to reset your Internet browsers' default homepage (or similar page – e.g., a start page, start tab, etc.) to Ask.com or some other specified webpage. The Search Application may include functionality to prevent certain accidental or surreptitious changes your homepage, new tab page and/or default search settings by third parties . Such functionality will block and notify you of such attempted changes. The defense functionality will not prevent changes made by APN, its partners or affiliates.

About  (from APN)

Your installation of a Search Application may be facilitated by APN’s or an APN partner’s installer technology which: (i) downloads the files necessary to install the software; and (ii) scans your computer for specific files and registry settings to ensure compatibility with your operating system and other software ins...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Ask Media Toolbar.
tbnotifier.exe (98a4358eb0bf7de055dbf5cf8f80d1b2) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 N PUP/Win32.IECore
ESET-NOD32 8.9601 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.F

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: APN, LLC
URL: help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/ArticleFolder/11/Ask-com-Browser-Toolbar
Help link: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\vnt
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4152532D-4D45-4400-76A7-A758B70C0A02}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 496 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Ask Media Toolbar

Program executable:tbnotifier.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Ask TBNotifier
Ask Toolbar Notifier
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.exe
Additional files:
  • vntldr.exe - Virtual New Tab (Virtual New Tab Loader)
  • vntsrv.dll - Virtual New Tab Server

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ApnTBMon.
Startup File (User Run)
  • vntldr.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'VNT' and executes as "C:\Program Files\VNT\vntldr.exe".
2 Startup Files (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".
  • vntldr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VNT' which loads as "C:\Program Files\VNT\vntldr.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 Ask Media Toolbar?

You can uninstall Ask Media 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Ask Media Toolbar, 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 Ask Media 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 Ask Media Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP 4%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.57%
Windows 10 26.09%
Windows XP 4.35%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.13%
Windows 7 Professional 17.39%
Windows 8.1 17.39%
Windows 8 4.35%
Windows 7 Home Basic 4.35%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.14%
  Malaysia 7.14%
  Brazil 3.57%
  United Kingdom 3.57%
  India 3.57%
  Qatar 3.57%
  South Africa 3.57%
  Australia 3.57%
  DK 3.57%
  DZ 3.57%
  Netherlands 3.57%
  Canada 3.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.27%
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
ASUS 18.18%
Samsung 4.55%
Intel 4.55%
Lenovo 4.55%
Sony 4.55%
Toshiba 4.55%
Acer 4.55%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 5520 10.00%
Sony SVE14112FXW 5.00%
LENOVO 11432WG 5.00%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 5.00%
Samsung 870Z5E/880Z5E/680... 5.00%


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