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Should I remove Ask Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,230
United States Rank #6,910
Reach 0.0585%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 31.71 days
771.81 days >
Average installed length: 405.53 days


VersionDistribution 0.52% 0.17% 0.09% 1.65% 0.35% 3.90% 1.13% 0.43% 1.65% 0.26% 0.09% 3.99% 1.04% 3.56% 0.17% 0.17% 0.52% 0.17% 1.56% 0.17% 0.95% 8.67% 0.09% 1.82% 0.87% 2.60% 0.35% 0.52% 0.17% 0.52% 0.17% 0.35% 0.09% 0.17% 1.39% 0.09% 1.56% 0.09% 0.09% 0.35% 2.17% 0.35% 0.26% 2.08% 2.43% 0.43% 0.35% 2.52% 0.61% 0.09% 0.09%
144 versions

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Ask Toolbar

What is Ask Toolbar?

The Ask Toolbar 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. 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.

About  (from Ask.com)

Ask Toolbar lets you perform a search from wherever you are on the Web. It's free to download and fits right in your browser. No matter what site you're visiting, simply go to the Ask Toolbar already in your browser, and type in your search. Additional features include map information, the latest headlines, financial s...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 51% 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. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). 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 main program executable is ToolbarIcon.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 2 files and is usually about 4.35 MB (4,556,800 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Ask Toolbar.
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 )
Ask Toolbar 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

Displayed publisher: Ask Partner Network
URL: apn.ask.com
Help link: sp.ask.com/sunhp/sunlanding.html
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{434C4D2D-5636-006A-76A7-A758B70B0A00}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{4F524A2D-5637-006A-76A7-A758B70C0001}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 4.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ask Toolbar

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
  • tbnotifier.exe (by APN) - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • tbnotifier.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2A74CAE7-C98C-44C6-9E9E-155D069D857D}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ApnTBMon.
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'.
Network connections
  • tbnotifier.exe connects to (port 80).
  • tbnotifier.exe connects to a23-67-253-43.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • tbnotifier.exe connects to (port 80).
  • tbnotifier.exe connects to a23-67-62-64.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.71 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.1150297075%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.06089299%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.05413672%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Ask Toolbar?

You can uninstall Ask 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 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 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 Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.32%
Windows 10 10.57%
Windows XP 9.79%
Windows Vista 8.32%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.76%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.05%
Windows 7 Professional 10.13%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.61%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.38%
Windows 8 4.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.92%
  Brazil 7.29%
  Germany 4.60%
  India 2.55%
  Italy 2.55%
  United Kingdom 2.48%
  Canada 1.68%
  Australia 1.53%
  France 1.46%
  Mexico 1.39%
  Indonesia 1.31%
  Turkey 1.24%
  Iran 1.17%
  Saudi Arabia 1.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.89%
Dell 24.35%
Acer 16.92%
ASUS 6.88%
Toshiba 5.78%
Intel 3.03%
American Megatrends 2.89%
Lenovo 2.75%
Samsung 2.75%
Gateway 0.83%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.33%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.00%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.33%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.33%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 2.67%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 2.00%

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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