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Should I remove Ask Toolbar Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,395
United States Rank #1,232
Reach 0.4905%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.97 days
441.70 days >
Average installed length: 232.08 days


VersionDistribution 0.46% 2.01% 0.77% 3.74% 0.87% 0.87% 1.72% 2.54% 0.19% 0.01% 0.01% 0.88% 0.03% 0.85% 20.23% 12.04% 2.49% 0.99% 0.01% 0.06% 1.53% 12.60% 0.44% 6.48% 10.55% 0.59% 0.04% 0.51% 15.84% 0.46% 0.01% 0.01%

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Ask Toolbar Updater

What is Ask Toolbar Updater?

The Ask Toolbar Updater is designed to periodically (once a day) check for an install updates to the toolbar without the interaction of the user. The Ask Toolbar and other applications are increasingly being bundled with programs; most notably freeware. It's usually installed during the installation of a program, and it's easy to miss the step where you can un-check the Ask Toolbar option.

About  (from Ask.com)

The ASK 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.

Ask Toolbar lets you perform a search from wherever you are on the Web. It's free to download and fits right in your brow...  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. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 1.53 MB (1,601,221 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
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • 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 Ask Toolbar Updater.
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
Ask Toolbar 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: help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/Article/1/How-do-I-remove-the-Ask-com-Toolbar
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Uninstaller: Updater\Updater.exe -uninstall
Estimated size: 1.53 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Ask Toolbar Updater

Program executable:Updater.exe
Ask Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater\Updater.exe
Ask Updater runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
  • 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".
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).
  • Updater.exe connects to toolbar.iad.ask.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.17 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0011521772%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00042008%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00073210%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Ask Toolbar Updater?

You can uninstall Ask Toolbar 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 Ask Toolbar 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 Ask Toolbar 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Ask Toolbar Updater you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 66%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 75%
Keep it 25%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.02%
Windows Vista 10.07%
Windows 10 8.79%
Windows XP 8.09%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.38%
Windows 7 Professional 9.18%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.06%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.97%
Windows 8 2.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

54.53% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 54.53%
  Germany 6.13%
  Iran 4.74%
  United Kingdom 4.03%
  Canada 2.43%
  Brazil 1.89%
  Australia 1.72%
  Italy 1.46%
  Israel 1.33%
  France 1.33%
  Netherlands 1.16%
  Belgium 1.13%
  India 0.99%
  Hungary 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.92%
Dell 25.10%
Acer 16.31%
Toshiba 6.99%
ASUS 6.22%
Samsung 2.91%
Lenovo 1.82%
Intel 1.31%
American Megatrends 1.11%
Medion 0.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.34%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.07%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.95%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.04%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.47%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.06%

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

comments3 comments

user comment
user comment
Showmeover a year ago
Cannot uninstall this program. Tried all ways to do it. Suggestions?
expert comment
Stan R. (Expert)over a year ago
Installed usually without user knowledge by installing it by default with free software, most notably, Java updates. It can spy on your browsing and retrieve personal information, which is why it is considered spyware. You get infected when downloading and installing programs (including free). when you are prompted to install a toolbar from software partner.
expert comment
karenRW (Expert)over a year ago
It's worthless adware that piggybacks on other freeware program installers and eats screen real estate in the browser window. It has no features that anybody wants. Nobody ever installed it voluntarily; that's why they have to sneak it in on you.