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Should I remove Ask Toolbar for Epson?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #16,401
United States Rank #8,739
Reach 0.0158%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.34 days
187.17 days >
Average installed length: 98.34 days


VersionDistribution 0.64% 0.64% 1.29% 2.57% 1.93% 1.29% 1.61% 1.29% 0.32% 2.25% 2.25% 2.57% 1.29% 2.25% 2.57% 0.32% 0.96% 2.89% 1.29% 0.64% 4.18% 2.57% 5.47% 4.82% 8.04% 0.32% 3.54% 5.47% 2.89% 2.89% 4.82% 1.29% 0.32% 0.32% 0.32% 4.50% 1.61% 4.82% 0.96% 0.32% 1.29% 3.54% 0.64% 0.64% 1.93% 1.61%

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Ask Toolbar for Epson

What is Ask Toolbar for Epson?

From the EULA: "If you download the Ask.com Toolbar, Epson will receive analytical and other information about the fact that you have installed the Toolbar, the number of times you use the Toolbar for searches, the type of Toolbar you use, your geographic location and browser settings, and whether or not you click on advertisements provided through the Ask.com Toolbar and related search queries, for purposes of managing our commercial agreement with APN, LLC. If you use an "InkFinder" or similar Epson application through the Ask.com Toolbar, we will also receive analytical and other information about your printer and ink for customer support purposes. Epson may also use this information to market Epson products and services to you. This Privacy Policy does not cover any use of information that Ask.com itself may collect from you by virtue of your downloading and/or use of the Ask.com Toolbar or the methods used by Ask.com to collect that information.

Epson participates in online advertising networks and exchanges that display relevant advertisements to site visitors based on their interests as reflected in their browsing of the Sites and certain third party sites participating in the same networks and exchanges, including but not limited to networks and exchanges operated by Responsys, Yahoo/Bing, and Google."

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
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Displays advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Ask Toolbar for Epson.
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 for Epson 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: APN, LLC
URL: www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/AboutPrivacyInfo.jsp
Help link: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{45504E56-3634-006A-76A7-A758B70C0300}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 638.5 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Ask Toolbar for Epson

Program executable:tbnotifier.exe
Name:Ask TBNotifier
Ask Toolbar Notifier
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.exe
(From the publisher) “The Ask Toolbar Notifier is a client process which runs as part of the Ask Toolbar. The Notifier's job is to help instruct you during the toolbar installation and browser upgrades on your computer. ”
Additional files:
  • idcsrvstub.dll - IDC Server Stub
  • idcsrvstub_x64.dll

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'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.6 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0017233260%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00077767%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00094565%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Ask Toolbar for Epson?

You can uninstall Ask Toolbar for Epson 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 for Epson, 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 for Epson.
  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 for Epson you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.48%
Windows 10 42.44%
Windows Vista 5.14%
Windows XP 1.93%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.98%
Windows 8.1 23.15%
Windows 7 Professional 8.68%
Windows 8 5.79%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.47%
Windows 10 Home 3.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

92.65% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 92.65%
  Australia 2.24%
  Canada 1.63%
  United Kingdom 1.02%
  France 0.61%
  Japan 0.41%
  Peru 0.20%
  Germany 0.20%
  Israel 0.20%
  Costa Rica 0.20%
  Norway 0.20%
  New Zealand 0.20%
  Russia 0.20%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.51%
Dell 23.73%
ASUS 11.86%
Acer 9.32%
Toshiba 8.90%
Lenovo 6.78%
Samsung 3.81%
Sony 1.27%
Intel 1.27%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.44%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.96%
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook ... 2.96%
Dell OptiPlex 380 2.96%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.96%
ASUSTeK S500CA 2.22%


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