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Should I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
76% remove it24% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,107
United States Rank #7,208
Reach 0.3066%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.33 days
658.64 days >
Average installed length: 346.07 days


VersionDistribution 0.13% 0.36% 0.20% 0.18% 0.26% 0.05% 0.03% 0.07% 0.07% 0.05% 0.35% 0.15% 0.31% 0.26% 0.25% 0.41% 0.02% 0.12% 0.03% 0.13% 0.15% 0.31% 0.25% 0.46% 0.18% 1.04% 1.42% 0.98% 0.02% 1.70% 2.61% 1.34% 1.03% 0.79% 1.75% 0.76% 1.27% 1.01% 0.05% 0.08% 0.50% 0.36% 1.01% 0.71% 1.79% 0.25% 0.41% 0.22% 0.63% 0.76% 0.23%
78 versions

Avira SearchFree Toolbar

What is Avira SearchFree Toolbar?

The Avira SearchFree Toolbar is a web browser toolbar and extension that modifies the browsers search and home pages as well as delivers contextual based advertising. This toolbar currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. In order to provide search advertising revenue, the software is designed not only to modify the search provider but to protect it so that it remains the default browser search engine. It is typically installed via a co-bundled offer within a third-party software distribution.

What toolbar EULA says it can do:

- Change of the default search engine, including your Browser's built-in search box, and address bar;

- Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”;

- Change of the default Home Page and/or New Tabs, and protect your search settings;

- Allowing Conduit access to location-based information

- Allowing Conduit access to information contained on your social network account

About  (from Avira GmbH)

The Avira SearchFree Toolbar upgrades your free virus scanner to WebGuard protected browsing and search. Do you ever click on questionable-looking links? Install the toolbar and there’s no mystery. WebGuard helps you steer clear of harm on the internet! No matter where the web takes you, the toolbar puts the answers at...  Read more
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: APN, LLC
URL: www.avira.com/en/avira-searchfree-toolbar
Help link: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{41564952-412D-5637-00A7-A758B70C0501}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{41564952-412D-5637-00A7-A758B70C0400}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 748 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Avira SearchFree Toolbar

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • tbnotifier.exe (by APN) - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)
  • apnnativemsghost.exe (by APN) - APN Native Messaging Host
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaaacalgebmfelllfiaoknifldpngjh.json
  • idcldr.exe - IDC (IDC Loader)
  • idcsrv.dll - IdcSrv (IDC Server)
  • idcsrvstub.dll - IDC Server Stub
  • tbnhlpr.exe - APN Toolbar Notifier Helper
  • tbnhlpr_x64.exe
  • vntldr.exe - Virtual New Tab (Virtual New Tab Loader)
  • vntsrv.dll - Virtual New Tab Server
  • idcldr_x64.exe
  • idcsrv_x64.dll
  • 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 1.
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'.

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
Memory:1.29 MB
Total CPU:0.0009148031%
Kernel CPU:0.00002577%
User CPU:0.00088903%
CPU cycles/sec:67,009
I/O reads/min:19.23 KB

How do I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar?

You can uninstall Avira SearchFree 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 Avira SearchFree 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 Avira SearchFree 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 Avira SearchFree Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 76%
Keep it 24%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.07%
Windows 10 25.38%
Windows XP 9.51%
Windows Vista 5.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.66%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.27%
Windows 8.1 9.67%
Windows 7 Professional 9.61%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.44%
Windows 8 4.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.83% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 30.83%
  United States 10.68%
  Italy 9.21%
  France 4.35%
  Brazil 3.54%
  Egypt 3.17%
  Taiwan 2.93%
  Austria 2.25%
  MA 2.01%
  Saudi Arabia 1.79%
  United Kingdom 1.37%
  DZ 1.35%
  Netherlands 1.30%
  India 1.27%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.29%
Hewlett-Packard 19.00%
Dell 15.15%
ASUS 12.41%
Medion 6.69%
Samsung 5.97%
Toshiba 4.32%
Lenovo 3.51%
American Megatrends 1.56%
Sahara 1.45%
Intel 1.14%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.90%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.11%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.26%
ASUS All Series 3.18%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.03%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 2.48%

About Avira GmbH

Avira Operations GmbH is a German antivirus software company.
Publisher URL: www.avira.com


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