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Should I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
68% remove it32% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,834
United States Rank #19,117
Reach 0.0522%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.29 days
362.60 days >
Average installed length: 190.52 days


VersionDistribution 94.16% 5.45% 0.19% 0.19%

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Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection

What is Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection?

Avira SearchFree Toolbar is an Ask.com Partner Network Toolbar which is an is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner and in-text link advertisements) web browser plugin distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page and search settings.

What the toolbar does:
- Changes the default search engine in your web browser's built-in search box.
- Changes the default home page of your web browser.
- Adds alternative "page not found" functionality.
- Enable search from the address bar of your web browser.

From the EULA:
"When installing the Plugin, it attempts to detect other software that may interfere with its functioning, usually similar types of software. By installing the Plugin, you consent to the Plugin in disabling other conflicting software and we understand you have chosen to use our software to customize your social media pages over other available software packages. You also agree that the Plugin requires modern computer hardware and software and a minimum amount of resources; using this Plugin with insufficient resources may affect the performance of your computer."

About  (from APN)

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‚Äôs 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
  • 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
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection.
tbnotifier.exe (33be35574e1081a91eacd2b98e0a472a) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.08.06 PUP/Win32.IECore
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.AskToolbar.bF
ESET-NOD32 8.10211 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.F
Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Windows\Installer\{41564952-412D-5637-00A7-A758B70C0202}
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{41564952-412D-5637-00A7-A758B70C0201}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 741.5 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
  • tbnotifier.exe - 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'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.53 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0040020302%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00265204%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00134999%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:39 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:7 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection?

You can uninstall Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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 plus Web Protection, 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 plus Web Protection.
  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 plus Web Protection you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 68%
Keep it 32%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.06%
Windows 10 16.15%
Windows XP 15.08%
Windows Vista 6.71%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 28.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.04%
Windows 7 Professional 10.55%
Windows 8 7.81%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

38.84% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 38.84%
  United States 11.67%
  Taiwan 5.17%
  Italy 4.65%
  Brazil 2.79%
  MK 2.58%
  Austria 2.27%
  Egypt 2.27%
  Saudi Arabia 1.45%
  France 1.34%
  Indonesia 1.24%
  United Kingdom 1.24%
  Philippines 1.14%
  Croatia 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 22.28%
Dell 17.54%
Hewlett-Packard 17.37%
ASUS 11.40%
Samsung 5.09%
Medion 4.39%
Toshiba 3.86%
American Megatrends 3.51%
Lenovo 2.63%
Sahara 2.46%
Intel 1.23%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.64%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 3.24%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.43%
ASUSTeK K53SV 2.43%
Micro-Star MS-7529 2.02%
MEDIONPC MS-7366 1.62%


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