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Should I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,929
United States Rank #12,599
Reach 0.1044%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 91.21 days
1127.27 days >
Average installed length: 592.30 days


VersionDistribution 0.05% 3.55% 2.48% 0.05% 0.05% 2.14% 14.19% 1.55% 9.67% 17.15% 4.91% 10.11% 7.87% 12.73% 2.48% 1.41% 3.69% 5.39%

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Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection Updater

What is Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection Updater?

Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection Updater installs with the Ask.com internet browser toolbar and keeps it automatically updated. Avira SearchFree Toolbar gets installed through bundled software. The default settings will automatically install the Avira SearchFree Toolbar as soon as you install the host bundler software on your PC. Sometimes Avira SearchFree Toolbar has a habit of leaving numerious files, settings and useless registry entries behind which might cause some stability and performance issues. Unfortunately, Avira SearchFree Toolbar won’t be removed even you have uninstall the associated program that bundled it.

About  (from Ask.com)

Avira’s WebGuard component works by acting as a proxy to prevent customers from downloading malicious code from an infected or rogue website. Avira’s WebGuard, which was previously available only to customers of Avira’s paid security software, is now available for those “free” users who choose to install the Avira Sear...  Read more
  • 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
  • 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 Updater.
Updater.exe (31b522014fc560c122cdfa72d47ca940) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.AskToolbar.81
ESET-NOD32 8.10201 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.G
Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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: www.avira.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ask.com\updater
Uninstaller: Updater\Updater.exe -uninstall
Estimated size: 1.54 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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".
Network connections
  • Updater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • Updater.exe connects to a23-67-250-91.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.74 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0882168889%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.04567402%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.04254287%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection Updater?

You can uninstall Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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 Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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 Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection 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 Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web Protection Updater you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.72%
Windows XP 15.71%
Windows Vista 9.48%
Windows 10 4.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.54%
Windows 7 Professional 8.65%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.72%
Windows 7 Starter 1.42%

Distribution by countryGeography

40.97% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 40.97%
  United States 11.31%
  Taiwan 4.27%
  Italy 3.80%
  Iran 3.61%
  Austria 2.35%
  Brazil 2.06%
  France 1.69%
  Netherlands 1.36%
  United Kingdom 1.22%
  Indonesia 1.22%
  Philippines 1.17%
  Switzerland 1.13%
  Israel 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 23.31%
Hewlett-Packard 19.50%
Dell 15.94%
ASUS 8.93%
Medion 6.85%
Samsung 4.25%
Toshiba 3.99%
American Megatrends 3.03%
Intel 2.95%
Sahara 2.51%
Lenovo 2.17%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.86%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.96%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.33%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 2.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite L550 2.11%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 2.11%

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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oneartistover a year ago
This is the most clearly written help site I have ever seen. Thank you. I almost never link a like to facebook but I will this time.