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Should I remove Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
63% remove it37% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #23,801
Reach 0.0078%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.95 days
145.90 days >
Average installed length: 76.66 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox

What is Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox?

Browser Tab Search is an advertising-supported web browser toolbar/extension that will make the following changes to the browser's settings:

- Changes the default home page and new tabs and protect these search settings
- Changes the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including the browser's built-in search box
- Adds an addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found” adn DNS errors
- Tracks usage behavior. Information about the search queries submited in connection with the Toolbar and how it is interacted with search results may be used to personalize the content and advertisements

About  (from IAC Search and Media)

The Toolbar, in the course of processing a given search query, sends a request to our servers. This request may include the keyword query, search query text, time of day, browser type, default language setting, IP address, an anonymous unique ID, the address of the last URL you visited before clicking through to the ...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • 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 Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox.
msbloader.exe (2018874cd4d77b00414a7f514150d2f9) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AVG 2015.0.3438 Search
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.SearchSuite.81
ESET-NOD32 9.11429 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.K potentially unsafe
Qihoo-360 Trojan.Generic
VIPRE Antivirus 39090 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
ViRobot 2014.3.20.0 Adware.BrowserTabSearch.95136[h]
Bundled relationships

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\browser tab search by ask\safetynut\browsertabsearch
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Browser Tab Search by Ask\SafetyNut\BrowserTabSearch\BrowserTabSearchUninstall.exe" /browser=ff
Estimated size: 1.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox

Program executable:msbloader64.exe
Name:Browser Tab Search by Ask
Path:C:\Program Files\browser tab search by ask\safetynut\browsertabsearch\msbloader64.exe
Additional files:
  • BrowserTabSearchUninstall.exe - Browser Tab Search by Ask (Browser Tab Search by Ask Uninstall)
  • msb.dll
  • msb64.dll
  • (Malware detected) msbloader.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • msbloader.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'msbloader.exe' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Browser Tab Search by Ask\SafetyNut\BrowserTabSearch\msbloader.exe".
  • msbloader64.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Browser Tab Search by Askx64' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Browser Tab Search by Ask\SafetyNut\BrowserTabSearch\msbloader64.exe".

How do I remove Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox?

You can uninstall Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox 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 Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox, 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 Browser Tab Search by Ask for Firefox.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 40%
Win Vista 1%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 63%
Keep it 37%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.48%
Windows 10 29.41%
Windows XP 9.15%
Windows Vista 1.96%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.80%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.95%
Windows 7 Professional 10.46%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.15%
Windows 8.1 8.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.54%

Distribution by countryGeography

10.06% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 10.06%
  DZ 8.81%
  MA 6.29%
  India 5.66%
  Thailand 3.14%
  Greece 3.14%
  BD 3.14%
  Egypt 3.14%
  Saudi Arabia 3.14%
  France 2.52%
  Romania 2.52%
  MK 1.89%
  Brazil 1.89%
  Finland 1.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 23.01%
Hewlett-Packard 21.24%
Dell 20.35%
ASUS 7.96%
Toshiba 7.96%
Samsung 4.42%
American Megatrends 4.42%
Apple 0.88%
Alienware 0.88%
Common models
MSI MS-7788 2.88%
Dell Latitude E6400 1.92%
Gigabyte G41M-Combo 1.92%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 1.92%
MSI MS-7592 1.92%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 1.92%


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