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Should I remove MSN Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
57% remove it43% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,763
United States Rank #2,688
Reach 0.1453%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.75 days
641.54 days >
Average installed length: 337.08 days


4.0.0401.0 2.79%
4.0.0396.0 0.14%
4.0.0390.0 0.24%
4.0.0379.0 4.82%
4.0.0369.0 18.55%
4.0.0357.1 29.90%
4.0.0348.0 0.07%
4.0.0346.1 1.05%
4.0.0337.0 0.21%
4.0.0334.0 0.14%
4.0.0325.0 0.03%
4.0.0319.2 0.14%
4.0.0314.0 0.17%
4.0.0205.4 0.14%
3.0.1312.0 1.29%
3.0.1308.0 0.24%
3.0.1303.0 0.28%
3.0.1204.0 0.03%
3.0.1203.0 8.84%
3.0.1025.0 0.03%
3.0.1008.0 0.10%
3.0.989.0 0.59%
3.0.988.2 2.17%
3.0.983.0 0.63%
3.0.949.0 0.03%
3.0.744.0 10.34%
3.0.724.0 0.03%
3.0.621.0 0.10%
3.0.426.0 0.03%
3.0.311.0 0.35% 16.49%

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MSN Toolbar

What is MSN Toolbar?

MSN Toolbar is a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer, developed by Microsoft.

About  (from Microsoft)

MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search includes three toolbars that will change the way you search your PC and the Web.


MSN Toolbar is a program developed by Microsoft. The most used version is 4.0.0357.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is msntask.exe. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 587.5 KB (601,600 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 66% of users of MSN Toolbar come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.
  • Loads into the web browser
Bundled relationships
Learn how to remove MSN Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: g.msn.com/ENUSTB0IAMSNE/3001
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar Installer\InstallManager.exe
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{088E7146-1471-4DAA-8D5F-A7129DA65EF2}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 587.5 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by MSN Toolbar

Program executable:msntask.exe
Name:MSN® Toolbar
MSN Task Processor
Path:C:\Program Files\msn\toolbar\3.0.1312.0\msntask.exe
Additional files:
  • InstallManager.exe - MSN® Toolbar
  • msnersrc.dll
  • msne.dll
  • msneie.dll
  • msneshellx.dll - MSN® Shell Extender

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • msneshellx.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'MSN Toolbar Helper' with the class of {d2ce3e00-f94a-4740-988e-03dc2f38c34f}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • msneshellx.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'MSN Toolbar' with the class of {1E61ED7C-7CB8-49d6-B9E9-AB4C880C8414}.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.38 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015899742%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00087615%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00071382%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:69.1 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:48.21 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove MSN Toolbar?

You can uninstall MSN 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 MSN 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 MSN 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 MSN Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 45%
Win Vista 1%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 57%
Keep it 43%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.73%
Windows Vista 20.65%
Windows XP 20.06%
Windows 10 4.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.02%
Microsoft Windows XP 19.78%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 17.31%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.32%
Windows 7 Professional 7.05%
Windows 10 Home 3.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.88% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.88%
  Germany 10.40%
  United Kingdom 3.70%
  France 2.51%
  Canada 2.46%
  Italy 2.23%
  Brazil 2.08%
  Spain 1.32%
  Netherlands 0.56%
  India 0.51%
  Austria 0.43%
  Colombia 0.43%
  Iran 0.43%
  Argentina 0.38%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 43.00%
Dell 28.88%
Acer 9.88%
Toshiba 3.78%
Intel 3.08%
American Megatrends 2.50%
ASUS 2.27%
Sahara 1.98%
Gateway 1.39%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.26%
HP G62 Notebook PC 7.03%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 6.92%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.92%
HP Pavilion P6000 Series 2.57%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.46%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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