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Should I remove Media Search App by Ask?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
69% remove it31% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #10,236
United States Rank #17,766
Reach 0.0349%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.72 days
286.63 days >
Average installed length: 150.60 days


VersionDistribution 0.29% 0.15% 0.15% 0.29% 0.15% 0.44% 0.29% 0.87% 0.87% 0.15% 0.15% 1.02% 0.29% 0.73% 0.29% 1.45% 2.91% 0.58% 0.15% 1.16% 0.87% 0.15% 0.15% 0.29% 0.15% 0.87% 1.16% 0.29% 1.16% 0.15% 0.58% 2.47% 0.15% 1.60% 0.58% 3.20% 0.15% 1.02% 0.29% 2.91% 1.45% 1.31% 0.15% 0.15% 1.31% 0.44% 0.15% 0.15% 0.58% 2.03% 3.05%
96 versions

Media Search App by Ask


Media Search App by Ask is a program developed by APN. The most used version is, with over 28% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The main program executable is ToolbarIcon.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 25 files and is usually about 500 KB (512,000 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 19% of users of Media Search App by Ask come from the United States, it is also popular in Mexico and Brazil.
  • Starts automatically
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\idc
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{41545534-5350-2D4D-4544-A758B70C1902}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 500 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Media Search App by Ask

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • tbnotifier.exe - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)
  • apnnativemsghost.exe - APN Native Messaging Host
  • tbnhlpr_x64.exe - APN Toolbar Notifier Helper
  • tbnhlpr.exe
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaaapdcjfaomkafnbpoclmfakjianjd.json
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaaafhgaihilbkellglkpeiegabpjem.json
  • aaaaapdcjfaomkafnbpoclmfakjianjd.crx
  • aaaaafhgaihilbkellglkpeiegabpjem.crx
  • aaaaadgepjkdffhjbkfjgnnffnfcffbg.crx

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
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'.

How do I remove Media Search App by Ask?

You can uninstall Media Search App by Ask 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 Media Search App by Ask, 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 Media Search App by Ask.
  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 Media Search App by Ask you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 43%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 69%
Keep it 31%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.60%
Windows 10 42.73%
Windows XP 4.94%
Windows Vista 0.73%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.76%
Windows 10 Home 12.95%
Windows 7 Professional 11.64%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.33%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 7.28%
Windows 10 Pro 5.82%

Distribution by countryGeography

18.76% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 18.76%
  Mexico 9.24%
  Brazil 7.79%
  Italy 6.78%
  Colombia 5.05%
  Peru 4.04%
  Ecuador 3.32%
  Spain 3.17%
  Argentina 2.45%
  Egypt 2.16%
  BD 1.88%
  France 1.88%
  Germany 1.59%
  India 1.59%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.33%
Acer 22.14%
Dell 15.15%
ASUS 7.93%
Lenovo 5.59%
Toshiba 5.36%
Samsung 3.50%
Intel 2.33%
Sony 0.70%
American Megatrends 0.70%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 7.69%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.99%
HP Pavilion g4 Notebook P... 2.56%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 2.14%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.14%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 1.71%


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