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Should I remove Microsoft Live Search Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
51% remove it49% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,817
United States Rank #1,754
Reach 0.1423%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.11 days
209.72 days >
Average installed length: 110.19 days


3.0.566.0 0.11%
3.0.541.0 99.89%

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Microsoft Live Search Toolbar

What is Microsoft Live Search Toolbar?

Windows Live Toolbar is a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer which provides a simple search interface that starts to list results as the user types in a search query, and uses Bing as its search engine. The toolbar also allows users to synchronize their Internet Explorer favorites across multiple computers, and provides an interface to Windows Live and MSN services.


The most used version is 3.0.541.0, 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 46 files and is usually about 8.82 MB (9,244,784 bytes).
  • Loads into the web browser

Program detailsProgram details

URL: toolbar.live.com
Help link: g.msn.com/ENUSTB0IAMSNE/3001
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MSN\Toolbar\3.0.0541.0
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{47D7C9B8-BD44-4D2E-9040-E946477B2F9A}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 8.82 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Live Search Toolbar

Program executable:msntask.exe
Name:MSN® Toolbar
MSN Task Processor
Path:C:\Program Files\MSN\Toolbar\3.0.0541.0\msntask.exe
Additional files:
  • msne.dll - MSN® Toolbar
  • msneie.dll
  • msneshellx.dll - MSN® Shell Extender
  • msnersrc.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • msneshellx.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Microsoft Live Search 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 'Microsoft Live Search Toolbar' with the class of {1E61ED7C-7CB8-49d6-B9E9-AB4C880C8414}.

How do I remove Microsoft Live Search Toolbar?

You can uninstall Microsoft Live Search 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 Microsoft Live Search 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 Microsoft Live Search 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 Microsoft Live Search Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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Win Vista (SP2) 71%
Win XP 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 51%
Keep it 49%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 81.46%
Windows 7 15.90%
Windows 10 2.35%
Windows XP 0.29%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 73.24%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 7.20%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.76%
Windows 10 Home 1.68%
Windows Vista Ultimate 0.97%

Distribution by countryGeography

94.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 94.02%
  Canada 4.05%
  Brazil 0.19%
  Mexico 0.15%
  Israel 0.11%
  Colombia 0.09%
  United Kingdom 0.09%
  India 0.09%
  Germany 0.06%
  PR 0.06%
  Australia 0.06%
  Peru 0.06%
  Romania 0.04%
  Costa Rica 0.04%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 99.86%
Dell 0.14%
Common models
HP G60 Notebook PC 16.91%
Hewlett-Packard Compaq Pr... 13.96%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 11.12%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.78%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 3.52%
HP G70 Notebook PC 3.22%

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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