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Should I remove Sammsoft Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #30,195
United States Rank #18,364
Reach 0.0047%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.35 days
157.89 days >
Average installed length: 82.96 days


VersionDistribution 49.46% 16.13% 5.38% 29.03%

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Sammsoft Toolbar

What is Sammsoft Toolbar?

This Ask.com toolbar is typiclaly installed with the Support.com ARO PC opimizer.

About  (from APN)

Create new revenue streams by tapping into your existing user base. Bundle an APN custom toolbar with your downloadable application and earn revenue from subsequent search activity. Engage toolbar users by integrating rich interactive content such as widgets and social networking feeds into the browser experience. The ...  Read more


Sammsoft Toolbar is a program developed by APN. The most used version is, with over 98% 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. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is tbnotifier.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 1 files. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 85% of users of Sammsoft Toolbar come from the United States, it is also popular in Iran and France.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Sammsoft Toolbar 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

Displayed publisher: Ask Partner Network
URL: apn.ask.com
Help link: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5853442D-5637-006A-76A7-A758B70C0100}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by Sammsoft Toolbar

Program executable:tbnotifier.exe
Name:Ask TBNotifier
Ask Toolbar Notifier
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.exe
(From the publisher) “The Ask Toolbar Notifier is a client process which runs as part of the Ask Toolbar. The Notifier's job is to help instruct you during the toolbar installation and browser upgrades on your computer. ”

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • tbnotifier.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2A74CAE7-C98C-44C6-9E9E-155D069D857D}' (runs on registration).
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'.
Network connections
  • tbnotifier.exe connects to a23-67-253-43.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:9.84 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0044228771%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00260096%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00182192%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:165,779
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:12.88 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:39 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Sammsoft Toolbar?

You can uninstall Sammsoft 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 Sammsoft 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 Sammsoft 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 Sammsoft Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Vista (SP1) 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.52%
Windows Vista 22.58%
Windows XP 8.60%
Windows 10 4.30%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.05%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 16.48%
Windows 7 Professional 10.99%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.79%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.69%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

85.31% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 85.31%
  Iran 2.10%
  France 1.40%
  Australia 1.40%
  Canada 1.40%
  Poland 1.40%
  TT 0.70%
  Norway 0.70%
  Sweden 0.70%
  Israel 0.70%
  Netherlands 0.70%
  Jordan 0.70%
  DK 0.70%
  Croatia 0.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.00%
Dell 30.67%
Acer 13.33%
Toshiba 10.67%
Intel 2.67%
Medion 1.33%
Gateway 1.33%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.02%
Dell Studio XPS 7100 2.41%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.41%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.41%
Compaq-Presario NY541AA-A... 2.41%
BIOSTAR Group N68S3B 1.20%


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