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Should I remove Sammsoft Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
68% remove it32% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #24,674
United States Rank #19,210
Reach 0.0073%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.72 days
168.60 days >
Average installed length: 88.59 days


VersionDistribution 0.70% 2.82% 0.70% 4.93% 2.82% 1.41% 2.11% 4.23% 1.41% 2.11% 0.70% 3.52% 2.11% 1.41% 2.11% 4.23% 5.63% 4.23% 7.04% 0.70% 0.70% 3.52% 7.75% 1.41% 1.41% 4.93% 1.41% 1.41% 14.08% 8.45%

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Sammsoft Toolbar

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What is Sammsoft Toolbar?

Sammsoft Toolbar is a web browser toolbar and extension that modifies the browsers search and home pages as well as delivers. In order to provide search advertising revenue, the software is designed not only to modify the search provider but to protect it so that it remains the default browser search engine. It is typically installed via a bundled offer within a third-party software distribution. As for distribution, the toolbar is typically bundled with 3rd party publishers in order to try to maximize install revenue as typically payouts per installation is between a few cents and a couple dollars depending on the geographical location of the host.

What the toolbar does:
- Change of the default search engine, including the Browser's built-in search box, and address bar.
- Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”.
- Change of the default Home Page and/or New Tabs, and protect your search settings.

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
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • 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 Sammsoft Toolbar.
tbnotifier.exe (f332813cc013d6af5c5a0c32a3aed725) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Asktoolbar.45
ESET-NOD32 9.12098 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.M potentially unsafe
K7 AntiVirus 13.2016900 Unwanted-Program
K7GW 13.2016900 Unwanted-Program ( 004c42951 )
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.
Find out how to remove Sammsoft Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: APN, LLC
URL: apn.ask.com
Help link: apnstatic.ask.com/static/toolbar/everest/documents/faq/index.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\vnt
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{5853442D-5637-006A-76A7-A758B70C0300}
(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. ”
Additional files:
  • idcldr.exe - IDC (IDC Loader)
  • idcsrv.dll - IdcSrv (IDC Server)
  • idcsrvstub.dll - IDC Server Stub

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • tbnotifier.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2A74CAE7-C98C-44C6-9E9E-155D069D857D}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ApnTBMon.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • tbnotifier.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ApnTBMon (1)' 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'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.6 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0017233260%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00077767%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00094565%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Sammsoft Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove Sammsoft Toolbar from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
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Or, 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: 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: 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) 64%
Win 7 4%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 68%
Keep it 32%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.31%
Windows 10 11.97%
Windows XP 9.86%
Windows Vista 9.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.43%
Windows 7 Professional 11.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.00%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.57%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.86%
Windows 10 Home 2.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.89% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.89%
  United Kingdom 6.95%
  Israel 4.28%
  Germany 3.21%
  Sweden 2.67%
  Australia 2.14%
  ET 1.07%
  Norway 1.07%
  MK 1.07%
  Saudi Arabia 1.07%
  Singapore 1.07%
  Romania 1.07%
  Austria 1.07%
  Netherlands 1.07%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.87%
Hewlett-Packard 25.27%
Acer 16.48%
Toshiba 7.69%
ASUS 4.40%
Samsung 3.30%
Lenovo 2.20%
Intel 2.20%
Sony 1.10%
American Megatrends 1.10%
Gateway 1.10%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 2.70%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.70%
Dell Computer Dimension 8... 1.80%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 1.80%
TOSHIBA Satellite C665 1.80%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.80%


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