84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove Search App by Ask?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #680
United States Rank #797
Reach 1.0020%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.03 days
856.27 days >
Average installed length: 449.90 days


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777 versions

Search App by Ask

What is Search App by Ask?  (from APN)

Quixey and Ask have entered into a deal in which apps from Quixey’s database, whether for mobile or the PC, will be integrated into search results. It’s going live today and should be rolling out now, although it’s not yet live for me. A number of other browser add-on products (made by other companies) bundle and offer...  Read more


Search App by Ask is a software program developed by APN. The most common release is, with over 13% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named ToolbarIcon.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 23 files and is usually about 496 KB (507,904 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 45% of users of Search App by Ask come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Search App by Ask 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

URL: www.apn.ask.com/products/toolbars
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{42435041-332D-5350-00A7-A758B70C0F00}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 496 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Search App by Ask

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • idcsrvstub.dll - IDC Server Stub
  • idcsrvstub_x64.dll
  • idcsrv.dll - IdcSrv (IDC Server)
  • idcsrv_x64.dll
  • idcldr.exe - IDC (IDC Loader)
  • idcldr_x64.exe

How do I remove Search App by Ask?

You can uninstall 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 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 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.

Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.01%
Windows 10 34.62%
Windows Vista 5.58%
Windows XP 4.76%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.53%
Windows 8.1 14.41%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.61%
Windows 7 Professional 10.65%
Windows 10 Home 7.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.68%

Distribution by countryGeography

44.84% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 44.84%
  Germany 8.54%
  United Kingdom 4.26%
  Italy 2.62%
  France 2.45%
  Canada 2.23%
  Brazil 2.02%
  Australia 1.96%
  India 1.54%
  Netherlands 1.51%
  Austria 1.17%
  Mexico 1.15%
  DK 1.10%
  Belgium 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.66%
Dell 19.94%
Acer 17.74%
ASUS 9.11%
Toshiba 8.10%
Lenovo 4.87%
Samsung 4.38%
Medion 1.14%
Intel 0.93%
American Megatrends 0.75%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.20%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.72%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.59%
HP 15 Notebook PC 3.44%
ASUS All Series 3.39%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.32%


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