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Should I remove Search App powered by Search Better?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #47,509
Reach 0.0016%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 7.86 days
231.78 days >
Average installed length: 121.78 days


VersionDistribution 3.13% 3.13% 3.13% 3.13% 15.63% 9.38% 3.13% 3.13% 3.13% 15.63% 3.13% 3.13% 12.50% 9.38% 9.38%

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Search App powered by Search Better

What is Search App powered by Search Better?

Search App powered by Search Better is an ad-supported (also known as adware) web browser plugin that displays advertisements. From the EULA: "With your consent, your Internet browser default search feature will be set to the APN Search Service, and you will access such APN Search Service (i) by entering queries in your browser chrome search box; (ii) by entering queries in your browser address bar, and/or (iii) in response to misspelled, incorrectly formatted or unresolved DNS submissions in your browser address bar, in each case if and as applicable based on your browser(s) and the specific Search Application version."

About  (from APN)

The Search Application may install into your Internet browser or operating system and allows you to search the Internet with Ask.com (the “APN Search Service”), and may provide other features as further described herein or during the Search Application installation process. If you already have a Search Application on y...  Read more
  • Known to reinstall itself
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Search App powered by Search Better 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: APN, LLC
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{4F564F2D-5900-A76A-76A7-A758B70C0F05}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by Search App powered by Search Better

Program executable:idcldr.exe
IDC Loader
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\idc\idcldr.exe
Additional files:
  • idcsrvstub.dll - IDC Server Stub
  • idcsrvstub_x64.dll
  • idcsrv.dll - IdcSrv (IDC Server)
  • idcsrv_x64.dll
  • idcldr_x64.exe - IDC (IDC Loader)

How do I remove Search App powered by Search Better?

You can uninstall Search App powered by Search Better 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 powered by Search Better, 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 powered by Search Better.
  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 10 47%
Win XP 3%
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 46.88%
Windows 7 46.88%
Windows Vista 3.13%
Windows XP 3.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 18.75%
Windows 7 Professional 9.38%
Windows 7 Home Premium 9.38%
Windows 10 Pro 6.25%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 6.25%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.48% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.48%
  United Arab Emirates 13.04%
  Belgium 4.35%
  France 4.35%
  Czech Republic 4.35%
  Germany 4.35%
  Spain 4.35%
  Poland 4.35%
  CI 2.17%
  Russia 2.17%
  TN 2.17%
  Taiwan 2.17%
  Iran 2.17%
  Thailand 2.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 17.24%
Dell 13.79%
Hewlett-Packard 13.79%
ASUS 6.90%
Toshiba 6.90%
Sahara 3.45%
American Megatrends 3.45%
Sony 3.45%
Lenovo 3.45%
Medion 3.45%
Common models
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Hewlett-Packard p6617c 3.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 3.85%


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