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Should I remove Search Better App?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
74% remove it26% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,344
United States Rank #20,826
Reach 0.0260%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.20 days
448.34 days >
Average installed length: 235.57 days


VersionDistribution 0.20% 0.78% 2.15% 0.39% 0.20% 1.95% 0.20% 1.17% 0.39% 0.20% 0.20% 0.78% 0.39% 0.39% 0.59% 1.76% 0.39% 0.20% 0.39% 0.39% 3.91% 1.76% 3.32% 0.78% 0.59% 0.39% 1.56% 0.20% 1.17% 1.17% 1.76% 0.39% 0.98% 0.78% 0.39% 0.20% 0.59% 0.39% 0.98% 1.95% 3.71% 3.32% 2.15% 0.20% 3.32% 0.20% 1.56% 1.17% 2.93% 0.39% 0.59%
71 versions

Search Better App

What is Search Better App?  (from APN)

Search Better does not collect any personal information and is completely "spyware"-free and "adware"-free. Period. Search Better was specifically designed to provide a great user experience free of spyware, adware, direct marketing, data collection or other similar activities. In short, Search Better provides a superi...  Read more


Search Better App is a program developed by APN. The most used version is, with over 70% 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. The main program executable is tbnotifier.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 16 files. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 18% of users of Search Better App come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Difficult to remove as it will reinstall itself
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Bundled relationships

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{5245414C-352D-5900-76A7-A758B70C0F04}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by Search Better App

Program executable:tbnotifier.exe
Name:Ask TBNotifier
Ask Toolbar Notifier
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.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

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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".

How do I remove Search Better App?

You can uninstall Search Better App 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 Better App, 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 Better App.
  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) 48%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 74%
Keep it 26%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.45%
Windows 10 36.72%
Windows XP 3.71%
Windows Vista 3.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 24.75%
Windows 7 Home Premium 13.36%
Windows 7 Professional 12.38%
Windows 8.1 7.27%
Windows 10 Home 6.88%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 5.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

17.82% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 17.82%
  Brazil 9.19%
  Saudi Arabia 6.19%
  Spain 5.25%
  Mexico 5.07%
  Italy 4.88%
  Argentina 3.94%
  Egypt 3.56%
  MA 3.38%
  Canada 2.06%
  United Arab Emirates 1.88%
  Colombia 1.69%
  IQ 1.69%
  Germany 1.50%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.05%
Acer 19.88%
Toshiba 14.84%
Dell 14.24%
ASUS 5.64%
Lenovo 4.75%
Samsung 2.97%
Intel 1.19%
Sahara 0.89%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 4.00%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.43%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.86%
ASUSTeK CM6870 2.29%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.29%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.29%


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