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Should I remove Shopping App by Ask?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,630
United States Rank #2,873
Reach 0.2364%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.36 days
600.52 days >
Average installed length: 315.53 days


VersionDistribution 0.07% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.04% 0.02% 0.20% 0.13% 0.20% 0.09% 2.82% 0.04% 0.02% 0.15% 0.04% 0.02% 0.04% 1.27% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.28% 0.04% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.22% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02% 0.04% 0.04% 0.07% 0.24% 0.04% 0.07% 0.02% 0.04% 1.05% 0.02% 0.02% 0.07% 0.02% 0.15%
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Shopping App by Ask

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What is Shopping App by Ask?  (from APN)

The Shopping Toolbar by Ask has the single purpose of enhancing a user’s online shopping experience by offering an enhanced shopping search experience, links to popular shopping sites and/or additional content such as coupons, special offers and the latest deals from many merchants. The enhanced shopping search experie...  Read more


Shopping App by Ask is a software program developed by APN. The most common release is, with over 14% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named apnnativemsghost.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 19 files and is usually about 500 KB (512,000 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 44% of users of Shopping App by Ask come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/Article/227/What-features-does-the-Shopping-Toolbar-by-Ask-offer
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{4F524A2D-5354-2D53-5045-A758B70C0F01}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 500 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Shopping App by Ask

Program executable:apnnativemsghost.exe
Name:APN Native Messaging Host
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\chromeutils\apnnativemsghost.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 Shopping App by Ask?

Quickly and completely remove Shopping App by Ask from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Download Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’Remove Shopping App by Ask from your computer.
Or, you can uninstall Shopping 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Shopping App by Ask, 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 Shopping 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) 52%
Win 8.1 0%
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.67%
Windows 10 33.60%
Windows Vista 6.72%
Windows XP 5.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.72%
Windows 8.1 13.06%
Windows 7 Professional 10.15%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.91%
Windows 10 Home 9.64%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.44%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.60% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.60%
  Germany 9.54%
  United Kingdom 3.48%
  Norway 2.57%
  Italy 2.40%
  DK 2.35%
  Canada 2.31%
  Brazil 2.18%
  France 2.15%
  Australia 1.93%
  Austria 1.78%
  Mexico 1.77%
  Netherlands 1.62%
  Spain 1.38%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.69%
Dell 19.13%
Acer 18.76%
ASUS 7.77%
Toshiba 7.40%
Lenovo 4.43%
Samsung 4.43%
Medion 1.52%
Intel 1.05%
Sahara 1.01%
American Megatrends 0.84%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.11%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.01%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.03%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.24%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.05%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.85%


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