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Should I remove Social Search App by Ask?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
62% remove it38% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,229
United States Rank #40,784
Reach 0.0107%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 5.40 days
159.36 days >
Average installed length: 83.73 days


VersionDistribution 0.95% 0.47% 0.47% 0.47% 0.47% 1.42% 0.47% 0.95% 0.47% 0.47% 1.90% 0.47% 1.42% 3.79% 0.95% 0.47% 1.90% 3.32% 0.95% 2.37% 8.53% 3.79% 1.42% 0.47% 6.64% 0.95% 1.42% 1.42% 0.47% 0.47% 1.90% 1.42% 1.42% 2.37% 2.37% 3.32% 1.42% 3.79% 1.90% 0.95% 5.69% 3.32% 3.79% 3.79% 6.64% 0.95% 3.79% 0.47% 0.95%

Social Search App by Ask


Social Search App by Ask is a software program developed by APN. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. In the Google Chrome browser, it will add an extension. The primary executable is named ToolbarIcon.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 17 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 11% of users of Social Search App by Ask come from the United States, it is also popular in Egypt and DZ.
  • Starts automatically
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

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{41524553-5350-2D53-4F43-A758B70C1B00}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 500 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Social Search App by Ask

Program executable:ToolbarIcon.exe
Additional files:
  • apnnativemsghost.exe - APN Native Messaging Host
  • tbnotifier.exe - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)
  • tbnhlpr_x64.exe - APN Toolbar Notifier Helper
  • aaaaadgepjkdffhjbkfjgnnffnfcffbg.crx
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaaadgepjkdffhjbkfjgnnffnfcffbg.json
  • tbnhlpr.exe
  • com.apn.native_messaging_host_aaaaapdcjfaomkafnbpoclmfakjianjd.json
  • aaaaapdcjfaomkafnbpoclmfakjianjd.crx

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
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".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • tbnotifier.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe'.

How do I remove Social Search App by Ask?

You can uninstall Social 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 Social 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 Social 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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Social Search App by Ask you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 62%
Keep it 38%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.93%
Windows 10 30.33%
Windows XP 4.27%
Windows Vista 0.47%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 36.49%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.43%
Windows 7 Professional 9.95%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.21%
Windows 10 Home 4.74%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.27%

Distribution by countryGeography

10.90% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 10.90%
  Egypt 10.43%
  DZ 8.53%
  Spain 8.06%
  Mexico 5.69%
  Russia 4.74%
  IQ 3.79%
  Brazil 3.79%
  Germany 3.79%
  France 2.84%
  MA 2.37%
  Turkey 2.37%
  Argentina 2.37%
  Thailand 2.37%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.58%
Acer 24.65%
Dell 12.68%
Toshiba 9.15%
Lenovo 7.75%
ASUS 6.34%
Samsung 4.93%
American Megatrends 1.41%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.33%
Acer Aspire E1-531 2.50%
ECS H61H2-CM 1.67%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 1.67%
HP 15 Notebook PC 1.67%
LENOVO 20236 1.67%


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