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Should I remove Vuze Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #32,705
Reach 0.0040%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.29 days
450.93 days >
Average installed length: 236.93 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Vuze Toolbar

What is Vuze Toolbar?

Vuze Toolbar is an advertising-supported web browser toolbar that may modify the browser's home page, search provider and new tab pages. Changes to the browser include the following modifications:

- Modify the default home page and new tabs and protect these search settings
- Modify the default search engine in your Internet Browser, including the browser's built-in search box
- Addition of alternative error page functionality, such as “Page Not Found”

About  (from APN)

No matter where your users go on the Internet, your brand is always visible with a custom toolbar. Because the toolbar is loaded directly into the browser it's always available, always enhancing the user's experience and driving engagement with your brand and product offerings.

And because functionality is trans...  Read more


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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is tbnotifier.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 3 files.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Vuze Toolbar.
tbnotifier.exe (33be35574e1081a91eacd2b98e0a472a) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.08.06 PUP/Win32.IECore
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.AskToolbar.bF
ESET-NOD32 8.10211 a variant of Win32/Bundled.Toolbar.Ask.F
Vuze Toolbar 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\vnt
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{53475433-2D56-3700-76A7-A758B70C0A00}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)

Program filesFiles installed by Vuze Toolbar

Program executable:tbnotifier.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Ask TBNotifier
Ask Toolbar Notifier
Signed by:APN LLC
Path:C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.exe
(From the publisher) “The Ask Toolbar Notifier is a client process which runs as part of the Ask Toolbar. The Notifier's job is to help instruct you during the toolbar installation and browser upgrades on your computer. ”
Additional files:
  • vntldr.exe - Virtual New Tab (Virtual New Tab Loader)
  • vntsrv.dll - Virtual New Tab Server

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
2 Startup Files (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".
  • vntldr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VNT' which loads as "C:\Program Files\VNT\vntldr.exe".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • tbnotifier.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.29 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0009148031%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00002577%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00088903%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:67,009
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:19.23 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Vuze Toolbar?

You can uninstall Vuze Toolbar 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 Vuze Toolbar, 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 Vuze Toolbar.
  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 Vuze Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win Vista (SP2) 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.82%
Windows 10 33.33%
Windows XP 2.56%
Windows Vista 1.28%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.92%
Windows 8.1 17.95%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.67%
Windows 7 Professional 14.10%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.13%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.85%

Distribution by countryGeography

14.94% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 14.94%
  Philippines 5.75%
  New Zealand 4.60%
  Estonia 4.60%
  Netherlands 4.60%
  Saudi Arabia 4.60%
  Belgium 3.45%
  RS 3.45%
  Sweden 3.45%
  Poland 3.45%
  France 2.30%
  India 2.30%
  BD 2.30%
  Czech Republic 2.30%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 33.96%
Acer 18.87%
Dell 13.21%
ASUS 13.21%
Lenovo 7.55%
American Megatrends 3.77%
Toshiba 3.77%
Intel 1.89%
Alienware 1.89%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.69%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.13%
HP Pavilion G6 NoteBook P... 3.13%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.56%
HP Pavilion dv4 Notebook ... 1.56%
TOSHIBA Satellite L840 1.56%


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