Title: Ask
Type: Adware

Remove Ask
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:Ask severity is 6  (6 / 100)
 

Ask is a popular search engine, which offers 'better web search' for its users. You may search the web using its website ask.com or the toolbar, which can be installed on the computer. No matter that it looks safe, many users have asked us about the trustworthiness of Ask after discovering this search engine on their computers out of nowhere. Before you call this program 'virus', your should known that Ask, just like many other search engines and toolbars, is promoted via other free programs. Once you (unnoticeably!) agree to install such program on your computer, it makes changes in homepage and default search engine. If you want to remove Ask from your computer, you have to follow a detailed guide, which is given at the end of this post..

HOW CAN ASK GET ON MY COMPUTER?

As we have already mentioned, Ask Toolbar and ask.com can get on your computer when downloading freeware/shareware, such as Java and similar. In most of occasions, users download such programs without paying enough attention to their installation process. If you want to protect your PC against Ask, you have to choose 'custom' installation method and uncheck all entries that offer to change the homepage or download toolbar. Once it is downloaded, Ask can easily appear instead of your start page or default search engine. If you want to get rid of it, you have to remove Ask from each of your web browsers manually. Follow this guide to fix your computer for good:

HOW TO REMOVE ASK?

If you want to get rid of Ask search engine or Toolbar, you should remove this program via Add/Remove Programs list. For that:

  1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Uninstall a Program.
  2. Here, look for Ask and similar entries and select 'Uninstall/Change'.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

Finally, fix each of your browsers with a help of these steps:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ -> ”Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Toolbars and Extensions’ and uninstall Ask Toolbar, Ask and other entries that are unknown for you.
  2. Click ''Tools' -> 'Manage addons' -> ‘Search Providers’ and choose the search engine you used before.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’; find  Ask Toolbar, Ask and other entries that are unknown and click ‘Uninstall’.
  2. Go ‘Tools’ -> ‘Options’ and reset the startup homepage to google.com, yahoo.com or similar search page.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ icon, select ‘Options’ -> ‘Basic’ and change the homepage to google.com or other.
  2. Click the ‘Manage search engines…’ -> choose ‘Google’ and make it the default search engine.

Finally, it is also recommended scanning the system with updated anti-spyware and making sure that your PC is free of malicious programs. We recommend using SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.



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QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.

The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Ask are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Ask right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2013-12-05 01:51:00
Information updated: 2013-12-05 01:51:00

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WINDY2
I inadvertently installed ASK toolbar and updater. Now I cannot delete it. When I go to control panel and attempt to uninstall it from Programs the unnistaller hangs and I get the msg, You must close all browser operations none of which are active. How can I rid my computer of this pesky intruder?
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Mrs Meek
I have been trying for days to remove Ask as my search engine. When I go to control panel Ask does not appear on the list of installed programmes or Toolbars. I am trying to revert it to Google; I know it is my fault that I inadvertently installed it but it is so so hard to lose
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CLAY
IT IS A PESTY PARASITE AND SEEMS ONCE ITS ON YOUR PC YOU CANT RID YOURSELF OF IT VERY EASILY. I AM GOING TO CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL PC TECH AT STAPLES TO ASST IN THIS REMOVAL PROCESS SO I DONT DAMAGE ANY DATA OR MY PC HARD DRIVE WITH THIS INTRUDER. I ADVISE ANYONE ELSE WITH THIS ISSUE TO DO THE SAME. I WAS FINE WITH THE ASK SEARH ENGINE WHEN SEARCHING AROUND THE WORLD ON MAPS AND TRAVEL INFO AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS. IT WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL AND THOROUGH AND GAVE FAST AND MOST CURRENT DATA. HOWEVER WHEN I ATTEMTED TO GO BACK TO MY SECURE SITES TO ACCESS MY ONLINE BANKING SEEMS IT KEPT TRYING TO DEFAULT AND DEFERRING MY LOGIN ID TO THE ASK SITES WHICH WAS EXTREMELY STRANGE TO ME.

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