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Remove Ask.com redirect

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Ask.com hijack | Type: System tools

What is Ask.com?

Ask.com is a legitimate website, which declares that its mission is to answer users’ questions with the best information from the web and from the real people, and increase personal knowledge by empowering people with answers. However, just several months ago, many people have started to write us about issues that are related to this search engine. They complain that they have been redirected to ask.com website without willing to do that. According to them, no matter which browser you decide to use, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or other one, you may find yourself redirected to Ask.com. This unfair activity is used for one main aim – to make people visit predetermined websites. Besides, seeking the same aim, it may also show you commercial ads in your search results. Finally, just like any other search engine, this program may collect information, which is related to your browsing habits. It is not illegal because this information is personally NON-IDENTIFIABLE. However, we think that you should keep your search terms, information about your browsing habits, etc. for yourself. If you think that data that you enter when visiting your favorite websites should be kept just for yourself, you should avoid this search engine. You can do that by removing related browser add-on from your computer. We also recommend you to scan your computer with the reputable anti-spyware and make sure that it is not infected with really malicious programs and even viruses. In this case, you can easily use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

How can Ask.com appear on my browser?

Ask.com is not a virus. However, it has been reported that this domain is promoted using quite unfair methods. One of the mostly used of them is called bundling. What does it mean? It means that this search site may appear instead of your start page and default search engine without an appropriate permission asked. For avoiding that, you should start monitoring installation of the freeware. Please, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then carefully read what is said in each stage of freeware’s installation. If you have been using Ask Search for searching the web, there is nothing bad in this. However, if you decided to get rid of it, you should use these steps.

How can I remove Ask.com?

As we have already said, Ask.com is NOT A VIRUS. Nevertheless, if you want to avoid unexpected redirects and commercial ads, you should think about other search engine. For eliminating it, you can use these steps:

  • Uninstall programs that are related to Search.tb.ask.com from your computer:

1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for Ask Toolbar, Ask Updater, Ask Search and other programs that are developed by Mindspark Interactive Network.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.

  • Reset each of your web browsers:

Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon -> ‘Manage Add-ons’.
2. Here, look for unfamiliar plugins (Ask Toolbar, Ask Updater, Ask Search, etc.) and remove these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on the gear icon again and select ‘Internet options’.
4. Remove Search.tb.ask.com and enter your preferred domain name.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the gear icon again, select ‘Manage Add-ons’ -> ‘Search Providers’,
6. Set your preferred search engine.

Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Add-ons’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Ask Toolbar, Ask Updater, Ask Search, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click Firefox, choose ‘Options’
4. Here, eliminate Search.tb.ask.com and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon and question mark icon
6. Here, click ‘Troubleshooting Information’ and click ‘Reset Firefox’.

Google Chrome:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Ask Toolbar, Ask Updater, Ask Search, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’
4. Here, eliminate Search.tb.ask.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.

Finally, we recommend scanning computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus or other reputable anti-spyware to make sure that your computer is totally safe.

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