|how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||davsonlyn||8/28/11 10:16 PM|
Google Chrome version (type about:version into the address bar):Operating System:Error Message:Extensions installed:
Please describe your question/comment in detail (for example, steps to reproduce the problem): Ask has installed itself in google chrome and I would like to remove it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Dman621||8/29/11 2:13 AM|
click on the wrench icon in the top right, go down to tools, then click extension. If it is listed there all you need to do is click uninstall
I would also recommend going to control panel and uninstalling it there as well
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||HyK||9/2/11 3:28 PM|
ask.com does not appear in extensions, or in the control panel uninstall. but appears in Chrome as default search. Ask is an aggressive persistant bitch, the snakes its way into everything. Its a stealthy bitch
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||†Tommy G.†||9/2/11 5:55 PM|
Right click the address bar>Edit Search Engines>delete Ask.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||HaileyGG||9/22/11 6:05 PM|
I found out how.
under the little wrench thing, click it and go down to options. then go to basics.
and where it says home page, it will say
1.) use the new tab page
2.)open this page: (www.ask.com)
you can either click the new tab one
or click the "open this page" but delete the ask.com one and type in www.google.com or www.yahoo.com or whatever you want
(i used google)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||walterabyrd||11/11/11 1:39 PM|
Please try to understand.
1) the default search engine is one thing
2) the default home page is another thing
3) that horrible "ask.com" tool bar that is installed under the URL bar is something else again.
The OP is asking how to delete that ask.com tool bar. I am having the same problem. None of the answers here solved my problem.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||lauren.d||11/13/11 2:49 PM|
You can uninstall it using "Uninstall a Program" in the Control panel.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Seledon||11/27/11 10:59 AM|
De fato, o amigo ai de cima tem razão !
Ele é um Programa que foi instalado em seu computador !
Eu fiz assim: fui no canto inferior da tela em iniciar e digitei “programas” em pesquisar programa e arquivos; depois cliquei em “Mostrar quais programas estão instalados no computador”;
E lá estava ele. Delete-o, Remova-o e pronto.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||melissaasdfghjkl||11/30/11 9:04 PM|
I think I found out how.
- Go to Control Panel.
- Click on Uninstall programs
- Type in "ask toolbar" on Search.
Done. Hope this helps!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||maskl50||1/26/12 5:02 AM|
mine was kmplayer ask toolbar i uninstall it and the chrome work fine thanks melissaasdfghjkl
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||matthewmize||2/2/12 12:25 PM|
I had the same issue as the questioner. Ask didn't show up in the extensions list nor in the add/remove programs list in Windows. I figured out how to solve the problem though. I navigated to the programs folder on the C: drive and found that there was an Ask.com folder. Then I opened Internet Explorer and found an Ask.com toolbar there too. The difference was that this one had an options button on it and an Uninstall option. I clicked that and it uninstalled Ask from my computer and it's gone from all of my browsers including Chrome. When it was done installing, I checked the programs folder and found the Ask.com folder was gone. Problem solved! Hope this helps.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Taylor5||2/6/12 2:42 PM|
Thanks for sharing your solutions, all! FYI, you can check out the article in my reference to protect yourself from suspicious programs.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||George_R 1234||2/11/12 7:15 AM|
Right, so right click
go to edit search engines
then click on extensions
it should be there, simply remove :)
have a nice day
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||ymaval||2/14/12 9:02 PM|
walterabyrd, melissaasdfghjkl is right. I had the same damn problem. In most cases, ask toolbar is installed with another program (oovoo for my case, kmplayer for my friend's case) and you need to uninstall it. To locate it, search for ask toolbar in the "progrmas and features" in windows 7 (located in control panel) and you will see the ask toolbar as a part of another program. uninstall it and then it's gone for good!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||makhansingh||3/8/12 3:51 AM|
SOLUTION FOR WINDOWS 7
1.Go to the search box. type "ask"
2.Have a look at the results under the heading "Files". this can be any data that you might have recently downloaded after which the ask.com toolbar appears in your browser(in my case it was the Quick Heal Antivirus Pack- folder downloaded from a torrent)
3.NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT : Manually go to this folder and delete the entire data.
4.Close all your running Chrome Windows.
5..Once you have done this then open your "Control panel">go to "Program and Features" option and now double click ask.com toolbar/right-click and select "uninstall".
6.Wait for the process to be completed and WOLLA! u have successfully got rid of the annoying toolbar. :-) Cherrrzzz!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||kreativekev||3/19/12 4:37 PM|
if that doesn't work. Go to the wrench located on the top right of chrome. Go to tools > Extensions > Basics
In the basics section, you can switch your default search to "google"
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||bigdog2400||3/24/12 8:49 AM|
I too was seeing the same unwanted toolbar after installing chrome.
I was not finding it in the add/remove programs and did not see it listed in the extension.
I removed the foxit reader extension and the ask.com toolbar was removed as well. It seems it was 'mislabeled' to avoid removal.
Simply disabling the foxit reader extension had no effect on the ask.com tool bar you must remove it. It seems it has many potential carriers based on the other replies on this board.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||jaketheassassin||3/27/12 12:00 AM|
I think i found out how to remove the search engine:
1) go to the wrench thingy
2) click on options
3) go to basics
4) you will see something that says search and it will be set on ask
5) change it to google
6) beside the thing where you pick it will say "Manage search engines..." click on that
7) you will find ask there, make your mouse hove over it and there will be an X at the side. That will get rid of it.
HOPE THIS HELPED!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||the beassst||3/29/12 5:30 AM|
i know how. go to the corner wrench button, click tools, click extensions, and uncheck the boxes of each one. thatl do it
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||New Websites||3/30/12 3:43 PM|
BEWARE OF UPDATING JAVA. Oracle, once a reputable company, are now involved in this hijacking.
To remove ask, you will have to go to your browser settings and change your home page and also your default search engine.
You will also need to go to your control panel>add or remove programs and remove Ask there, too.
If you have firefox browser you will also have to type about:config into the address bar, ignore the 'life or death' warning, double click on entries that contain "ask" and select reset.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||tomatoplant||4/9/12 12:05 PM|
To get rid of the ask toolbar in google chrome; click on the wrench; click on settings; go to where it says home page and you should see ask.com in the box opposite -open this page-, change it to www.google.ie or whatever you want, and you should find the toolbar gone. I had already deleted ask from all the locations, including searching the registry and the computer for anything with ask.com or ask search engine, or tabs, and making sure google was my default browser and the google toolbar was installed and I was signed in etc etc
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||jpechlin||4/11/12 5:14 PM|
Hurray! Thank you that worked. I did the same thing. I updated to Firefox 11 and my java. This is the only way I could uninstall the ask search bar.
I typed about:config into the address bar, ignore the 'life or death' warning,
then I did a search at the top for ask...then I saw 3 entries that said ask.com for my default search engine. I double clicked on entries that contain "ask.com" and changed them to google.com Thank you.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Salomi28||4/17/12 6:25 AM|
When you try and uninstall the ask toolbar from add/remove in control panel and it gives you the error message that states that "google chrome must be closed in order to proceed" even though there are no pages open in chrome:
1. Go to task manager: holding down ctrl, alt, Del at the same time is the easiest way.
2. Click the processes tab
3. Look for google chrome and highlight it
4. Click on end process
Continue with the uninstall and it will remove the toolbar completely. Make sure to delete the ask updater under add/remove as well.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||walido||4/26/12 5:49 AM|
That's how that works. Control panel uninstall or wrench options do not do the job. Edit your search engines and choose google as your default......and ax the 90's-themed ASK jeeves butler crapola engine.
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||HitParad||5/10/12 6:54 AM|
What most refer to Ask Toolbar is actually FoxIt Toolbar. Remove FoxIt Toolbar extension, restart Chrome and problem will go away.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Derpedy Derp||5/13/12 2:54 AM|
Im pretty sure I've found out how. Go to the top right corner of your browser, and there should be a little wrench. Click on that, and go to settings. Then scroll down, and there will be "Search Engine" Next to it, there will be "Ask". Click on that, and there will be options; Bing, Yahoo!, Google, Ask. Click on the one you want, and there will be a cross next to each of them when your mouse is above it. Just click the cross and leave it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||sla_yaa||5/25/12 2:26 AM|
Thx for help man, this is the only true solution to this annoying problem. Any of other ways to get rid of ask toolbar failed for me.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||TaboWeezy||6/1/12 10:20 PM|
I had the same issue with my Chrome as well...
And thanks a bunch to inform me about it.. The only extension I had installed was the OovoO. And you pointed out that it installs Ask.com with it.. So I just went on and Deleted the extension. And now it is gone.. Thanks a bunch bro..
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||sarah1412||6/10/12 2:04 PM|
for me, the ask toolbar came from downloading oovoo. i think that's the case for most people. but i couldn't uninstall the oovoo toolbar program published by ask.com and it wasn't in the extension either. so i looked around and saw someone that linked me to toolbar cleaning website. http://toolbarcleaner.com/2011/10/11/how-to-remove-ask-toolbar/
i don't know about others, but if you can't find it in the control panel or the extensions options, this works perfectly.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Gentle Knight||6/11/12 3:39 AM|
Excellent answer. I use Chrome & XP. Ask was not in the program list from control panel. It was not in anything under the wrench icon (I couldn't find "options" under the wrench). I closed Chrome.
I tried this great suggestion of deleting the ask folder from the programs folder. Delete was prevented at first, even when I tried 'unlocker assistant' - an excellent program to help you delete locked files.
I used the task manager to find the offending program - 'updater.exe' and terminate it (ignore the warning that the earth will explode if you delete it). Then at last I deleted it, and it worked.
I should mention that for some reason only some pages had the ASK toolbar on it, not all of them. But I want NONE of my pages to have it. I hate ASK because it's so intrusive and aggressive. I will never use their service.
I noted the comment about updating Java, maybe that's the culprit that added this nonsense without my approval. If so I will not update Java again.
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||scarletotera||6/11/12 5:43 PM|
The "ASK Toolbar" This drove me crazy, but finally removed it.
Just to let you know 1st i went to control panel, add/remove
programs & removed the "Ask Toolbar" but it didn't remove it.
So then still in control panel, went to Internet options. Then
clicked on tab "General". Then went down to search clicked on
"settings". Then you click on ask.com which should be 1st on list,
you should then be given a remove options at the bottom, choose remove.
Now restart computer & you will be "ASK Toolbar FREE"
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||TroyOi||6/13/12 11:41 PM|
I just wanna add some input here. First of all, NO ONE should come to this thread and say "I've got the answer!". No one has the answer because there is NO ONE ANSWER. Obviously the people behind Ask.com (can we agree to call them the Ask-holes?) are devious, have ZERO ethics, and keep coming up with ways to thwart normal attempts to remove their product.
Speaking for myself:
If it helps anyone else, I think what finally clinched it for me was bigdog2400's recommendation to remove the Foxit extension in Chrome. Also, for Firefox, someone here had recommended resetting all the configuration entries for "Ask" -- I think that also helped.
Overall, I just spent over 2 hours on this problem. Multiply this by the millions of poor saps I expect will also have to deal with it, and you've got a huge productivity loss that these ASK-HOLES are imposing on the world!!
And one other thing: Lest anyone think that the Ask toolbar was a minor annoyance, it actually prevented me from getting to some essential data. I use Google Docs spreadsheets with multiple tabs (one worksheet per tab). The tabs run along the bottom of the spreadsheets. Somehow, when the Ask toolbar was present in Chrome, it managed to eliminate the tabs (even though they're on opposite ends of the browser). There was no way I could get to any worksheet other than the first!
Class action lawsuit, anyone??
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||lick0||6/19/12 7:38 PM|
My ask toolbar was installed with a program called CutePDF. To remove ask toolbar I had to go to control panel add/remove programs and remove these 2:
cutepdf editor toolbar
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Dominivacano||6/23/12 9:39 AM|
HEY EVERYONE I JUST GOT RID OF MINE IT WAS THE OOVOO TOOLBAR POWERED BY ASK.COM
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||sungura2005||6/23/12 1:48 PM|
Thanks! It worked :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||pranab41||6/27/12 6:21 AM|
In my case, installing cutepdf was responsible for the Ask search; removing that from chrome has apparently solved the issue.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||opfrqwe||6/30/12 2:56 PM|
only way I could get rid of it was to uninstall all recent progams I had installed (assuming one of them was the culprit) and then uninstall chrome and re-install it
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||piratesmvp04||7/3/12 8:58 AM|
I found another way. I had installed CutePDF to print PDF documents. It's toolbar has Ask.com with it. So, I just disabled CutePDF from the extensions and the problem was solved.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Dustin Zirkle||7/3/12 4:17 PM|
To further clarify, when you search for ask toolbar in Programs and Features it most likely won't say Ask Toolbar but another toolbar from some software you've installed. CutePDF is a big one that I've seen in the past.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||BubbaTech||7/6/12 9:04 PM|
Had this problem. Solved it. It's not an extension that can be disabled or removed via Google Chrome browser settings. And there is no Ask.com Toolbar listed in the Add/Remove Programs via the Control Panel. But I just happened to notice that in the list of programs in the Add/Remove Programs section, there IS a Foxit PDF Creator/Reader toolbar. And the publisher of this toolbar is....ASK.COM!!! I uninstalled that toolbar, and POOF! No more Ask.com in my Google Chrome!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||dynamika||7/11/12 9:22 PM|
Yes, I am for a class action lawsuit, I am ready to chip in for a fee if needed.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||dynamika||7/11/12 9:31 PM|
I took time to find out a phone number to ask.com headquarters and here it is:
It is from their main website, I think a few phone calls may educate them. I am calling them with complains!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||ncdeans||7/13/12 11:44 AM|
None of the answers worked for me - I had to use Revo Uninstaller. Kudos to Revo - a life saver... And how is it these @#%! %&#*! at ASK aren't arrested and jailed for forcing their crap on our systems. It's no less invasive than a virus or an invasion. There's nothing business-like about it. They should serve time in a cell far away.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||ncdeans||7/13/12 11:51 AM|
I called them. They're like dugh... do you want customer service? I left a long message with every swear word I know about... I'm sure they'll get a laugh out of it. Assholes. I need to take a break.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||agkaye||7/14/12 3:30 PM|
This didn't exactly work for me but it did reveal the true culprit. I followed @matthewmize's instructions and in IE there was a CutePDF Editor Toolbar placed there by none other than Ask.com. It was already disabled in IE. I went back to Chrome and then I saw the CutePDF Editor Extension but unlike IE, it didn't even mention that it was from Ask. I removed the extension and then I checked Control Panel ==> Programs and Features and there the little bugger was again.
I have been a huge advocate of CutePDF for years. I'm guessing that when I installed it on my new computer, I accepted the defaults instead of doing a custom installation and clearing the check box for the Ask.com toolbar. Lesson learned: never take the default installation for any software, freeware or otherwise, because I've seen this ploy many times.
Kudos to @matthewmize for finding the true culprit that ultimately led to my resolution.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||All X||7/17/12 8:15 PM|
I just solved it. It is not a toolbar, so uninstalling the toolbar wont change anything. The problem is the search engine option.
Just go to the wrench > Settings > Search. You have the option of using Ask, Google, Bing and Yahoo. Choose wisely...
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ruscleaze||7/28/12 10:15 AM|
My issue was with an Ask toolbar that infiltrated my system via another install. I had previously installed the CutePDF Writer to allow me to print to PDF and apparently I wasn't paying attention during the install. After the install, the Ask toolbar appeared in Chrome and I could find no way to get rid of it. I looked in extensions, I looked in the 'Add Remove Programs' ('Programs and Features' for Win 7) and couldn't find anything referring to the Ask Toolbar.
I finally realized that as I was searching the Programs and Features as advised by others, when I just typed "Ask", a 'CutePDF Toolbar', whose Publisher was 'Ask.com', kept showing up. I removed that program and that eliminated the Ask toolbar from my system.
Just realize that Ask may be masquerading as something else and you can find and eliminate that SOB!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mboerner||7/30/12 12:50 PM|
In fact, you canNOT uninstall ask toolbar via the control panel because it refuses to uninstall because all your browers are not closed, BUT refuses to recognize that they all indeed ARE closed.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||SusanCT||7/31/12 4:53 PM|
I use Windows 7 OS.
After much trial and error and a lot of searching for this hidden application, I was finally able to delete the "Ask" Toolbar and it's search window from Google Chrome.
1)Open Control Panel, Programs and Features.
2)In the search box type, "toolbar." Don't type "Ask toolbar" or you won't find it.
3)In the list of installed toolbars I found 2 that were associated with CutePDF writer/editer (a free application that I already had installed without an associated toolbar.) The CutePDF toolbars are run by "Ask.com."
4) I deleted them and "Ask" is now gone from Chrome.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||SusanCT||7/31/12 4:57 PM|
I forgot to say that you have to close all of your browsers before deleting the CutePDF toolbars via the Control Panel.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||kevinmckevin||8/1/12 8:11 PM|
lick0, thanks for posting that. That was exactly my issue.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ghnacks||8/25/12 6:50 PM|
If you have Foxit Toolbar installed, Uninstall it and that should get rid of Ask toolbar!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mountainsky||8/26/12 5:04 PM|
Thanks so much! I tried all the other suggestions and nothing would work! Ask toolbar was in my programs folder and could not uninstall it at all. Downloaded Revo Uninstaller. It tried the normal way to uninstall and wouldn't work either. Then I went to the bottom and had it Scan for leftover items. Deleted them all. Gone from my IE7 programs menu!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Thee Boz||9/14/12 6:21 AM|
It's not a hijacking. Ask.com installs because you agreed to it. Either you plowed through the install of some program or update and missed the opportunity to not install it or someone who has axx to your computer did. This is not a hijacking. Sneaky, yes, hijacking no. They are playing on your laziness, that's all. Consider this a life lesson and move on.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||w36392||9/14/12 12:25 PM|
This worked, thanks!!! :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Tommy_B||9/17/12 4:32 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||gobros||9/29/12 7:16 AM|
you are completly right
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||gobros||9/29/12 7:18 AM|
it worked thanks
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Si Raj||9/30/12 2:03 AM|
Here Guys, just simply:
1.) Go to chrome settings
2.) You will find three tabs : History, Extensions, Settings
3.) Click on Settings
4.) Find a 'search' menu option that says "Set which search engine is used when searching from the omnibox."
Choose 'Google' from the drop down menu(Note: By default it might select as Ask)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||BSC249||10/7/12 8:11 AM|
Love It! Lets start harassing them the way they've harassed us with this dam toolbar.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||BSC249||10/8/12 12:13 PM|
First, kudos to people like TroyOi, Ruscleaze, SusanCT who actually listened to the various questions posed & recommended APPROPRIATE SOLUTIONS! Those of you just restating the obvious garbage (si raj)... really???
To recap: 1) there is no ASK extension, 2) there is no ASK search engine in the deafault settings or in 'settings' period and 3) there is no ASK toolbar (or any other toolbar for that matter) in the add/remove programs list.
In my case, I installed cutePDF before the latest chrome update. At that time I had removed the ASK toolbar as I always have (from add/remove) – with no problems. After the latest chrome update, the ASK toolbar came back & there were no associated extensions, search engines, or programs hence my difficulty removeing it - Thx in no small part to the multitude of useless responses regurgitating the same answers and telling us to go to settings or add/remove programs without reading the numerous questions saying this WAS NOT WORKING... Once I uninstalled cutePDF, the ASK toolbar & search engine disappeared!
Some of the primary culprits in adding the ASK toolbar: cutePDF & FoxIt - but there are others.
Finally, The problem is not CHROME. You must find the offending program that installed it in the first place!
Ps: I like cutePDF, so I re-installed after finally getting ASK off Chrome. I Did Not have ASK back in Chrome BUT I did have to remove “cutePDF toolbar” & “cutePDF editor toolbar updater” Although cutePDF gave me the option to set ASK as a default search engine, after removing the aforementioned programs I have no ASK folders or programs on my computer – Thank You CutePDF! Great Work!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Knut||10/13/12 6:53 AM|
if everything else fails, eg, because the ask.com extension is hidden among the extensions, (assuming Windows 7) go to
If you have this "APN" (Ask Partner Network) folder and it contains a Google chrome extension (crx) file, delete the folder. Also delete the key pointing to the crx file in the registry.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mellobeans1||10/23/12 7:46 PM|
ok, so after reading just about every post in here, I found that the Ask Toolbar, if you did not specifically install it yourself, is usually called another program you recently installed, powered by ask. For me it was Oovoo. So I went into control panel and uninstalled the "Oovoo Toolbar Powered By Ask" and then I went into Chrome Extensions and clicked the little trash can next to "Oovoo Toolbar"
It's gone now.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||janmmmm||11/10/12 6:52 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||renteriah||11/12/12 10:11 AM|
I tried all the above recommendation and didn´t work. I were about to give up... when I tried this and worked!!! Thanks very much!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||TheJayTee||11/19/12 12:37 AM|
You should see the toolbar below the URL bar. To the far right (Right of the ASK | Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, etc.) you will see the ASK button, right click. Then choose 'disable toolbar'. This should work.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ashley110||11/25/12 5:46 PM|
Okay what worked for me was
task manager (little button in the bottom left cornerr)> control pannel>programs then click on "date installed" or something along those lines, and then look for "ask search bar" or something like that and right click and uninstall (:
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Anonmily||11/26/12 9:30 PM|
This thread was very helpful. Finally got it out of sight! In my case, I only had to uninstall the ooVoo extension (somehow added on without me knowing after I installed ooVoo on my computer...) and the toolbar disappeared. I love google chrome because of its minimalism, so that cluttered toolbar was quite an eyesore!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Msvin||11/30/12 11:28 AM|
Thanks a lot!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||awesomeerika||12/1/12 10:17 AM|
im so sorry but i dont see where it is and i would really like it if youcould send me a link to this page. yes i do have google crome too and this is driving me bananannanananannnananas!!!! please help me and try to maybe send me a link!!?!?!?!??!?!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Olivia Pagano||12/12/12 5:07 PM|
For the Ask toolbar I had,
1. Go to the three parallel lines at the top of the browser
2. Go to settings
3. Go to extensions
4. There should be one with a globe next to it. First hit "disable" to make sure you are not trashing something important.
5. If it the the problem toolbar delete it.
Hope this helps!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||craigglewis||12/14/12 1:47 PM|
Thanks Dman worked like a charm :))))))
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Monique Auchey||12/15/12 5:22 AM|
I obviously left my first reply in the wrong place (its early, sorry.)
Just wanted to thank you and say that my ASK toolbar was suspiciously named something else, so I didn't see it the first time around, under Add/Remove programs.
For me it had come in on ooVoo, so it was called, "ooVoo Ask tool bar". I just didn't look hard enough. The icon was ooVoo, not "Ask",
It is gone now and I am so glad.
Thanks so much.
Thanks a bunch.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Rick Ezell||12/17/12 8:43 AM|
Steps to remove "Ask" tool bar from Google Chrome
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Marian Bredin||12/20/12 4:05 PM|
Thanks!! That's the easiest of all, after having uninstalled it multiple types using various cleaners and uninstallers, finally its gone...
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Dat Muffin||1/2/13 9:24 PM|
Thanks you helped a bunch. :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Nadia Tucker||1/2/13 11:17 PM|
how do u delete your toolbar on google chrome
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Carolyn Chuang||1/7/13 4:50 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/8/13 9:41 AM|
I have Google as my home page-NOT Chrome-and can't get rid of ASK and can't get any answer to "How to get rid of ASK" that doesn't relate to Chrome. Can anyone please tell me how to get rid of ASK for google?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/8/13 9:53 AM|
I don't have chrome. I have "google" as my home page using Mozilla (I'm really new at this so please don't mink my confusion, but I keep getting answers on how to remove ASK for chrome instead of just Google as my home page/search engine. Please someone post a way to get rid if ASK it is totally useless. All of the suggestions for using the control panel haven't worked because ASK doesn't show up under uninstall at all. The suggestions to use the "wrench thing up in the right" (Do people mean the cog wheel up near the right corner-as that's the only thing that's up there.) don['t work as the controls they say appeal when you open it don't appear. There was a suggestion to "go to the three parallel lines" but there are no three parallel lines anywhere near there.
I've been at this for more than four months and have never found an answer that works.
Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/8/13 10:09 AM|
There is no "wrench icon" in the top right. There IS an icon of a COG, but under that there are none of the items you mention nor any items that lead to them. I also am just using Google as my home page but not Chrome. Is there some way to get an answer on how to get totally rid of ASK when not using chrome?
I've been trying to get rid of this for at least three months, ever since I noticed ASK up on the search bar. It must have piggybacked in on something I loaded. Please forgive my ignorance of terms and such. I'm relatively new at this and it's driving me mad.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/8/13 10:17 AM|
Doesn't work either! When you right click the address bar, you don't get Edit Search Engines or anything like it. Isn't there anyone who knows how to get rid of this pig of a program?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/8/13 10:29 AM|
"Sigh." There is NO little (or other size) wrench thing. NONE. If it's anything it's a COG or a GOG WHEEL. You know, those things that made machines go during the Industrial Revolution?
And, in any event, the stuff that people keep saying lay under it if you'd only click on it are simply not there! No matter how often I try, none of these things appear.
Now, I'll try again. I'll even look for the thousanth time for a wrench and will open up the things under the COG yet again, but none of the things that people say are there are there. This is 2012 and System 7 and that may make a difference, but I know a wrench from a cog and can read English, so I know that the menu items alleged to be there are simply not there.
Please help as, after at least three months of trying, this is driving me crazy. Sure, I can live with it, but it irks me that this useless program is hanging on like a starving vampire with a Nun.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/8/13 10:34 AM|
Even if I don't quite get the differences in what you said-and I'll read it again, I completely agree about the non helpfulness of the well meaning answers so far.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Anonmily||1/8/13 10:41 AM|
All I had to do was go to the Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall Programs, then look for "Ask" among the programs listed. It might, however, not be immediately obvious since it may have been ininstalled with some other program and be under its name. For example, the program I found for the Ask toolbar was "Oovoo Ask toolbar" or something of that nature. Hope it'll be of some help.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||raelyn eccleston||1/8/13 2:06 PM|
if you just want to get rid of it (hide it) the click on the ask icon in the top right hand corner and click the last option "hide the ask toolbar"
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Monique Auchey||1/8/13 2:14 PM|
Have to look very closely at remove programs list after it populates. ANYTHING with "Ask" in the file name is going to be the culprit. The file name varies on what it came in on...
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Taylor5||1/10/13 6:58 PM|
Thanks for helping each other out, guys! Unwanted toolbars are usually caused by a 3rd party software that you may have installed. To summarize steps that got rid of the Ask toolbar:
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Craig Long||1/10/13 7:12 PM|
It might be disguised as the KM player Toolbar.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Gary Whiteley||1/15/13 9:02 AM|
seam to have gained a search bar with ask , facebook, a , you tube , cnn , games &weather an envelope & a D , dont want it didnt ask for it , how do i get shut of it ?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/15/13 10:18 AM|
Nope. Did that, nothing there at all to remove. Thanks though.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/15/13 10:29 AM|
When I clicked on the "Ask" icon, a funny thing happened-a drop down menu appeared listing several of the common search engines like "Yahoo, Bing, Amazon, etc." Being sick of "Ask" (Whenever I've used "Ask" to search for any subject, it only takes me to a listing of a bunch of other pages proporting to be about the subject which all seem more commercial than informative.)I switched it to "Google" instead. I don't know if that "solves the problem as "Ask" may still be lurking somewhere on this PC, but at least I don't have to look at what has become a baleful symbol of all that is wrong with the PC experience.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/15/13 10:47 AM|
I'll give that another try, but I gave it a good long time when I looked that last time. "Uninstall" seems to list entire programs and not anything with long file names that have "Ask" in them. I don't want to uninstall any programs as I may need them. I need to find a way to look at the extension to see if "Ask" is hiding in there. I have a text reading program (I'm legally blind.)that reads stuff aloud for me, but it didn't read any variant of "Ask."
I may have "solved" the program-at least to my satisfaction-as when I clicked on the "Ask" icon, of the arrow to it's right, a drop down menu offered me the ability to select from a bunch of search programs including Google, so I set it to that.
Thanks to everyone who replied to my questions.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Old Pinko||1/15/13 10:56 AM|
Is there a forum for "non-chrome" users? I am really new to all this so am confused. I'm-I think-using Mozilla and searching with "Google" Google is my home page-I think. (Someone once explained the difference between a "search page" and a "search engine" but it's now lost in the decaying mass of fatty tissue that resides above my eyebrows.
I really belong in a non-chrome forum. Are there any?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Arthur Harris||1/15/13 7:16 PM|
bravo! criminals indeed!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||pcnub23||1/16/13 12:32 PM|
dear god, thank you
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||barry major||1/18/13 1:04 PM|
This worked for me
If you want to disable the ask.com Toolbar in Chrome:
Go to your Tools menu in the browser
Uncheck the Enable button for the Ask Toolbar (or our partner’s brand for a custom Toolbar)It was labelled as Quick access tab.
Back to normal Chrome layout now.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ricky.mcgill||1/18/13 6:30 PM|
This absolutely solved the problem. Thanks!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||whiterabbitink||1/20/13 12:50 AM|
by right clicking in the address bar and going to "edit search engines" you will see ask listed, probably at the top. You will notice when mousing over it it does not have the option to delete because it is likely set as the "default search tool" ( it will have done this itself....naughty naughty ). SOlution is to mouse over google and select it as the default search engine, then when you mouse back over the "ASK" option it will now have a "X" so that it can be deleted.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Suzy Marie||1/24/13 1:13 PM|
This is the only remedy offered that worked for me. thx.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mykela||1/24/13 4:20 PM|
ok I did this and it appears to now be deleted but it is still at the top of my pages!! ??? WTF
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mykela||1/24/13 4:23 PM|
nvrmnd I had to close out of everything then reopen & then it is gone! THANK GOOD!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Monica Russo||1/24/13 8:34 PM|
1) get draw down menu by hitting button next to bookmark and ad block (it's right under the red x to close window)
2) settings (a few up from the bottom)
4) uncheck ask toolbar
TA DA! now that pesky thing is gone!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Johnny Snyder||1/25/13 4:15 PM|
Thank You! I was wondering how I had Google Chrome still running and I couldn't see it running to complete the uninstall.
Worked like magic.
P.S. your post is the only one that works. All others seemed to be noob answers. haha
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||SHORTY192||1/26/13 5:09 AM|
I tried everything on here and everything I found on Internet but I couldn't still get rid of the toolbar from Chrome. It seemed like I uninstalled it but still was shown on Chrome. Then FINALLY I figured out how to delete it COMPLETELY! So I'd like to share this for the people who is having hard time like me.
Go to settings and extensions. Check the numbers next to ASK toolbar (other name may be used)
I'm sorry my English is not perfect, and I don't know a lot about computers. But I didn't see this information on any other website, so I just wanted to share.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Sharon Pridmore||1/26/13 6:55 PM|
Thank you for your succint and effective advise.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Fred Lewis||1/27/13 1:59 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Skye Bubble||1/28/13 6:37 AM|
I got that pesky ask search bar on my new tab page to go away when I went to Tools and then Extensions and trashed this extension labeled Quick Access (or something along those lines). I hope this helps! :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||shurely||1/28/13 11:37 AM|
'Ask' hides under something called "activeX". It does not show up as 'Ask" - uninstall and get rid of Ask.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Leo van der Wees||2/5/13 7:15 AM|
This works fine but if I delete the whole directory I am not able to open a new tab in Chrome anymore. Do I need to remove one or several files or the whole directory? If the latter is the case I need to take for granted that Chrome doesn't work properly anymore?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||qwerty111111||2/5/13 8:57 AM|
So, I tried all the suggestions and NOTHING was working. I kept getting the error message in the uninstall program area. I could not unclick enable in the extensions area of Chrome. I could not simply delete it from Chrome. I also could not find the program files on my C drive.
Stupid Java! Stupid Oracle! I will NEVER update Java again. I will NEVER trust Oracle again. Hateful!!
Anyway, Revo Uninstaller is a program you will need to download. However, it was the only thing that got the stupid program off my machine. LOVE IT! Easy download, easy to uninstall. I used the moderate setting (also searches for anything the program might have left behind) to completely kill it.
Hope that helps someone else.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||srunner7||2/5/13 10:31 AM|
1. Go to the three horizontal lines in the top right-hand corner.
2. Go down to settings.
3. Go to search and change to desired search engine.
4. You can even delete ask from being an option in manage search engines.
Hope this helps it worked for me!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||abraz||2/5/13 2:55 PM|
The ASK toolbar can't be disabled from the extensions management page in Google Chrome (grrrrr) - how lame you have to be in order to do that? You have to know that customers don't want your product, then spend money time and effort hacking Chrome to prevent users getting rid of the annoyance that your product causes. Ask, Oracle, Java, permanently moved into the "trashy" folder in my mind.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Steven Haslett||2/5/13 4:02 PM|
After trying everything, I still had that pesky toolbar.
In the end though I uninstalled and re-installed chrome and that worked!
Now I have to get back all my useful extensions....
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||andrzej dyl||2/5/13 5:16 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Noah Wishart||2/5/13 9:58 PM|
For some reason the enbale button for ask is "greyed out" and it is impossible to get rid of.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Gayla Golusin||2/6/13 6:07 AM|
Ask has installed itself in google chrome and I would like to remove it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Taylor5||2/6/13 1:44 PM|
Check out my earlier post for solutions on how to get rid of the Ask toolbar.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Veronica McIntyre||2/6/13 2:32 PM|
I am having the same ask tool bar issue. I unistalled and re installed google chrome, uninstalled ask toolbar through my control panel and yet it is still here on my chrome!!!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Anton Shekhter||2/6/13 9:22 PM|
I HAVE THE ANSWER!! Got to the option thing on the top right corner, go to "view background pages (#)" and end the ask toolbar process!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Martin A. Walker||2/6/13 9:46 PM|
My daughter & I had a problem on Google Chrome running on WinXP. If we tried the Uninstall it gave an error message, telling us to shut down Google Chrome (which we had shut down.) We tried most of the standard methods here, even deleting the Ask.comToolbar folder from the extensions folder, nothing worked. Then we finally figured out a way that worked.
When we did CTRL-ALT-DEL and looked at the Task Manager, and selected Processes, and it said several times Chrome was running (though we didn't have it open!). We did a force shut down on each Chrome process, and each time we did we got a different Extension crash report. Once we had shut all of the Chrome processes down, we went back and tried Uninstall on Ask from Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs. It worked! I hope this will work for others.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Veronica McIntyre||2/6/13 10:34 PM|
Thanks Anton, It didnt work though. still there!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Kyle MacIntyre||2/7/13 12:06 AM|
the problem with this is it will restart at the next boot of chrome
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Theo49||2/7/13 6:03 AM|
Not good enough. It comes back at the next reboot.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Sean Granan||2/7/13 1:33 PM|
Try this first
Press Windows Key + R to bring up command prompt.
Enter " %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data " without quotes and press enter..
If this doesn't work Make sure you have uninstalled Ask tool bar first. then uninstall google chrome go into C:\Program Files (x86)\ and remove your google folder. then try reinstalling
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Shamii Kawasheema||2/7/13 5:42 PM|
Next to the "Favorite" star button, there will be your apps and the "Ask" logo will be there. Right click it and press "Remove from Chrome".
It will work, I just did it myself. :)
That was so annoying.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||andrzej dyl||2/7/13 6:09 PM|
i have been uninstalling Google twice,can't remove extension,ask doesn't show anymore in Programs and Features and is not in services window but this piece of shit is still attached to Chrome toolbar....heeeeelp please !!!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Shayan Beast||2/7/13 8:41 PM|
I have found the solution - it really does work.
Step 1. Download CCleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Step 2. Open CCleaner
Step 3. In CCleaner, on the left hand side you will find 4 square clickable boxes labelled Cleaner, Registry, Tools, Options.
Step 4. Click 'Tools'
Step 5. In the Tools menu, you can choose to uninstall programs.
Step 6. Find 'Ask Toolbar', click once and on the right hand side, click 'Run Uninstaller'.
Step 7. IMPORTANT - you may be prompted half way through the un-installation that you need to close all 'Internet Explorer' windows, even though they are not open.
Step 8. Very IMPORTANT - Right Click your Start Menu at the bottom of your screen and open 'Task Manager' - http://i.imgur.com/ft79df6.jpg
Step 9. In task manager - at the top - click 'Processes'
Step 10. Find the processes called 'iexplore' and end all of the 'iexplore' processes.
Step 11. Go back to CCleaner and quickly continue the un-installation.
Please thumbs up if I helped.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Eric from Ask.com||2/7/13 10:32 PM|
Hi everyone - as promised, our toolbar team beat their original estimate and has completed the update to our removal utility. You can download it here:
Some important things to know about this update:
• The utility does not attempt to close browsers or kill any processes; instead, the files are slated for removal on restart. You will be prompted to restart Windows, and These files & the toolbar will get removed when you restart. So please be sure to restart to complete the process.
• Several of you have mentioned that it's not possible to completely end the Chrome process(es) necessary to make changes to the browser and its extensions. This is due to some extensions that use background processes and keep Chrome running in the background even if all windows are closed.
Sample extension that use this : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/checker-plus-for-gmail/oeopbcgkkoapgobdbedcemjljbihmemj (its options page has a check box to configure the extension to run in background)
• Should you need them, here's info from Google on the extensions that use background processes: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1184722
Expand the bottom link which has instructions from Google as to how to stop these background apps from running.
As always, the door is always open at Ask.com, and if there's anything else you need, you're more than welcome to get in touch with me via our Help Center (http://help.ask.com). Thanks again for your patience and understanding while we worked to get this resolved as quickly as possible. I'm very proud of our toolbar team for cranking out a fix in very short order, and I hope you'll find it useful.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||pissed and upset||2/7/13 11:11 PM|
This one is the most helpful of all though I didn't check everything here... thank you. I followed your instructions and that's how I'd uninstalled that ask dot com crap of a shit! My chrome's all clean now - free of shitty shits named ask stupid shit dot com.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||pissed and upset||2/7/13 11:15 PM|
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:25:16 PM UTC+8, Salomi28 wrote:
> When you try and uninstall the ask toolbar from add/remove in control panel and it gives you the error message that states that "google chrome must be closed in order to proceed" even though there are no pages open in chrome:
> 1. Go to task manager: holding down ctrl, alt, Del at the same time is the easiest way.
> 2. Click the processes tab
> 3. Look for google chrome and highlight it
> 4. Click on end process
> Continue with the uninstall and it will remove the toolbar completely. Make sure to delete the ask updater under add/remove as well.
1. Go to task manager: holding down ctrl, alt, Del at the same time is the easiest way.
Continue with the uninstall and it will remove the toolbar completely. Make sure to delete the ask updater under add/remove as well.
To Salomi28 i salute you. Your instructions helped me a lot! :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Veronica McIntyre||2/8/13 12:38 AM|
Oh thank goodness. THIS was the only thing that could get rid of it!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||andrzej dyl||2/8/13 5:11 AM|
Eric from Ask is my men of the year.....Thanks Eric for toolbar removal ,was easy and quick !!!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Kensington IT||2/8/13 5:42 AM|
Well Eric it has finally worked..... Nearly 10,000 people signed the online petition to remove and goodness knows how many people still do not know how to remove the unwanted ASK toolbar.
From my point of view as an IT professional for the last 35 years, you have done our industry irreparable damage and great loss of confidence to JAVA and Oracle.
Unwanted intrusion into our systems is just not acceptable. It has taken ASK a very long time to produce a fix, so for that thank you, however the wasted days on this triviality will not go forgotten !
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Eric from Ask.com||2/8/13 7:25 AM|
Thank you Andrzej - but I'm just the messenger. Your real heroes are the men and women on our toolbar team who brought this fix to you in just under 50 hours from the time we first learned of the problem. I'll be sure to pass along your regards.
As a general reminder to all, instructions on our toolbar's removal can always be accessed by going to the Help menu on the toolbar itself.
Have a great weekend! And to those of you in the northeastern states - stay warm!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Angela Neal '10||2/8/13 8:40 AM|
This worked! That toolbar was obnoxious! Thank you!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Vince Frat||2/8/13 10:39 AM|
Go to Ask.com, d/l file called ToobarRemover.exe. Run it then restart your pc. Worked perfect for me.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Catherine Kolkoski||2/9/13 5:52 PM|
I spent an hour on this trying lots of things people recommended.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. THIS IS THE ONE. The toolbar manifests itself in every aspect of your chrome browser. Go to Task Manager< Processes and then manually end every single chrome process running.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Eric from Ask.com||2/9/13 9:34 PM|
Hi Catherine - did you download and run our removal utility? Many people have reported success with it. If you had a different experience, I'd love to know specific so we can look into it. Thanks in advance!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Richard Hellen||2/10/13 2:43 AM|
Erik from Ask
Your company has done itself irreparable damage. I will NEVER use Ask - and so I think will millions of Google chrome users.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Roxanna Samii||2/10/13 5:07 AM|
Thank you!!!! :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Big Kippa||2/10/13 5:14 AM|
I have removed Ask Toolbar program, and all associated programs, from my computer, rebooted and it still shows up whenever I launch Chrome. When I into extensions it says "This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled." There is no trash can, I cannot uncheck the box that says "enabled", I have run a virus scan with Norton and it returns no malicious threats.
I know other people are having this same problem, is there a fix out there for situations like mine, or is there a fix coming? Java is blaming Google saying it is because you can't fully remove the program if Chrome windows are open and running and supposedly they are running in the background even though you have no windows open, Google isn't providing any answers, everyone is passing the buck here. Any advice?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mickavellian||2/10/13 6:30 AM|
Doesnt help . ASK.COM has admited they fucked up, and that Chrome has a "bug" that will not allow to remove the toolbar. The CEO of ASK has promised a tool is forthcoming in the meantime they hijacked google. Hoping for a nice law suit to put ASK outta business.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mickavellian||2/10/13 6:36 AM|
Clearly this was no accident because ASK is hidding registry entries. Technically If all references to ASK were deleted from the registry the damn bar would be gone but that is not the case. ASK.COM has shot itself in the head for a few weeks of publicity. I can not see anyone trusting these fucks anymore.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Eric from Ask.com||2/10/13 11:52 AM|
Actually, we've already done this. As I posted here on Thursday, please visit this link for the updated removal tool as well as some important tips regarding its use:
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||vinonoble||2/11/13 6:44 AM|
That completely did the trick since it was an extension that was not able to be "disabled" via Chrome and came in after a Java update. Appreciate the tip!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mountainsky||2/11/13 1:10 PM|
How did you get rid of the Ask toolbar? The steps are missing from this thread. I did it about a year ago, and accidently put it back on today.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ryan Yap Cheng Nam||2/12/13 9:18 AM|
Alright, the Control Panel trick works on me ONLY when I CLOSE my browser...like Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer(LOL) or watever shit.
1. Close your browser.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mickavellian||2/12/13 10:25 AM|
A brand new tool from ASK.COM to remove the bar
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mickavellian||2/12/13 10:26 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mickavellian||2/12/13 10:30 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Kenneth Howard||2/12/13 12:05 PM|
For me, closing the browser was insufficient. I first had to go into the Advanced Settings and uncheck the box that allowed background apps to continue after Chrome was closed. Before doing that the uninstall utility got into loop stating I need to close Chrome when it was already closed.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mark Palace||2/12/13 12:49 PM|
great! thank you! perfect solution!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Michael Drewry||2/12/13 6:46 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Diana Powell||2/12/13 7:40 PM|
Thank You Taylor your answer was very helpful and thank you for the info on performing a malware scan. I was able to fix my issues. You'v been a great help, Thanks Again..
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Diana Powell||2/12/13 7:48 PM|
Thank You Taylor you have been a great help. I had already uninstalled ask from my add & remove programs & it was still there, your answer got rid of it for me. A BIG THANKS to you. Your the best..
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Fred Spitzer||2/13/13 7:43 AM|
Found solution finally that worked for me.
Uninstall Search-Results Toolbar.
Hope this helps some of the rest of you as ASK sucks.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||zaxz||2/13/13 2:59 PM|
The extension is grayed out it does not allow removal that way.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Michael Lurvey||2/13/13 5:00 PM|
I have tried all the suggestions posted and still can not remove the Ask.com tool bar that I accidentally loaded thru a Java update. Even in the extension section where there should be a trash can to remove there is none. I got off my program list but it is still on my Chrome WHAT CAN I DO ITS DRIVING ME CRAZY
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||AbrarT||2/13/13 6:11 PM|
Finally, I got rid of it. Before, I whenever I try to uninstall it from the Control Panel, it asks me to close Chrome when it is actually closed!
What I did:
Go to the menu in the top right > Settings > go down and click "Advanced Settings" > go down and uncheck the statement "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed".
Now close Chrome and go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program > double-click on Ask toolbar.
Thanks to Kenneth for the tip!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Maulik Dave||2/13/13 11:57 PM|
Window 7 and google chrome.
The ask toolbar in extension is checked and enable.(clicking several time it is not getting unchecked)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Samantha Tolmie||2/14/13 8:06 AM|
Brilliant this works, its finally gone! Thank you SO MUCH!
I cannot believe I was so offended by something so small!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Margaret Gallagher||2/14/13 1:06 PM|
I've done that about 10 times. The gathering required information progress bar gets to about 1/2 way and I still get the message to close Chrome when it is actually closed. Any ideas?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Margaret Gallagher||2/14/13 1:10 PM|
Actually ended up deleting Chrome, then Ask and then reinstalling Chrome. What a PITA. THis all happened because I was on the phone when I was updating Java. I deleted the update as well. Ugh.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||chrystalmaths||2/15/13 1:56 AM|
I solved it on my machine - first shut down all chrome windows, got to task manager and click on the PROCESSES tab.
Then right click on anything of the image names with chrome.exe on it and select end process.
Go to control panel > uninstall program > and then uninstall ask.
And at last the pesky rat goes!!!
Hope it works for you too.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Steven Roehr||2/15/13 9:31 AM|
I have windows 7. Not sure if that's the problem. I've done the processes, shut down all chrome process, then went to Control Panel to uninstall Ask, but it's not even there as a program!! Yet, it still it's still showing up in my chrome window. I did a macro search for "ask", and deleted everything having to do with ask.com on my entire computer. The tool bar is STILL there. Is there a registry solution? Can someome walk me through that? Should Ii uninstall java, and reinstall that being careful not to allow Ask? Then delete and reinstall chrome? When I reinstall chrome I seem to end up with another thing called mystart.intellibar, but that one I can get rid of easily through extensions under the chrome setting menu.
This Ask thing is the peskiest thing I've ever dealt with. On my Gateway with Windows 7 anyway.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Steven Roehr||2/15/13 9:33 AM|
Same here. It won't uncheck.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Saeid Nourian||2/16/13 9:31 AM|
Indeed Oracle is responsible for probably most cases of unintended AskToolbar installation.
Sign this petition to demand Orable remove Ask Toolbar from Java:
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Krisztina Csermákné Lócsy||2/17/13 9:18 AM|
1. There is a little "Ask" icon next to the address bar.
(When you hoover over it, it sais "Control the Ask Toolbar")
2. Click on this little icon and choose "Hide the Ask Toolbar"
3. That's it.
Not removed, but at least hidden :-)))
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ranj Artima||2/17/13 6:39 PM|
Thank you Melissa, I also, got rid of ask.com search engine which I noticed today.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Boris Petrovic||2/17/13 7:52 PM|
Go to http://about.ask.com/apn/toolbar/docs/default/faq/en/chrome/index.html and under "How do I uninstall the Toolbar?" you'll see ToolbarUtilityTool.exe open it and it will remove Ask crap in no time.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mushu||2/17/13 8:43 PM|
Hi there all!!
I was having the same problem!! This toolbar was bundled with another program and even when I deleted the program it would not let me uninstall "Ask.com" toolbar. I tried all of the advice I could find and, in the end, the only thing that worked was to go to their FAQ and click on this link:
Our utility can be downloaded here: http://apnmedia.ask.com/media/toolbar/utilities/ToolbarRemover.exe
Seems kind of ridiculous that I have to download something to remove something else but...I restarted my computer and it was FINALLY GONE!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||KIMISTYRY||2/20/13 5:10 AM|
THANK YOU MUSHA....THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED FOR ME....THANKS AGAIN:)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||KIMISTYRY||2/20/13 5:11 AM|
THANKS MUSHA...THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED FOR ME...THANKS AGAIN.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||nantuckettt||2/20/13 8:00 AM|
hey everyone! the only thing that i FINALLY found to work was UNINSTALLING google chrome...then downloading the toolbar cleaner at toolbarcleaner.com. Then I reinstalled google chrome (of course :)). and finally it's gone. good luck everybody
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Neale Gray||2/20/13 7:58 PM|
That worked perfectly. Thank you.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||kwd1231||2/21/13 7:35 PM|
ok I have the ask toolbar, its gone out of the program list in windowa, I found the spot that it is at in the program folder by going through "my computer" in the google chrome extention list, the checkbox is greyed out so you cant uncheck it, maleware bites wont detect it, I even shut down Norton and it still says its in use. How do you get rid of this thing? I said no when it asked me if I wanted it installed and it did anyway. thanks!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||kwd1231||2/21/13 7:36 PM|
oh I even delted and reinstalled chrome and it came back. (the toolbar that is)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||DecaniBass||2/22/13 5:42 AM|
I tried everything here, nothing worked... but if you look towards the bottom of this page http://www.ghacks.net/2011/03/04/ask-toolbar-removal-how-to-uninstall/ (in the Update) you'll find a link to a Toolbar Remover. I was a bit wary as the program downloads direct from this link... but anyway, I ran it, re-started the computer, and hey presto! it seems to have gone :-)
I think ask.com should explain to the world why they make their program almost impossible to remove, and how come it seems to install itself even when you say 'No'.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Jeremiah Rakowski||2/23/13 7:03 AM|
The only thing that worked for me was using revo uninstaller:
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Sonali Thatte||2/23/13 8:52 PM|
I've tried doing that multiple times, but it keeps on telling me to close all my chrome windows, even though they are. Any suggestions?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||François-Dominique Armingaud||2/24/13 11:28 AM|
I used Revo Unistaller (free as in free beer).
First uninstalled the updater, then the ask.com toolbar itself.
Things are much better now.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||L Hurt||2/24/13 12:01 PM|
I found out how to get rid of the ask.com tool bar!
Go to the 'Customize and control Google Chrome' Button at the top.
Click on 'Tools' then on 'Task Manager'
Scroll down until you find the extension 'Ask bar' Then click it.
Then click end program and you should get an error message at the bottom of your scream. Don't worry just leave it, it just says that the ask tool bar has stopped working. Just don't click that you want to reload it.
Hope this helped.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mickavellian||2/24/13 1:57 PM|
the only foolproof way of getting rid of the ask Toolbar is to use the utility written by ASK.COM.
any other way, will leave unwanted entries in your registry which will give you add-in problems in Chrome.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||François-Dominique Armingaud||2/24/13 2:59 PM|
Probably not : the Revo uninstaller has 5 possible depths of uninstallation and the last one cleans the registry (after telling you what exactly will be removed).
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Frank Taormina||2/24/13 4:12 PM|
Google Chrome keeps running after you shut it. In order to uninstall the toolbar, you need to stop google chrome.
First, shut down google chrome. Then start the task manager and you'll find it is still running under the process tab. Highlight it and stop it.
Then uninstall the Ask toolbar in the control panel as usual.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Paul Didymus||2/25/13 7:40 AM|
actually i installed 1 application ,but with that application another app with ask toolbar were installed, while iam uninstalling the app i uninstalled only one app but after i uninstalled both but the toolbar is not going.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Trunk Monkey||2/26/13 8:29 AM|
I am pretty savvy with computers and tried all traditional (and a couple of non-traditional) approaches to get rid of this thing. In the Extensions folder it said I could not disable it because it was a "managed" extentions.
Thank goodness for this forum. I agree with Musha: the only way to get rid of it was:http://apnmedia.ask.com/media/toolbar/utilities/ToolbarRemover.exe.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||evansnb||2/26/13 10:47 AM|
This was EXACTLY my prob!!! Thanks!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||heenan73||2/26/13 5:41 PM|
What pains me, is the the ask toolbar has managed to be 'grayed out' in 'extentions, with the words "(This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled.)".
This is malware that has beaten Chrome!
I know how it got there: I occcasionally use Firefox (who rent themselves out to anyone with a dollar) tried to download it - I said NO, and Firefox didn't download it. Next time I used Chrome ... there it was.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Danielle LLoyd||2/26/13 9:36 PM|
This Ask engine was annoying me so much!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Wendy Comeau||2/27/13 8:35 AM|
this does not work for me. when I try to uninstall from program a pop up says I must close google first. I have tried over and over again and there is not a program running yet the same window pops up and will not let me proceed with the uninstall.
I have also tried to remove it as an extension but I am blocked from this as well. I can view the 'enable' but I can not uncheck. I am the only user on my personal computer so that is not the issue
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||keegfoster||2/27/13 9:35 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Elizabeth K. Gordon||2/27/13 11:37 AM|
thanks for that! It's the only thing that worked.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mark Temple||2/27/13 11:42 AM|
That is correct; none of solutions here would let me delete ASK, and it is fouling up Google Chrome. As much as I don't want to, I am almost ready to uninstall Google Chrome.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Johnny Z||2/27/13 2:18 PM|
So I have to install another program to remove one?!? Then have windows registry fouled up even more? Please Google, help us out here!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Wendy Wallin||3/1/13 12:54 PM|
OMG, going to Chrome settings finally removed it for me! I had tried everything -- tools, uninstall from Control Panel, I can't even remember what all else. Thanks!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||farnal||3/1/13 4:48 PM|
I struggled with this also. I removed every trace or so I thought with a power uninstaller but the toolbar was still in Chrome. I finally went into an Ask forum and found this uninstaller program called "toolbar remover" which required a reboot but worked perfectly. Here's the link. Scroll down a bit.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Steph Smith||3/1/13 8:02 PM|
how do i remove the ask too bar?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Dan Van Hoy||3/1/13 8:33 PM|
I could not remove the Ask tool bar from Chrome (it said it was a "managed" extension and thus could not be removed...interesting) or uninstall it via the Control Panel (got an error message, nothing uninstalled).
Finally, I used the SYSTEM RESTORE function of Windows 7 to take me back to the time just before the Java update and accidental install (too big a hurry, forgot to uncheck the Ask install) of the Ask Tool bar. It worked! All is well now.
Just type RESTORE at the Start Menu and click on "restore your computer to an earlier time (Win7)." Scroll down and find the Java update that included the Ask Tool bar (note the date/time), select that and with any luck RESTORE will return everything as it was before.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||farnal||3/1/13 8:58 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||AliWoo||3/2/13 4:45 AM|
I uninstalled it in control panel successfully. Thanks anyway everyone.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||AliWoo||3/2/13 4:45 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Irene Wallhausser||3/2/13 5:00 AM|
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox users can remove the Ask toolbar by downloading this removal utility:
After downloading the utility, please close all open browser windows. Then run the utility; after it completes, please restart your computer. Restarting the computer is necessary to complete the removal.
Note to Chrome users: After restarting, you may see still see Ask as your default search provider in Chrome. If so, follow these steps:
Click on the three horizontal lines icon In the upper right-hand corner of Your Chrome browser.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Irene Wallhausser||3/2/13 5:03 AM|
I uninstalled Google Chrome on one of my computers, but it still didn't remove the toolbar in Explorer. Check out my post below, it worked perfectly
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Left Bank Books||3/2/13 7:43 AM|
Thank you! Worked perfectly.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||norqdo||3/3/13 9:08 AM|
the enabled box refuses to uncheck itself. will not budge for hours. later it does. then the ask extension will not disappear. i still have that damn toolbar there. i tried the control panel thing. it does not recognize "ask toolbar". when did we all have to become computer scientists in order run our damn computers? this whole world of extensions is a new thing. it sucks. period. we can no longer customize our own screens.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Brendan Weaver||3/3/13 3:43 PM|
Start menu > Control Panel > Add or remove programs > remove ask tool bar
this worked for me. it removed the actual toolbar from chrome
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Gayle Skipper||3/3/13 11:57 PM|
Ask has installed itself in google chrome and I would like to remove it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||austinpowers||3/4/13 12:43 PM|
I had the same problem. The first bullet point worked for me. I had extension installed by a third party and I disabled them and sent them to the trash. Now Google shows up when I open a new tab.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||cws123||3/6/13 5:09 AM|
Thank You so much - you are my hero
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Katherine Ledbetter||3/6/13 10:49 PM|
Bless you.this is the only one that worked for me.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Katherine Ledbetter||3/6/13 10:49 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ashanti||3/8/13 10:33 AM|
Thanks a lot out of all the responses your was simple and worked the best.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||deebeebrooks||3/11/13 3:24 AM|
This worked great but remember to close all other programs before tpying ask toolbar, then click unistall.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||isop31||3/13/13 8:46 AM|
thank you, your advice helped me remove that awful ask toolbar.
the issue I was experiencing ever since some program Ive downloaded a day before, every time I was doing a search in the address bar my results would come back in "ask", whereas they used to be in google format. I found it really annoying.
I uninstalled the ask from my programs in control panel, then re-installed chrome and it wouldnt help.
then I tried your advice and it WORKED!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||kee hong sio||3/13/13 9:13 PM|
Yes, goto Control Panel and uninstall it
The Ask Toolbar is totally irritating!!!! It makes us unable to read the multiple sheet in Google drive' spreadsheet!!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Trevor Koch||3/14/13 8:09 AM|
Its almost impossible to get rid of, however, in Win 7 use system restore and go back to the last time Java was installed or updated and restore PRIOR to that point, it should be gone, if not, go back to the previous Java and do another system restore. Its Malware installed with Java.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Kalpdutt Pandya||3/15/13 12:41 PM|
I AM NOT ABLE TO DELETE ASK.COM , IN EXTENSION TOOL BOX MESSAGE SHOWS
HELL WITH THIS ASK.COM , IT COVERS MUCH SPACE ON CHROME PAGE
Convenient tools and links to make your browsing more enjoyable. If you wish to uninstall the toolbar, please try the following steps: Windows Start Menu > Control Panel > Programs (Add/Remove Programs for older versions) > Programs and Features > Select your extension and click "Uninstall". For more information, please visit: http://about.ask.com/apn/uninstall
(This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled.)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Brandon Morrison||3/15/13 7:50 PM|
You da man!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||choro||3/15/13 9:02 PM|
Bullshit! It doesn't work. I uninstalled mine. So it doesn't show up in Control Panel> Uninstall programs and yet it is still firmly stuck there. I can show it or hide it but that's about all I can do.
If I go to settings>extensions and try to unclick it there nothing happens.
This sort of intrusive behaviour should be an International Crime punishable by a fine of millions of dollars payable to the United Nations.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Trevor Koch||3/15/13 11:36 PM|
Yup should be banned and punished....do a system restore before your last Java install or update. It attaches with Java update..... gotta love java.....
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||hezzer stroby||3/16/13 5:47 AM|
yeah but it wont lemme turn it off , the bin isn't next to it and it wont let me click the disable
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Irshad Mavani||3/16/13 10:33 PM|
when i click uninstall is says this screen shot below
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Irshad Mavani||3/16/13 10:43 PM|
If uninstalling it in control panel didnt work.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Richard Hanson||3/17/13 2:19 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||sandra kanaki||3/17/13 8:36 PM|
yeah i don't know how to get rid of it i downloaded something and it popped up and i don't want it anymore...
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||cosmoquark||3/17/13 11:05 PM|
Thanks, Mickavellian. Of all the tips given in this forum --- and I tried them all --- yours is the only one that worked. Thank you for helping me get rid of the Ask.com toolbar. Life is good again. Incidentally, everyone here should sign the petition at Change.org to Larry Ellison and Oracle Corp. asking them to unbundle Ask.com from Java updates. Here's the link: https://www.change.org/.../oracle-corporation-stop-bundling-ask-toolbar-with -the-java-installer
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||PGA Chef||3/18/13 12:48 AM|
Taylor5, Thank you! That was very annoying. I owe u one.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mark Proffitt||3/18/13 8:57 AM|
That does not work. It does not show up.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Lindsay Ball||3/19/13 3:48 PM|
Thank you so much for your answer. I had the ask tool bar, and it was driving me crazy. Your steps were easy, and now it is gone!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||celi curiel||3/19/13 4:04 PM|
thank youuuu! it was so annoying
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 8:53 PM|
Wow, I can't believe this answer written for 6 year olds was chosen as BEST answer by 'level 12' handsomeorlandoman.
The instructions actually tell us to 'type in ASK toolbar' on SEARCH in Uninstall Programs? LMAO Because we won't just see it right there?
You think we're so stupid we didn't think of UNINSTALLING the toolbar?
Uninstalling the ASK TOOLBAR from the control panel does NOT remove it from your computer. The only thing it does is stop the toolbar from popping up automatically. The ASK ICON is still on the google browser extension bar and the toolbar is still in google extensions. not only that, it is permanently ENABLED, the check box is locked into the enabled position AND there is no option to remove the extension *that little garbage can* IF you right click the ICON on the browser, the other extensions have 3 choices OPTIONS, REMOVE from CHROME, and HIDE BUTTON. THE ASK TOOLBAR ONLY HAS ONE CHOICE "HIDE"
Be sure to tell people to uninstall the ASK UPDATE program as well.
One doesn't need to uninstall it to 'hide' the toolbar, the toolbar has an option to 'hide' and I think the entire thing is very unscrupulous. WHEN I UNINSTALLED the program did not say
successfully uninstalled it said SUCCESSFULLY STOPPED, which is different, and it did not get off my computer.
WE want it GONE and off our computer. It SUCKS memory and CPU. It's an unwanted guest that never asked for permission to stay.
The only thing that I have seen universal agreement on to remove it, is a special 'toolbar remover' program from ASK itself. But I really don't want to download another executable file from them.
Someone else mentioned AVAST BROWSER CLEANUP, AdwCleaner. SEE THIS LINK: http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-ask-toolbar-and-search/#comment-22760
BEST INFORMATION YET TO TRULY REMOVE THE ASK TOOLBAR.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 8:57 PM|
It doesn't work, because it's not meant to work. The uninstall doesn't uninstall the program, it only hides the toolbar from view on your browser.
There is a link in that article to download a toolbar removal program, but I am very hesitant to download anything else from that piece of crap lying company.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 8:58 PM|
HA !! I love you for posting that petition. I'm going to sign that !!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 8:59 PM|
It came with your JAVA UPDATE !!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 9:08 PM|
Did you look in your extensions? Because it might not be your default search engine, if that's what you changed in settings, but the toolbar will still show up as an enabled extension, and even if you can't see the process running, it will run in the background and SUCK MEMORY.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 9:11 PM|
EXACTLY !!! The enabled button is checked and LOCKED in the enabled position, there is no 'garbage can' tool to remove the extension, it runs in the background and sucks up resources. ALL uninstall does is help it hide.
There are registry key edits, etc. The thing is a parasite.
Try this site where they ACTUALLY try to help people instead of arrogant moderators checking 'best answer' on whatever 'looks right' without having done any research on the issue. OR more likely, they chose
their own answer.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bunny Infidel||3/19/13 9:14 PM|
Another TRICK by ASK to force people to keep their crappy program. In order to close all chrome 'windows' make sure all chrome processes are closed in your TASK MANAGER. Not in the current programs
tab, but in the processes tab. If necessary, click the 'see all user processes' button. There will probably be a google*32 process running.
Those bastards background processes never stop running, I would love to know what it is doing.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Bassem Bizreh||3/21/13 3:01 PM|
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mary McFarland||3/23/13 1:25 AM|
This finally worked! Thank you!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||angryatbsaddons||4/2/13 2:08 AM|
The only thing that worked to remove the ask tool bar was to uninstall the program that it was attached to, then uninstall chrome, then uninstall ask toolbar. Otherwise, the ask toolbar would not uninstall. And I STILL see it lurking as a disabled add on in explorer.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||James MacDougall||4/2/13 8:32 PM|
I had it installed along with a Java update by Oracle. I'm using Windows 7. I went to my control panel and uninstalled and it is gone now.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||eaccents||4/8/13 11:00 AM|
This worked for me on a Windows 8 machine:
I had to use the removal app.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||patrickjosephmoss||4/9/13 3:10 AM|
But it says Chrome needs to close in order to Uninstall Ask Toolbar from Control Panel, when you close Chrome it's still running in back ground so you have to go to Start and MSCONFIG then Start Up then uncheck Chrome so it doesn't start up in background, then restart then go to Control Panel and uninstall but if you click Chrome by auto pilot when starting up Chrome will tick itself back on Start Up so you would have to do it again! Please share.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||bluebutterfly||4/11/13 5:02 AM|
I stumbled on a solution to this. Go into your Chrome settings and scroll to the bottom and click on Advanced settings. Scroll to the bottom and uncheck "Continue running background aps when Google Chrome is closed." NOW go to the control panel, add or remove programs and the ask toolbar should remove easily. Worked for me! Good Luck!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||bluebutterfly||4/11/13 5:05 AM|
The answer to this seems to be to go into your chrome settings, click on the advanced tab and uncheck the box by "Keep apps running in the background when Chrome is closed. THEN go to the control panel and remove the ask toolbar. This worked for me with XP.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||saiga duiker||4/12/13 10:07 AM|
thanks everyone this helped me too!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ghada Missaoui||4/18/13 4:33 AM|
I love you :D
This is the only solution that actually worked!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||yei sulu||4/20/13 9:15 AM|
on windows to PREVENT this from happening again AFTER removal
re-create the directory: c:\program files\Ask.com
remove all entities except "Administrators" and "SYSTEM"
edit each one to:
* clear all permissions
For better results install a f/OSS application to monitor changes requiring system permissions and block/prompt
SpyBot Search & Destroy (a freeware anti-malware tool has a utility that does that AFAIK "teapot"
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Terri Oakley||4/20/13 4:05 PM|
Ask has installed itself in google chrome and I would like to remove it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||M Derhalli||4/28/13 8:58 PM|
I am having the same problem. I have alredy tried all the suggestions and nothing works. I have tried to unstall the ask tool bar and the ask updater but it wont let me do either. I tried to disable the tool bar in chrome with the same result. if anyone figures this out please let me know.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ina Moss||4/28/13 9:22 PM|
My page is too large. I cannot see the scroll capability on the right side of the page. I cannot read my emails by scrolling or reduce the size of the page to allow this. Please send feedback asap! Thanks!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||qurys||4/30/13 8:29 AM|
It was not in the control panel....it was not listed under any search engines under settings...but I went to the extensions tab and there was something from imesh(?) and I disable that...and Ask.com was gone. Thank you
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|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||mondakranta saikia||5/3/13 11:11 PM|
Thank you. This worked out for me :)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Tori Littlefield||5/13/13 2:25 PM|
This does not work for windows 7 which does not list tool bars in its "Programs and Features" folder. Ask tool bar and other toolbars do not appear there
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mary Newing||5/17/13 4:07 AM|
thank you! i am so glad to rid of this annoying thing
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Alexander Rupp||5/18/13 11:28 AM|
Java makes you download ask toolbar and because most people are lazy they fast download java and don't relies that the installer asks you if you want ask or not.
So if all the other solutions don't works, that's why.
How to fix it:
go to the control panel->Programs->uninstall programs. there you delete ALL java programs and re download it.
BUT be careful when pushing next. If you see the ask question say NO.
hope that helped :) (should) ;)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Wolfram Smith||6/2/13 11:02 PM|
it seems to be easy as you said, but Ask Toolbar didn't appear on ControlPanel nor Chrome setting !!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||rhibeemommy78||6/6/13 10:11 PM|
ITS AN AVG TOOLBAR ISSUE! Go under control panel and uninstall the AVG TOOLBAR IF YOU HAVE IT.
If you don't have that go uninstall the ADBLOCK extension and get a different one.
Or try the other stuff listed.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||william diem||6/9/13 10:07 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Paola Alpresa Gutiérrez||6/27/13 7:54 AM|
On Saturday, September 3, 2011 1:55:06 AM UTC+1, †Dragontatt† wrote:
> Right click the address bar>Edit Search Engines>delete Ask.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Natalie Gilbert||6/27/13 10:13 AM|
After going to delete, the left of the page has options listed, go to Extension, and trash the Ask! finally gone!!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Cindy Farmer||7/8/13 6:32 AM|
Thank you for this suggestion. I have finally gotten rid of it! Now to do the same on my home computer!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Brian Vanderploeg||7/19/13 8:06 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Kenny Chang||7/23/13 10:53 AM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Augustin Woohyeon||7/25/13 10:46 PM|
CHROME SETTING & CONTROL(TOP, ROGHT AT CHROME BROWSER)----Setting---Start group-----Page setting-----Delete ASK.COM----CONFIRM
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Eric Pratt||7/29/13 8:33 AM|
Not a single one of these work. OF COURSE all that would be where to start to try and get rid of the MF'ing default search engine. It's not your fault, but not sure WHY Ask.com even exists, useless 100% of the time. Spybot or whatever you use to get rid of things like this is the only thing that will work, for about 5 minutes...waste your time all you want with the "default search engine" or the "set home page" or "delete ask.com" all you want, isn't going to help for very long. Then add "ask.com" to your blocked list...
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Darlene Benauer||8/3/13 10:11 AM|
right clicking the address bar and choosing another search engine other than ask as default worked for me. thanks.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Chelsea Graf||8/5/13 12:07 PM|
How do I get rid of the "ask" toolbar?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Mike-2013||8/13/13 3:42 PM|
I use ww.dodego.com which is very user-friendly homepage.I'd recommend it to everyone.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Dave Walters Sr.||8/15/13 6:30 AM|
Thanks for all the suggestions. I went to the former wrench icon, which still shows as the wrench on the tab. I selected settings. There was no option called "extensions" but there was one called "search." I selected search and changed my prefered search engine back to google. I could not find any file to uninstall on my computer. I tried several search terms.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||lynnette15||8/18/13 9:21 PM|
where is the control panel?
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Daragh O Conchuir||8/23/13 1:08 AM|
Thanks a million - sorted. Such an irritant.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Billy Bush||8/26/13 3:36 AM|
ned to delete ask.com tool bar but when i do it wont let me
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||VENKAT SRIDHARA||9/12/13 4:17 AM|
perfect bro i could kill the bitch
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||steven deason||9/27/13 3:20 AM|
Please try this manual removal guide http://helpremoveviruses.blogspot.com/2013/09/ask-search-toolbar-removal-help-get-rid.html
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Shay Whelen||9/27/13 3:08 PM|
Click on the three horizontal bars next to the star at the address bar (Customize and control Google Chrome) then click on the SETTINGS on the drop-down menu. Scroll down to SEARCH and then either click the small search engine menu list or click the tab beside it "Manage search engines...". Click the ASK toolbar and click "delete" and choose "Google" as your search browser.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Catherine Clancy||10/14/13 5:45 AM|
theres no ask toolbar in my programs to uninstall where is it? its hiding and I cant type in on search while in uninstall programs no search area
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Kazou1||10/14/13 5:43 PM|
I tried everything that was stated and nothing worked.
I use Chrome so I did a search of history, looking for ASK, to find what I had done recently. Looking at the Google searches I found that I had installed an extension called "Dictionary Boss" which is powered by Ask. By deleting the App, I got rid of the toolbar.
It is not the Ask Toolbar but powered by Ask. Check what you have installed lately. Hope this was helpful.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Doug Huston||10/25/13 4:57 AM|
Thanks no one else hit this ,I downloaded same ,dhj
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Cheryl Morton||11/6/13 5:00 AM|
Thank you. I've been trying for days to get rid of Ask.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Leo Buckle||11/6/13 7:37 AM|
click on toolbar options in the toolbar and then follow the instructions
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Norma Barta||11/10/13 1:23 PM|
Ask has installed itself in google chrome and I would like to remove it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||T. Swift||11/11/13 8:02 PM|
go to wrench icon > tools > Task Manager then delete ask.com
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||MagWag||11/14/13 3:35 PM||<This message has been deleted.>|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||MagWag||11/14/13 3:37 PM|
On Friday, 27 September 2013 23:08:57 UTC+1, Shay Whelen wrote:
Thank you...I had uninstalled the Ask program in control panel and restarted Chrome but it still appeared. After following your instructions it's gone! :-)
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||MagWag||11/14/13 3:39 PM||<This message has been deleted.>|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||shirley bickford||11/18/13 10:46 PM|
i need to get the search bars off my home page
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Valerie Rawlinson||11/21/13 12:50 PM|
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Valerie Rawlinson||11/21/13 1:21 PM|
None of these recommendations below work. How do I even find Ask on my computer. Apart from the annoying toolbar and search engine.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ankit Sharma||11/21/13 2:15 PM|
Does this help? See this help article here
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Semmeh||11/22/13 6:06 AM|
I've been digging through the comments here and similar topics but I haven't found a clear answer to what I've encountered (and apparently you too) on a friend's laptop.
Nothing related to Ask.com or any unwanted stuff/toolbars was listed in Windows' add/remove program list nor under Chrome's extensions, but whenever Chrome was started, it loaded the Ask search page and used Ask to search using the omnibox. Each time I changed the default search engines and home page, it reverted back to Ask after restarting the browser.
I ran a scan with both AVG and Spybot S&D in order to get rid of this thing. I still cannot phantom why Spybot overlooked it.
This was my fix:
Eventually I found the Movies Toolbar folder under Program Files (x86) but was unable to manually delete it due to some stuff working in the background but Task Manager did not show anything strange.
I just went on to manually delete the folder's content until only a few .dll files were left, renamed the files to some nonsense, rebooted and was then able to delete them.
Now Chrome uses the preferred startpage and search engine.
Btw, you might want to try the same on IE: get rid of the Ask search engine, download the google one, set to default and tick the box that prevents any 3rd party crap from changing it.
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Ionut Zoro||11/23/13 1:06 PM|
Enter C:\Users\your pc nme\AppData\Local and delete VNT folder
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Amy Wayne||11/28/13 9:00 AM|
I spent a lot of wasted time trying all of these methods without success. What finally worked for me was going to the 3 bars at the top right (Chrome) go to Settings - Advanced settings - reset browser settings. This will set to original default and will get rid of the extension. The extension is hidden somewhere.
This worked! Finally!
|Re: how do I get rid of the "Ask" search toolbar||Paul Zec||12/2/13 4:19 PM|
Go to the three yellow bars near the top right of google and go to settings. Under search you will see a drop down box with what you have chosen as your search engine. Just change it to google if that is what you want. If that doesn't hold then go to advanced settings and at the bottom you will see reset browser settings. Just go back to default and hit the reset choice and it will go back to google.