How to Completely Remove AskBar Toolbar

AskBar Toolbar is a Browser Helper Object or BHO. According to Wikipedia, a BHO is a DLL module designed as a plugin for a web browser to provide added functionality. BHOs were introduced in October 1997 with the release of version 4 of Internet Explorer but is now utilized in most browsers.

It is available for download from Ask.com and just like most toolbars, AskBar has the capability to track the browsing activity of users for the purpose of suggesting relevant content to respond to keyword queries.

We decided to conduct a test on this to personally experience having AskBar Toolbar in our browser. We used Firefox for this test.

We found out that AskBar is also integrated in File Transfer Protocol or FTP program installations but the user has the option to install or not. But some users are uncomfortable having AskBar so they prefer to uninstall it.

We also discovered during our test that files associated to AskBar are not completely removed during the browser uninstallation process. This is what happened to one of our readers, as shown in his comment in our post "Latest Threats". So we present to you now the guide to completely remove the AskBar Toolbar as promised.

How to completely remove the AskBar Toolbar:

Part 1

1. Open Firefox.
2. Go to Tools \ Add-ons.
3. Highlight "Askbar Toolbar" and then click Uninstall.
4. Restart Firefox.

Part 2

After uninstalling AskBar in Firefox:
1. Open CCleaner (if you don't have it yet, click here to download latest version).
2. Click "Cleaner", click "Analyze" and then click "Run cleaner".
3. Click "Registry" and then "Scan for Issues".
4. You will see "Obsolete software key | AskBarDis | HKCU\Software\AskBarDis".
5. Click "Fix selected issues...", close CCleaner.

Part 3

1. Open HijackThis (download from this site).
2. In the main window, click "Scan".
3. Select / mark the following:
  • O2 - BHO: AskBar BHO - {201f27d4-3704-41d6-89c1-aa35e39143ed} - C:\Program Files\AskBarDis\bar\bin\askBar.dll
  • O3 - Toolbar: Ask Toolbar - {3041d03e-fd4b-44e0-b742-2d9b88305f98} - C:\Program Files\AskBarDis\bar\bin\askBar.dll
Also delete if you see the following:
  • O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [AskSBar Uninstall] rundll32 C:\PROGRA~1\UNINST~1.DLL,O -3)
4. Click "Fixed check", "Yes" and then "Ok".
5. Click "Main Menu", click "View the List of backups".
6. Select / mark the same registry files which were deleted in Step number 3.
7. In the right pane, click "Delete", or "Delete All" and then "Yes".
8. Close HijackThis and you're done.

Optional: Run CCleaner once more before you restart computer.

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