Update on Products with Ask Toolbar

We don’t post updates information of security programs that bundles with Ask Toolbar because of it’s questionable status.  Today, I decided to test detection by antispyware programs whether any of them will still detect anything related with Ask Toolbar.  The result with screenshots is at:  http://www.dozleng.com/updates/topic16253

VIPRE, Malwarebytes, A-squared and Outpost Antispyware/Antimalware programs will detect something.

The installer of Ask Toolbar is also detected by some malware scanners.  The askPopStp.dll and askBar.dll files is also detected as risk.

So our stand to not to post update information on products bundled with Ask Toolbar remains the same.

If it’s clean.. they should work with these vendors to fix their claim as false positive.  Recommending to users to “temporarily disable” their NOD32 or other antivirus programs to allow the installation of products with Ask Toolbar (W32/Adinstaller etc) is NOT recommended.

If it’s undetected by many scanners, only then we should inform users that it is OK to use it (if you like another toolbar).

And if you want to know what programs have Ask Toolbar, please check the “Installers Hall of Shame (Unwanted add-on)” list.at:


Edit:  Our friend BillP (WinPatrol) received another invitation to bundle ASK toolbar in his WinPatrol.  This is the 2nd time he receive the offer and again, he said NO to ASK toolbar again.  Thanks Bill!


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