How to clean ask.com out of the registry

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The Ask.com Toolbar is a browser add-on that lets you search the web using the Ask.com search engine directly from Internet Explorer or Firefox web browsers. However, the Ask.com toolbar may slow down your browser speed. If you don't use it, you can remove it from your system. It's very easy to uninstall the toolbar from your Control Panel, but you can choose to use the manual method to remove Ask.com toolbar from the registry. Keep in mind that manually removing Ask Toolbar can be risky. Your computer may crash and/or important data may be lost if you delete the wrong registry keys.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the Start menu and type "regedit" (without the quotes) in the search box.

  2. 2

    Click "regedit.exe" from the search results. This will launch your Windows registry editor.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the following registry key in the left pane:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\appdatalow

    Right-click "askbardis" and "bar" (one after another) in the right pane and choose "Delete."

  4. 4

    Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\classes\appid in the left pane.

    Right-click "genericasktoolbar.dll" in the right pane and choose "Delete."

  5. 5

    Navigate to the following registry key in the left pane:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\Folders\C:\Program Files.

    Right-click "Ask.com" in the right pane and choose "Delete."

  6. 6

    Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

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