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How to clean out of the registry

Updated April 17, 2017

The Toolbar is a browser add-on that lets you search the web using the search engine directly from Internet Explorer or Firefox web browsers. However, the 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 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.

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

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

  3. Navigate to the following registry key in the left pane:

  4. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\appdatalow

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

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

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

  8. Navigate to the following registry key in the left pane:

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

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

  11. Close Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

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About the Author

Suvro Banerji is a recent graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism where he earned a dual degree in broadcast news and political science. He began writing professionally in 2005 at KOMU-8 News (NBC) where he worked as a multimedia producer. Banerji has also interned with CNN for two consecutive years.

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