What is Ask Toolbar?
The Ask Search toolbar is a browser extension that allows you to search the Web using the Ask.com search engine directly from the browser. It collects and stores information about your web browsing habits so the distributor can suggest services or serve advertisements to you.
Ask Toolbar comes bundled as part of various other applications and add-ons, but the most common culprit happens to be Oracle’s Java (as if Java wasn’t already problematic enough!). During the software installation process, you are shown a checkbox that says, “Install the Ask Toolbar and make Ask my default search provider.” The checkbox is already checked on, by default.
How to remove Ask Toolbar?
Scan your computer with Adware Cleaner for Mac. Adware Cleaner will free your computer from annoying adware, malicious hijacker programs and unwanted toolbars.
How to manually remove Ask Toolbar?
First of all, choose another search engine (Google, yahoo, Bing) and make it your default search engine in your browser preferences.
Now remove the ask extension from the effected browser;
Apple Safari users;
Click Safari Menu > Preferences and then goto Extensions. Uninstall the Ask Toolbar and Ask Search extension. Also remove any other extensions you do not recognize. (See Remove Extensions from Safari for more detailed instructions)
Mozilla Firefox users;
Go to TOOLS and then click MANAGE ADD-ON, From there, select Extensions, Toolbars and remove the Ask Toolbar and Ask Search if found (See Remove Extensions from Firefox for more detailed instructions)
Google Chrome Users:
Click SETTINGS icon and select SETTINGS, then open Extensions, toolbar, search provider options, remove the Ask Toolbar and Ask Search if listed there. (See Remove Extensions from Chrome for more detailed instructions)
Also locate and delete the following file;