Ask.com is a search engine focused on finding answers to questions. It maintains partnerships with a number of software developers, so when you install some programs, the Ask Toolbar is automatically installed as well.
How to remove Ask Toolbar from your browser?
The installation of the Ask toolbar can be canceled by unchecking the corresponding checkboxes during the installation process. However, many users forget to configure the installation settings or do not know how to do it, with the result that the panel is installed anyway. If you do not plan to use the Ask Toolbar, it’s worth learning how to remove Ask from your computer.
To get started, close your browser and go to the section installing and uninstalling programs in the Control Panel (in Windows 7 it is called Programs and Features). Find Ask Toolbar in the list of installed programs (for easy search, programs can be sorted by name or by date of installation). If the Ask toolbar is in the list, select it by clicking the left mouse button and click “Delete”.
If the Ask panel is not in the list, or if you didn’t manage to permanently remove it using this method, try remove the panel directly in the browser… The Ask toolbar is installed as a browser add-on / extension, so there will be a different removal method for each browser.
In addition, when you install the toolbar, ask.com is often set as the default search engine, so you will need to return to the search engine you are used to using. Let’s see how to remove Ask.com toolbar from different browsers and change default search engine.
To remove Ask.com from your browser Internet Explorer click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the browser window or use the Alt + X keyboard shortcut. Select the option “Configure add-ons”, and then in the window that opens, select “Toolbars and extensions”. Find the Ask toolbar in the list, select it by clicking the left mouse button and click the “Disable” button.
For default search changes in Internet Explorer, click the arrow to the right of the search box (a magnifying glass will appear next to it). Then you need to select the “Manage search providers” command, select the desired search engine, click the “Default search” button, and then – “Close”.
To remove the Ask Toolbar from the browser Firefox, click on the “Tools” menu item and select the “Add-ons” item from the drop-down list, you can also use the Ctrl + Shift + A keyboard shortcut for this purpose. In the “Extensions” tab, find the Ask toolbar and click “Disable” or “Remove”, then restart your browser.
To change the default search, type about: config in the address bar of your browser and press Enter. If a warning appears, click the “I promise I’ll be careful!” or the Enter key on your keyboard. Enter the parameter in the “Search” line keyword.URL… Double-click on it with the left mouse button, a window will open, in which you will need to enter the parameter value, which will determine the default search engine.
If you want to use as your main search engine Google, enter the following text: http://www.google.com/search?&q= (instead of google.com you can use google.ru, google.com.ua, etc.). If you prefer Yandex, the parameter value will be as follows: http://yandex.ru/yandsearch?text=. Click OK.
This method should work not only in Google Chrome, but also in other Chromium-based browsers, for example, Yandex Browser.
For remove toolbar you need to enter the browser menu, to do this, click the button with the image of three horizontal stripes in the upper right corner or use the Alt + F key combination. Hover the mouse cursor over the “Tools” item and select the “Extensions” item from the drop-down menu. Find Ask Toolbar in the list of extensions and uncheck the Enabled checkbox to disable it, or click on the trash can icon to remove it.
To change the default search engine, select the “Settings” item in the browser menu and in the “Search” section menu select a search engine from the dropdown list.
After removing the toolbar, do not forget to restart your browser for the changes to take effect (this applies to all browsers). If the above steps did not help, you can download special program to uninstall Ask Toolbar from ask.com by this link.
So that you do not have to fiddle with uninstalling Ask.com from your browser when installing new programs always check the list of installed components and uncheck the boxes next to the Ask.com toolbar and any additional toolbars and applications that you don’t need to install.