Increasingly recognized as malware, the Ask toolbar is a search tool that is regularly bundled and offered along with other products during installation. The Ask toolbar changes your browser homepage and replaces your default search engine without permission.
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Additionally, it can cause your browser to slow to a crawl and trigger redirected searches or failed keyword searches. These inconveniences make it easy to see why it’s in your best interest to remove the toolbar from your device.
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In some cases, a “bad” add-on can’t be removed directly via the browser menu, because removal is blocked by an add-on protector.
How do I recognize that an Ask add-on has been installed on my browser?
Note: There are several types of Ask toolbars available. Depending on the browser and the add-on version, a “New Tab” extension may also be included.