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How Do I Purge Ask.com from my Computer (vanity)
Self | 3/19/14 | lafroste

Posted on 03/19/2014 7:11:35 AM PDT by lafroste

I made the grave mistake of downloading the app for Ask.com. The stupid thing took over my browser and is causing a variety of computer glitches. Now, instead of google, my "default" search engine is Ask.com. I find it to be totally unusable. The search results are bizarre and off topic and completely worthless. My question is how do I get rid of the d@&ned thing. It's not listed as software by my computer so I can't uninstall it. How do I get rid of this invasive and destructive parasite? Thank you for your help (I love this place)


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1 posted on 03/19/2014 7:11:35 AM PDT by lafroste
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To: lafroste

Are you logged in?


2 posted on 03/19/2014 7:12:42 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: lafroste

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-ask-toolbar-and-search/


3 posted on 03/19/2014 7:13:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: lafroste

Sometimes you can go into toolbars and uncheck it.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 7:13:21 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: lafroste

Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware or Piriform’s CCleaner ought to be able to dig it out of there for you. CCleaner will let you target just that one, while Ad-Aware will go through and clean out *all* the crap that has accumulated in your browser.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 7:13:49 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: lafroste

Sounds like an add-on for the browser, you should be able to disable it


6 posted on 03/19/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: lafroste

Major bump for later.


7 posted on 03/19/2014 7:17:36 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: lafroste

Instructions via PCmag.com:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421591,00.asp


8 posted on 03/19/2014 7:17:37 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: lafroste

Did you ask Ask.com?


9 posted on 03/19/2014 7:18:43 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GeronL

In FireFox, you can manage your search engines by clicking on that arrow that points downward in the search engine toolbar (not sure that’s what it is called).


10 posted on 03/19/2014 7:18:50 AM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: GSWarrior
"Did you ask Ask.com?"

Priceless!

11 posted on 03/19/2014 7:21:42 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: lafroste
This thread is a good place to remind folks to watch carefully when they install or upgrade any application. Many "offer" free toolbars or search engines.

Look carefully, and you will see that nearly all "freebies" have a box that is checked by default to say - yes...install this too. You have to be sure to uncheck the boxes next to any unwanted extras before installing.

This is beyond annoying. I have worked on some computers that have so many toolbars that there is hardly any room left for the browser window.

12 posted on 03/19/2014 7:28:12 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: lafroste

Had a similar problem recently. I caught a “getsavin” exploit. It would add hyperlinks to text of web pages that linked to other sites. Was not an installed program. I finally got rid of it with a full scan using Malwarebytes.

There are malware removal forums out there as well that I have used. They do not react quickly (volunteers) but have helped me in the past.


13 posted on 03/19/2014 7:28:23 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: hsmomx3

Probbly need to go in first and remove the toolbar with a program that does a thorough uninstall like this:

http://download.cnet.com/IObit-Uninstaller/3000-2096_4-75161625.html

Depending on your browser you will either need to disable the Ask.com extension in Google Chrome or the BHO (browser helper object) in Internet Explorer. You will be able to find them in your browser menu:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/113907?hl=en
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/298931


14 posted on 03/19/2014 7:30:03 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: lafroste

Type in the question “What happened to Jeeves?”

It will go into a logical conundrum spin-cycle and it’s head will explode like that android in that classic episode of Star Trek.


15 posted on 03/19/2014 7:30:15 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mygirlsmom
This thread is a good place to remind folks to watch carefully when they install or upgrade any application.

Pretty sure that is how I got jacked. It was, ironically, from doing an "online scan."

16 posted on 03/19/2014 7:30:53 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: lafroste

I think they may have in entry in Add/Remove Programs(Programs and Features in Win7) within the Control Panel.

It could also be a browser addon than can be disabled/removed.

Google it. I’m SURE you aren’t the only one who has ran into this.


17 posted on 03/19/2014 7:35:11 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: lafroste

tagged for later view


18 posted on 03/19/2014 7:35:44 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: lafroste

free tool called ccleaner is helpful for a lot of these things.


19 posted on 03/19/2014 7:36:41 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Mygirlsmom
"Look carefully, and you will see that nearly all "freebies" have a box that is checked by default to say - yes...install this too. You have to be sure to uncheck the boxes next to any unwanted extras before installing."

Just to add - Often times, when installing a 'free' application, you have to choose the 'Advanced Installation' option during the install to reach the point where you can unselect the unwanted addon apps they bundle in with the installer.

20 posted on 03/19/2014 7:38:24 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: lafroste
You don't say what your OS is. I'm currently using XP Windows. A similar thing has happened to me.

Go to Start>Control Panel>Internet Options. Highlighted in blue should be "ask." Delete that and type in http://www.google.com.

Or you might try system restore to go back to before you downloaded the app.

21 posted on 03/19/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Are you logged in?

That still cracks me up every time.

22 posted on 03/19/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: liege

I tried that. It’s not listed in the tool bar either.


23 posted on 03/19/2014 7:41:06 AM PDT by lafroste
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To: lafroste

There should be a special ring in hell for those who put ads on software download pages that mimic the download icon.


24 posted on 03/19/2014 7:42:28 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Oracle, with their Java, is the main perp, and how this guy ended up with Ask.com on their browser.

Ellison, in Hell? I’d take those odds.

Special ring? Maybe.


25 posted on 03/19/2014 7:46:45 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: LouAvul

I tried your suggestion. My “internet options” is frozen. I can’t access it. Another glitch that I was unaware of. BTW: I am using Firefox browser, and my OS is Windows 7.


26 posted on 03/19/2014 7:48:39 AM PDT by lafroste
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To: jsanders2001

Be careful of cnet-they have been known to deliver adware/spyware along with what you are actually interested in.

http://insecure.org/news/download-com-fiasco.html


27 posted on 03/19/2014 7:49:15 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: laotzu
Are you logged in?

That still cracks me up every time.

Here ya go

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28 posted on 03/19/2014 7:51:11 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: lafroste

Fina a lawyer, start a class action suit, become the lead plantiff, and make millions.


29 posted on 03/19/2014 7:52:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: lafroste

I had that happen It was awful. I googled how to get rid of Ask on another computer. I got rid of it, but can’t remember now what I did.


30 posted on 03/19/2014 8:00:45 AM PDT by dforest
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To: lafroste

Use the Add-ons Manager to remove the toolbar [from Firefox]

In most cases, third-party toolbars can be uninstalled from Firefox Add-ons Manager Extensions list, as follows:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox buttonOn the menu bar, click on the Tools menuAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.
  3. Select the toolbar you wish to remove.
  4. Click the Remove button.
  5. Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.

If you can't remove the toolbar from the Add-ons Manager, use the "Disable" option as a workaround, or see the Cannot uninstall an add-on article for other solutions.

31 posted on 03/19/2014 8:06:05 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: lafroste

System restore to a previous date


32 posted on 03/19/2014 8:22:36 AM PDT by globoreally
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To: lafroste

When you get ready to install your search engine use Ixquick instead of google. That is unless you like being followed.


33 posted on 03/19/2014 8:41:19 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: globoreally

I had this problem, and tried most of the “solutions” mentioned here, and more. None worked.

Or, rather, they’d work, and then the problem would resurface when I shut the system off and restarted it.

System restore worked.


34 posted on 03/19/2014 8:47:10 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: lafroste

Sorry. Can you use System Restore?


35 posted on 03/19/2014 8:50:21 AM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: lafroste
Instructions via PCmag.com:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421591,00.asp

This is the right process to use. However I would follow up with Malwarebytes to root out any other malware that might have invaded your computer. I use Firefox as my default browser and have had less problem with these parasite programs.

36 posted on 03/19/2014 8:51:46 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: laotzu

LOL!

Below is one of my favorite threads of all time.

You don’t even need to read the guys long diatribe.

Just read the replies....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/553341/posts


37 posted on 03/19/2014 9:51:44 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Fresh Wind

> Be careful of cnet-they have been known to deliver adware/spyware along with what you are actually interested in.

http://insecure.org/news/download-com-fiasco.html

If you lick the wrong links and use a downloader, yes. I usually lick on the link to the app designer’s webite and download it from there


38 posted on 03/19/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: The Great RJ

My wife got hit with a redirector that Malwarebytes could not remove. Microsoft Safety Scan did the trick.


39 posted on 03/19/2014 10:38:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: lafroste

Just follow Google instructions... Then Ask.com and everything else on your computer can be replaced by Google apps... photos, videos, games, toolbars, favorites, all Googlized for your convenience and sent to the g-cloud for access by the Federal Googlement.


40 posted on 03/19/2014 11:40:34 AM PDT by Rainier1789 (My Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: jsanders2001

> Be careful of cnet-they have been known to deliver adware/spyware along with what you are actually interested in.

http://insecure.org/news/download-com-fiasco.html

If you lick the wrong links and use a downloader, yes. I usually lick on the link to the app designer’s webite and download it from there

Meant click...$&@# mobile devices...


41 posted on 03/19/2014 11:54:46 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Rainier1789

I googled it and got rid of ask.com, then I got rid of google!


42 posted on 03/19/2014 11:58:43 AM PDT by dforest
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To: jsanders2001

Can we disable the nation’s BHO?


43 posted on 03/19/2014 12:02:46 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: lafroste; a fool in paradise

What’s wrong wif Axe.com?


44 posted on 03/19/2014 12:07:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Axe Ask how to!


45 posted on 03/19/2014 12:08:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: lafroste

Try “HiJackThis!”. It gets rid of tool bars and browser helper objects (BHOs).


46 posted on 03/19/2014 12:11:59 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: lafroste

You have to first burn your computer to the ground ...then you can rebuild it


47 posted on 03/19/2014 12:13:08 PM PDT by woofie
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To: lafroste

Gasp! This is such a common problem. When installing freeware or shareware always click the Custom Installation or Advanced Installation option which usually allows you to uncheck installation of additional free products. Then after you’ve installed the crapware you couldn’t live without, go to the Control Panel, click on Uninstall a Program, check the list to see if anything other than what you wanted was installed and uninstall it. Make it a habit if you download lots of freebies. Also, avoid CNET’s download.com as the source of you programs, as it installs things whether you want them or not. I use majorgeeks.com as my source.


48 posted on 03/19/2014 12:18:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: lafroste
. My “internet options” is frozen. I can’t access it. Another glitch that I was unaware of. BTW: I am using Firefox browser, and my OS is Windows 7.

In Firefox try this. Go to tools. Go to add ons. Look over extensions and plug ins. If it's there disable and /or remove.

While you're there look for Yontoo (tool bar) Yank it if you got it.

49 posted on 03/19/2014 12:19:04 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
How Have We Become a Nation of Dumbies?

Dumby...you know, Pokey's friend! ("I'm Dumby, Gammit!)

-------------------------------------------------------

Seriously funny shiite right there. Thank you for sharing.

50 posted on 03/19/2014 1:11:20 PM PDT by laotzu
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