What is the a9srchas.dll component needed for?Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.
The a9srchas.dll process is also known as Ask.com Search Assistant and is a part of Ask Search Assistant. This software is produced by Ask.com (www.ask.com). An obsolete or defective version of a9srchas.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Ask.com Search Assistant has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Ask.com Search Assistant has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- a9srchas.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module a9srchas.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about a9srchas.dll Ask.com Search Assistant
a9srchas.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. A9srchas.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 61,440 bytes.
This DLL file is a browser plug-in. This could mean that your Internet Explorer has been given additional useful capabilities. However, not all such plug-ins are worthwhile. Some just display advertisements or surreptitiously change your browser settings. The unique identifer of the browser plug-in is 0A94B111-4504-4e26-AB05-E61E474AA38B. This a9srchas.dll process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. The a9srchas file is not part of the Windows operating system. For this reason, 58% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves a9srchas.dll. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about a9srchas?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Ask Search Assistant
To remove Ask.com Search Assistant from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Ask Search Assistant in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if a9srchas.dll (Ask.com Search Assistant) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Ask.com Search Assistant. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Ask.com Search Assistant or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or a9srchas.dll is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.