What is the askBar.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 askBar.dll process is also known as Ask.com Toolbar or, as the case may be, Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer and is a part of Ask Toolbar or, as the case may be, Foxit Toolbar. This software is produced by Ask.com (www.ask.com). An obsolete or defective version of askBar.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Ask.com Toolbar has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Ask.com Toolbar 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)
- askBar.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module askBar.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about askBar.dll Ask.com Toolbar
askBar.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. AskBar.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 333,192 bytes (59% of all these files), 279,944 bytes, 325,000 bytes, 238,544 bytes or, as the case may be, 238,688 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 5A074B21-F830-49de-A31B-40463F552DA4 or, as the case may be, 5A074B21-F830-49de-A31B-5BB9D7F6B407 or, as the case may be, 201f27d4-3704-41d6-89c1-aa35e39143ed. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. As a plug-in of Windows Internet Explorer, this file has the ability to look over your shoulder as you browse the Web. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. AskBar.dll is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 34% 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 askBar.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 askBar?
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|askbar.dll belongs to Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer from Ask.com, located in C:\Program Files\AskBarDis\bar\bin\askBar.dll |
Summary: 2 users judge askBar.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Ask Toolbar or Foxit Toolbar
To remove Ask.com Toolbar 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 Toolbar or Foxit Toolbar in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if askBar.dll (Ask.com Toolbar) 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 Toolbar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Ask.com Toolbar 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 askBar.dll is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.