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What does the AskService.exe file do?

The AskService.exe process is also known as Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer and is a part of Vuze Toolbar or, as the case may be, ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker Toolbar. This software is produced by Ask.com (www.ask.com). An obsolete or defective version of AskService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about AskService.exe Ask Toolbar

AskService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file AskService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". The file size is 464,264 bytes.
The file does not supply any version information or other description. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The application can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. AskService.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 49% 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 AskService.exe. 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 AskService?

AskService.exe is related to the Ask Toolbar developed by Ask.com.

Summary: One user judges AskService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall Vuze Toolbar or ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker Toolbar

To remove Ask Toolbar from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Vuze Toolbar or ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker Toolbar in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if AskService.exe (Ask 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 Toolbar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Ask 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 AskService.exe 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.

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