What does the ToolbarUpdater.exe file do?
The ToolbarUpdater.exe process is also known as ToolbarU Application or, as the case may be, Toolbar Updater and is a part of AVG Technologies or, as the case may be, ToolbarU Application. This software is produced by AVG Secure Search or, as the case may be, AVG Technologies (www.freeavg.com). An obsolete or defective version of ToolbarUpdater.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ToolbarU Application has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ToolbarU Application 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)
- ToolbarUpdater.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ToolbarUpdater.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ToolbarUpdater.exe ToolbarU Application
ToolbarUpdater.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. ToolbarUpdater.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,734,680 bytes (6% of all these files), 1,820,184 bytes as well as 47 other variants.
It is the service "vToolbarUpdater14.2.0".
The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. ToolbarUpdater.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 22% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A ToolbarUpdater.exe file has a 78% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the Windows Temp directory. In this case, the file size is usually 508,416 bytes (85% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 513,536 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The ToolbarUpdater file is not part of the Windows operating system. It also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. ToolbarUpdater.exe is capable of connect to the Internet as well as interpret keystrokes.
- A ToolbarUpdater.exe file has a 82% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 517,632 bytes. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. ToolbarUpdater.exe also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. ToolbarUpdater.exe is capable of send data out to the Internet as well as record keystrokes.
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 ToolbarUpdater.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 ToolbarUpdater?
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 AVG Technologies or ToolbarU Application
To remove ToolbarU Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate AVG Technologies or ToolbarU Application in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if ToolbarUpdater.exe (ToolbarU Application) 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 ToolbarU Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ToolbarU Application 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 ToolbarUpdater.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.