How to get rid of the UpdateTask VirusSometimes the UpdateTask file may cloak a virus, e.g. McAfee found RDN/Generic PUP.x!br3 or, as the case may be, RDN/Generic PUP.x!cqx, as well as F-Secure found Adware.DealPly.AL. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with UpdateTask.exe
The UpdateTask.exe process is also known as Ask Toolbar (Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar) or, as the case may be, Avery Toolbar and is a part of Ask Toolbar or, as the case may be, Extended. This software is produced by Ask.com (www.ask.com) or, as the case may be, DealPly Technologies (www.dealply.com). An obsolete or defective version of UpdateTask.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Ask Toolbar has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Ask 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)
- UpdateTask.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module UpdateTask.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about UpdateTask.exe Ask Toolbar
UpdateTask.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file UpdateTask.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 95,232 bytes (16% of all these files), 101,376 bytes as well as 11 other variants.
File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The UpdateTask file is not part of the Windows operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. UpdateTask.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 64% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A UpdateTask.exe file has a 36% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 136,392 bytes (33% of all these files), 476,160 bytes or, as the case may be, 137,864 bytes. The UpdateTask file is not part of the Windows operating system. There is no internal description of the file. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. UpdateTask.exe is capable of track other applications.
Attention: If you find UpdateTask.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about UpdateTask?
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 Toolbar or Extended
To remove Ask Toolbar 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 Ask Toolbar or Extended in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if UpdateTask.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 UpdateTask.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.