What is askBar.dll?

The genuine askBar.dll file is a software component of Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer by
The "askbar.dll" file acts as an executable for the toolbar when needed. The file carries data for running search engine functions upon request and it provides search engine operations. The software is developed by, which is one of the top leaders in search engine services.

Askbar stands for Ask Toolbar

AskBar.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Toolbar.

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AskBar.dll file information

The process known as Toolbar or Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer belongs to software Ask Toolbar or Foxit Toolbar or Vuze Toolbar or ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker Toolbar or Toolbar or Ask Toolbar for Internet by (

Description: AskBar.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AskBar.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 333,192 bytes (59% of all occurrences), 279,944 bytes and 4 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 5A074B21-F830-49de-A31B-40463F552DA4 or 5A074B21-F830-49de-A31B-5BB9D7F6B407 or 201f27d4-3704-41d6-89c1-aa35e39143ed. The program is not visible. The askBar.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is not a Windows system file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. AskBar.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Ask Toolbar or Foxit Toolbar, or ask Support team for help. Go to Ask Toolbar or Foxit Toolbar in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or go to for Customer Support.

Recommended: Identify askBar.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as askBar.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the askBar.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Toolbar has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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askbar.dll belongs to Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer from, located in C:\Program Files\AskBarDis\bar\bin\askBar.dll

Summary: Average user rating of askBar.dll: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think askBar.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade askBar.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving askBar issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active askBar process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the askBar.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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