What is ASKUpgrade.exe?

The genuine ASKUpgrade.exe file is a software component of Toolbar by
"ASKUpgrade.exe" is the Windows executable for the Ask Toolbar Upgrade Engine, which is part of the Toolbar. This file is included in the add-on for web browsers and is often installed by 3rd party software. Oftentimes, it gets installed accidentally. The Toolbar sets the homepage to the search engine and provides quick access links to popular social websites like Facebook and Twitter. It also provides a radio player and lets you customize your browsing experience.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ASKUpgrade.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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ASKUpgrade.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ASKUpgrade
ASKUpgrade.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ASKUpgrade belongs to software Vuze Toolbar or Ask Toolbar by (

Description: ASKUpgrade.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file ASKUpgrade.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 234,888 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. ASKUpgrade.exe is digitally signed. The ASKUpgrade.exe file is not a Windows core file. ASKUpgrade.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Vuze provides a support site for assistance [1][2], and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Vuze Toolbar or Ask Toolbar).

Recommended: Identify ASKUpgrade.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ASKUpgrade.exe. Therefore, you should check the ASKUpgrade.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This file has among its properties the ability to communicate with 3rd party machines and could (possibly) monitor of processes
  Adriano   (further information)
ASKUpgrade.exe is a toolbar installed by Vuze

Summary: Average user rating of ASKUpgrade.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving ASKUpgrade issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ASKUpgrade. 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.

To help you analyze the ASKUpgrade.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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