What is GenericAskToolbar.dll?

GenericAskToolbar.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 Ask Toolbar.

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GenericAskToolbar.dll file information

The process known as Ask Toolbar or Toolbar or Search-Results Toolbar or Avira SearchFree Toolbar

belongs to software Toolbar or Ask Toolbar or Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer or Avery Toolbar or Play DVD or Toolbar or Foxit PDF Creator Toolbar

by Ask ( or ( or Search-Results.

Description: GenericAskToolbar.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. GenericAskToolbar.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 1,400,712 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 1,197,448 bytes and 36 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 D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440. The program has no visible window. GenericAskToolbar.dll is a Verisign signed file. It is able to monitor web browsers. The GenericAskToolbar.dll file is certified by a trustworthy company. The GenericAskToolbar.dll file is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. GenericAskToolbar.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If you run into problems with GenericAskToolbar.dll, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Ask Toolbar or Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer)
  2) look for help [1][2] from the software company ASK.

Recommended: Identify GenericAskToolbar.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GenericAskToolbar.dll. Therefore, you should check the GenericAskToolbar.dll 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

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  robert packer  
It is messing up my internet connection
F-Secure security program doesn't regognise this program and as a default it wouldn't let it make a contact to the Internet
  Tuomo K  
Appears to be monitoring my internet, yet when I try to hunt it down, it says that the file no longer exists. I'm concerned if my computer is being haunted by the malware ghost of an intrusive toolbar or Trojan. Virus protection gets nothing, only security task manager seems to pick it up.

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Summary: Average user rating of GenericAskToolbar.dll: based on 12 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think GenericAskToolbar.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think GenericAskToolbar.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving GenericAskToolbar issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GenericAskToolbar. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 GenericAskToolbar.dll 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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