What is TBNotifier.exe?

The genuine TBNotifier.exe file is a software component of Ask TBNotifier by APN.
The Ask Toolbar Notifier runs in the background and is generally packaged with other applications. It embeds itself in your browser as a toolbar, changes your homepage, and provides a small number of additional features. It provides targeted advertising to you as you browse. The notifier is responsible for displaying pop-up notifications based on your browsing history. This is generally considered a piece of adware.

TbNotifier stands for Ask Toolbar Notifier

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 TBNotifier.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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TBNotifier.exe file information

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

The process known as Ask Toolbar Notifier belongs to software Ask TBNotifier or Search App by Ask or KMP Media Toolbar or Ask Shopping Toolbar or Avira SearchFree Toolbar plus Web or SearchBetter App or Avira SearchFree Toolbar by APN.

Description: TBNotifier.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The TBNotifier.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,934,744 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 1,949,592 bytes and 26 more variants. 
TBNotifier.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is a Verisign signed file. The program has no visible window. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. TBNotifier.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to ask for help from Support or uninstall Search App by Ask or Search App software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify TBNotifier.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as TBNotifier.exe. Therefore, you should check the TBNotifier.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

Ask is annoying, and keeps trying to download the Ask toolbar on IE and Chrome. Delete immediately.
I think this crashes my old browser.
  Fraser Dunn  
Was using 5% of my high-end cpu at all times... couldn't find it in the control panel to deleted because it was called 'AVG Search App by Ask'

Summary: Average user rating of TBNotifier.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user suspects danger. 2 users think TBNotifier.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving TBNotifier issues

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