The Ask Jeeves Toolbar is a dangerous browser hijacker that installed on the windows based computers as an add-on tool. This browser hijacker is able to hijack all the major browsers that include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Once installed, it changes almost all the settings of your browser, and redirects all your searches towards ask.com.  This tool is used by the hackers to make money by using illicit means. The Ask Jeeves Toolbar presents itself as a legitimate application, some of its features are useful also, but overall this is extremely dangerous as it makes your browsing extremely slow. Besides that, it also runs annoying pop-up ads on the screen which makes it almost impossible to perform any task on your computer. It also changes your homepage, along with the default search engine to ask.com which is also annoying.

 

The Instructions for Manual Removal of Ask Jeeves Toolbar

After knowing that the Ask Jeeves Toolbar is installed on your computer, you have to remove this malicious application from the infected PC immediately. You can remove this tricky virus by using any automatic removal tool, or manually. The manual removal method of this browser hijacker virus is complicated which consists of the following steps:-

 

Select the Safe Mode

The first step of this complicated process is to start the system in the safe mode. You have to reboot the system when your computer is running in the normal mode by just restarting it. When the system is in restarting process, use F8 key to see the boot option menu, and select the safe mode option from the available list, before press Enter key to boot your computer in the safe mode.

Remove the Associated Processes

The next thing which you need to do is, removal of the processes related to the Ask Jeeves Toolbar that are running in the background. You can do this by starting task manager window which is accessed by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together. Once the task manager window is visible on your screen, you have to click on the processes tab, where a list of running processes is available from which you have to delete the following processes related to this threat:-

  • %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

Remove the Files and Folders

The next important task which you need to do is remove the files, and folders attached to this dangerous browser hijacker. In this regard following are some suspicious files:-

  • %Desktopdir%\Ask Jeeves Toolbar .lnk
  • %Programs%\Ask Jeeves Toolbar \Ask Jeeves Toolbar .lnk

Remove the Corrupt Registry Entries

The manual removal completes when you remove the registry entries created in the windows registry by this dangerous browser hijacker. You have to open the registry editor by using the Regedit command which can be executed through Run option available in the Start menu. Once the registry editor stated, you have to remove the following entries, and close the registry editor:-

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ask Jeeves Toolbar \DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ask Jeeves Toolbar
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ask Jeeves Toolbar \UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ask Jeeves Toolbar \ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ask Jeeves Toolbar \DisplayName Ask Jeeves Toolbar

 

 

How to Remove Ask Jeeves Toolbar ?
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