How to Manually Remove the Ask Toolbar

By Jason Artman

Ask.com is an Internet search engine that first became famous due to its ability to accept natural language queries phrased as complete sentences. Although Ask.com has since evolved into a more traditional Internet search engine, it remains popular today. Ask.com has a browser toolbar that users can download for free. The toolbar adds a line to the top of the browser window from which users can access Ask.com directly, as well as other popular websites such as YouTube.com and CNN.com. If you have tried the Ask.com toolbar and decided that you would rather not use it, you can remove the toolbar manually by accessing the removal function within the toolbar itself.

Step 1

Open your Web browser and click the down-facing arrow on the far right side of the Ask.com toolbar, next to the word "Options."

Step 2

Click "Uninstall." A "Windows Installer" window appears and displays the message, "Are you sure you want to uninstall this product?"

Step 3

Click "Yes." A new window appears asking you to close the browser.

Step 4

Close the Web browser, and then click "OK." After a few moments, Windows completes the removal of the Ask.com toolbar and returns to the desktop.

Step 5

Restart the computer before using the Web browser again.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you prefer to remove the Ask.com toolbar using built-in Windows functions, open the Control Panel and launch the "Add or Remove Programs," "Programs and Features" or "Uninstall a Program" icon, depending on which version of Windows is on your computer.