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What is updatetask.exe?

What is it?

Ask.com Update Task (updatetask.exe) is a program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
Description of updatetask.exe from the publisher
Ask Toolbar lets you perform a search from wherever you are on the Web. It's free to download and fits right in your browser. No matter what site you're visiting, simply go to the Ask Toolbar already in your browser, and type in your search. Additional features include map information, the latest headlines, financial stock quotes and market-performance information, weather, a dictionary, and local event listings. The toolbar is dynamically upgradable; when a new feature is added, it will automatically update to your installed version.
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How does updatetask.exe run?

Process - updatetask.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. updatetask.exe is executed by the process taskeng.exe (Task Scheduler Engine by Microsoft).

How does updatetask.exe start?

Scheduled task - updatetask.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the updatetask.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of updatetask.exe users, 82.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\ask.com\updatetask.exe

Are there other versions of updatetask.exe?

What programs install updatetask.exe?

Ask Toolbar by Ask.com - The Ask Toolbar is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning) during the installation of other software. Ask.com
Program URL: help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/Article/1/How-do-I-remove-the-Ask-com-Toolbar
Program help URL: help.mysearch.com/searchbar.html
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 1.57 MB
KMPlayer Toolbar by Ask.com - This toolbar is typiclaly bundled with the installation of the free KMPlayer software. KMPlayer Toolbar gets installed through bundled software. The default settings will automatically install the KMPlayer Toolbar as soo
Program URL: www.kmpmedia.net/
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 3.84 MB
League of Legends by Riot Games - League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows. Players are formed into 2 even teams of Champions, 3v3 or 5v5. League of Legends is a
Program URL: www.RiotGames.com
Install path: C:\Riot Games
Size: 3.53 MB
Support.com Toolbar by Ask.com - Support.com Toolbar is an Ask.com powered toolbar. The Ask Toolbar is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning)
Program URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 3.64 MB
VirtualDJ Toolbar by Ask.com - VirtualDJ Toolbar is an Ask.com powered toolbar. The Ask Toolbar is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning)
Program URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 3.57 MB
MP3 Rocket Toolbar by Ask.com - MP3 Rocket Toolbar , powered by ASK, is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning) during the installation of oth
Program URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 3.78 MB
Dictionary.com Toolbar by Ask.com - The DictionaryBoss Toolbar installs into your Internet browser and allows you to search the Internet with Ask, a potentially unwanted program that changes and redircts all of your search results as well as DNS errors, an
Program URL: help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/Article/1/How-do-I-remove-the-Ask-com-Toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 2.18 MB
Ask Toolbar for Pogo by Ask.com - Ask Toolbar for Pogo, powered by ASK, is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning) during the installation of ot
Program URL: help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/Article/1/How-do-I-remove-the-Ask-com-Toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 3.69 MB
ooVoo toolbar, powered by Ask.com by Ask.com - ooVoo Toolbar is typically installed via a monetized software bundle through the Ask.com Partner Network. It is essentially a branded Ask toolbar licensed for ooVoo LLC. The plugin will install with Internet Explorer,
Program URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\ask.com\assets\oobe
Size: 3.57 MB
PandoraTV Toolbar by Ask.com - PandoraTV Toolbar, powered by ASK, is a web-browser add-on that can appear as an extra bar added to the browser's window and/or menu. It is often installed (sometimes without warning) during the installation of other
Program URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\ask.com\assets\oobe
Size: 2.22 MB
SUPERAntiSpyware Toolbar Powered by Ask.com by Ask.com - SUPERAntiSpyware Toolbar Powered by Ask.com is a potentially unwanted web browser app that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user'
Program URL: sp.ask.com/toolbar
Program help URL: about.ask.com/en/docs/about/index.shtml
Install path: C:\Program Files\Ask.com\
Size: 3.64 MB

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
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File details

File name: updatetask.exe
Size: 131.66 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: Ask.com
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 6/18/2014

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0015002683%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001272268%
User CPU: 0.00137304147781%
Memory utilization averages
Min working set memory: 0 Bytes

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Ask.com\UpdateTask.exe"

Scheduled task details

Name: Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar
Command: \Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar

Image hashes

MD5: 2a474c9dbb9fbac669d86149f7ce5ff3
SHA-1: c2eaff8ee17caa897838770f3344b4822a587cbf
SHA-256: 61b8df37dcc31e4843eedd12d3cb6d0831f4a8b9a5d28ccd305feaa904d7874f

PE image details

File packed: No
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