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What is updatetask.exe?

By Ask

What is it?

Ask Updater 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.

What if I disable updatetask.exe?

If this is disabled the Ask Toolbar will not be automatically updated whan a new version of the toolbar is available. However removing this program will not effect the performance of the Ask Toolbar.
Description of updatetask.exe from Ask
The Ask Toolbar is a free browser add-on that allows you to search the Web using the Ask.com search engine directly from Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. The toolbar software DOES NOT monitor the websites visited by the end user, collect or in any manner report any information about what sites an end users visits (or any click stream activity), nor does it monitor or scrape information when you are on other sites. In short, the Toolbar provides a superior search experience on an ANONYMOUS basis and without any additional monitoring, contextual ads or other nuisances.
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How is updatetask.exe loaded?

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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the updatetask.exe file.Of the 0.2% of updatetask.exe users, 84.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\ask.com\updatetask.exe

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate N (6.1.7601.65536)

About Ask

Founded as Ask Jeeves in 1996 and re-named Ask.com in 2005. In the last few years, Ask has been focusing on its search traffic through various methods, the numb More...
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File details

File name: updatetask.exe
Publisher: Ask (verified)
Description: Ask Updater
Size: 128.88 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: Ask.com
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 6/16/2008
Expiration date: 6/17/2011

Scheduled task details

Name: C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\Scheduled Update for Ask Toolbar.job

Image hashes

MD5: 4b5f5e8f51be2541cd3e066ce175042a
SHA-1: 478e4e2d80c66f13862e087147a91877c447e192
SHA-256: 0476f94ba0466f5f93493ea1994e2c61c71bd3ef753b23ebc9c494e36d36307c

PE image details

File entropy: 6.46134
File packed: No
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