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What is genericasktoolbar.dll?

Part of Toolbar by Ask

What is it?

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 has entered into partnerships with some software security vendors, whereby they are paid to distribute the toolbar alongside their software.

What if I disable Toolbar?

The Ask.com Toolbar has been known to have adverse effect on your web browser's and overall PC's performance and stability. The Ask.com Toolbar is known to monitor your search queries and browsing habits in order to send you targeted ads and modify your search settings and results.
Description of genericasktoolbar.dll 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 genericasktoolbar.dll loaded?

Internet Explorer BHO - The genericasktoolbar.dll BHO has a registered CLSID of {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440}. A Browser Helper Object (BHO) is a module designed as a plugin for Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser to provide added functionality. A BHO can introduce visible changes to a IE's interface, such as installing toolbars, but it can also run without any change to the interface.
Internet Explorer toolbar - The genericasktoolbar.dll browser toolbar extension has a registered CLSID of {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440}. These are the toolbars that are typically underneath the navigation bar and menu in Internet Explorer and are visible as either a full or partial row.
Internet Explorer web browser - genericasktoolbar.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440}. An IE Web Browser application supplements some of Internet Explorer's user interface components for browsing by adding additional features that interact with the Internet Explorer Browser. This is accomplished by utilizing Internet Explorer's layout and rendering engine and extending it.
Internet Explorer URL search hook - The genericasktoolbar.dll IE search hook plugin has a registered CLSID of {00000000-6E41-4FD3-8538-502F5495E5FC}. A URL Search Hook is called by Internet Explorer when the browser cannot determine the protocol (such as http, ftp, etc.) of a URL address. When attempting to navigate to a URL that does not contain a protocol, Internet Explorer first attempts to determine the correct protocol using the unmodified address.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the genericasktoolbar.dll file.Of the 0.3% of genericasktoolbar.dll users, 81.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\ask.com\genericasktoolbar.dll

Are there other versions of Toolbar?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows 7 Home Premium (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: genericasktoolbar.dll
Publisher: Ask (verified)
Name: Toolbar
Description: Ask Toolbar
Version: 5.15.15.35882
Size: 1.45 MB
Original file name: GenericAskToolbar.dll

Digital certificate

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

Internet Explorer BHO details

CLSID: {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440}

Internet Explorer toolbar details

CLSID: {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440}

IE web browser details

CLSID: {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440}

IE URL search hook details

CLSID: {00000000-6E41-4FD3-8538-502F5495E5FC}

Image hashes

MD5: a8472ebdbbaa34abac1d5f432b0bde7e
SHA-1: 0942991d7964334859fefbec03f224a581acbbe7
SHA-256: cd147bb12110cb353361b21c3038d2c2b287d9c2663a821cbae1370e262b8201

PE image details

File entropy: 6.76582
File packed: No
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