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What are the Ask Toolbars?

This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Macintosh OS X, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Browser(s) Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
  • Java version(s): 7.0, 8.0

The Ask Toolbars are integrated with the Java download. During the installation of Java, users are presented with an option of downloading an Ask Toolbar.

Ask offers a variety of toolbars during the Java download depending upon the user acceptance to the offers presented during the download.

  • Ask Search Toolbar: This toolbar is offered to users who have not accepted an Ask toolbar offer presented during the Java download.
  • Ask Shopping Toolbar: This toolbar is offered to users who have already installed the Ask Search toolbar.

These toolbars are installed on the default browser and then on other browsers on subsequent installations.

What are the features of the Ask Search toolbar?

The Ask Search toolbar is a free browser add-on that allows you to search the Web using the search engine directly from the browser. It also includes Facebook notifications and status updates, access to top radio stations and easy access to search, videos, local weather and news.

What are the features of the Ask Shopping toolbar?

The Shopping toolbar by Ask enhances user shopping experience by offering an enhanced shopping search results, links to popular shopping sites and/or content such as coupons, special offers and the latest deals from many merchants. It includes rich content, a variety of product listings and visual product search results.
For more information visit Ask Shopping Toolbar features (

Ask,com toolbar offer example
Example of toolbar offer

What if I do not want to install the toolbars?

If you do not want to install an Ask Toolbar, de-select the options according to your preference (i.e., remove the checks in the boxes). If any of the boxes are selected, an Ask Toolbar will be installed after the Java installation has completed.

Before clicking Next to proceed with the Java installation, review that the checkbox selections match your preferences. Clicking Cancel stops the Java installation.

Chrome browser: After accepting to install the toolbar, you will be prompted to enable or remove the application from Chrome. Make your selection, Enable extension or Remove from Chrome, in order to proceed with the installation.


» How to uninstall the Ask toolbar (
» How to change the default search engine or home page (
» Ask Toolbar help (

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