A lot of users are asking “How to get rid of the ask homepage, ask toolbar and search from Chrome and other browsers”. Well, it’s not so easy task, because ask.com is technically not a virus and your antivirus software will not detect it. You might try some of the most recent anti-malware utilities, but the developers of ask.com are always one step ahead and designing their software to bypass any security software. However, there is a method how to remove ask homepage, search and a toolbar from your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
First of all let’s see what ask.com is. You probably found it set as your default homepage and your default search engine was changed to search.ask.com without your consent. Yes, that’s how this browser hijacker works. It is usually installed on user’s computer silently, together with some third party software (usually freeware from unofficial websites). So if you don’t pay attention while installing freeware programs downloaded from unofficial websites and if you don’t read the EULA before installing the program you might agree on the installation of ask.com or any other malware.
Ask.com might look like legitimate website, but it is actually malicious domain that contains malware, adware and other types of infection. While using search.ask.com you are risking to expose your private confidential information such as your home address, geo-location, IP address and even your logins and passwords. Ask.com browser hijacker collects your browsing history and search queries in order to provide you with ads based on your preferences. All of the collected information might be transferred to the third party companies for marketing purposes. A lot of users reported that they have lost their social network and email accounts while using ask.com hijacker. There are also cases when people were tricked into paying money to unlock their computers from ransomware that was installed by ask.com hijacker.
If you want to delete ask homepage and ask search from your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, we recommend you to follow our step by step tutorial written below. Simply perform all of the steps in the correct order and you will remove ask.com homepage and search.ask.com from your browsers. However, for much easier and much faster removal we recommend to use our removal tool that was specifically designed to detect ask.com hijacker and remove it completely from your computer.
Symptoms of Ask homepage infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for Ask homepage threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the ASK HOMEPAGE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.