What is TBNotifier.exe?

TBNotifier.exe is an executable file that belongs to Ask Toolbar. If you have this file running in your system, and you see it in the running processes list on Task Manager, it means that you have Ask Toolbar installed on your computer as well. Most of the time security experts classify TBNotifier.exe as a safe file, because Ask Toolbar is not a computer infection. Nevertheless, considering the fact that Ask Toolbar is often counted as a potentially unwanted program, it is probable that you might want to remove TBNotifier.exe from your computer as well. It is possible to remove the file by uninstalling the toolbar, so do refer to the instructions below this article on Ask Toolbar Removal.

Where does TBNotifier.exe come from?

Since TBNotifier.exe is installed together with Ask Toolbar, it means that the file is directly related to the toolbar’s distribution process. As one might expect such a browser extension as Ask Toolbar is usually promoted legally at the official website. It is said that this toolbar is devised by Ask search engine, but it is rather peculiar, because Ask Search has left the search engine market back in 2011. So, either this is a residual toolbar that is still circulating online, or someone is making use of the product to promote and distribute their own content. That is why users are highly recommended to remove Ask Toolbar and consequently TBNotifier.exe from their computers in order to prevent any potential security threats.

What does TBNotifier.exe do?

The file running in your system means that the toolbar is active, and it might be installed on either browser – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. The main problem related to the file and the toolbar itself, is that it could be a part of a third party advertising network and display pop-up advertisements that contain third party content. This way, even malicious third parties could embed their own content into the ads, and Ask Toolbar (as well as TBNotifier.exe) inadvertently becomes responsible for malware distribution. Consequently Ask Toolbar cannot be held responsible for any malicious programs entering your system, because its Privacy Policy does not cover third party content.

How to remove TBNotifier.exe?

As it has been mentioned above, in order to remove TBNotifier.exe file, you need to get rid of the browser extension. If after manual removal you still see TBNotifier.exe running in your Task Manager, scan your PC with SpyHunter free scanner to intercept all the remaining unwanted files on your computer. Then invest in a powerful computer security program to delete TBNotifier.exe and other potentially dangerous files automatically. Do all that is necessary to prevent malware from entering your system.

Uninstall Ask Toolbar

Windows 8

  1. Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Click Settings and go to Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Ask Toolbar.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Ask Toolbar.

Windows XP

  1. Open Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  2. Select Add or remove programs and uninstall Ask Toolbar.

Restore browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet options.
  2. Open Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  4. Press Close when the reset is complete.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and click Troubleshooting information.
  2. Click Reset Firefox on a new tab and then click Reset Firefox again.
  3. Click Finish when the reset is complete.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and click Tools. Go to Extensions.
  2. Remove Ask Toolbar from the list. Click Settings on the left.
  3. Select Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  4. Click Set pages and change your home page address. Click OK.
  5. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  6. Set a new default search engine and remove Ask Search. Click Done.

If you have any questions on how to remove undesirable applications from your computer, and what to do with TBNotifier.exe, do leave a comment in the box below.

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  1. Hi,
    I have TBNotifier.exe *32 running on my computer
    per task manager and I have never seen it there before. It indicates it is associated with ASK Toolbar but I cannot find ASK toolbar listed on
    my programs and so can not uninstall it.
    What to do?

    • Hello James,

      In this case ask toolbar leftovers are still in your computer. Do you remove ask toolbar from browsers? which browser do you use?

  2. Hi, I have same problem like James and i use chrome browser and dont have it in extenction. May i remove it manuali from program files or that is not recommend. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Jovan,

      I suggest you remove TBNotifier.exe not only from the Program Files but from your browser's extensions as well. Manual removal is always advisable but I strongly urge you to scan the system for any possible leftovers that the parasite may have shuttled into your system.

  3. Hi Lisa, solved my slow PC issue thanks to your recommendations. Thank you, Clive UK

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