A web browser toolbar allowing direct queries
Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
The Ask.com Toolbar is a multi-functional search bar that integrates Ask.com searches into Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome browsers.
Toolbars are a dime a dozen; just about every company has one. Whether its Google, Yahoo or Ask.com, nearly every company has at least dabbled in the toolbar-making industry. When toolbars offer the right features and functionality, they are extremely helpful add-ons to any browser. However, when done poorly, they become more of a burden. Unfortunately, Ask.com falls into the category of being more trouble than it's worth.
If there is one thing that the Ask.com Toolbar bar has going for itself, it's that it can be used with just about any browser. Once the toolbar is installed, it is very sleek and slim. There is not a bunch of added junk, which is another plus. The layout of the toolbar makes it easy for users to find the functions that they are looking for. For example, the Ask.com icon is located all the way to the left of the toolbar, which acts as a direct link to the Ask.com website.
The toolbar has a built-in search bar that works flawlessly for the most part. When using the search bar to look up something, users have the option of limiting their search results to blogs, stocks, a thesaurus, weather, a dictionary or images. This makes it extremely helpful when looking up very specific things, but it's not as helpful as Google when searching for something in general.
The most useful features of the Ask.com Toolbar are not even the searching options. The toolbar provides access to other tools such as a highlighting function and a page resizing button. While both features are nice additions, the highlighting feature does not seem to work all the time.
The biggest problem with the Ask.com Toolbar is that it's not revolutionary. It does a lot of things but nothing that nearly every other toolbar doesn't do already. Another problem with the Ask.com Toolbar is trying to get rid of it. Unlike other toolbars, uninstalling the Ask.com Toolbar does not fully remove it. This problem in itself makes the Ask.com Toolbar feel more like malware than anything else. Although, there are plenty of online guides that help users fully remove the toolbar from their computer.
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