How do I remove the Ask toolbar from Google Chrome

How do I remove the Ask toolbar from Google Chrome

I’m not sure how I got this darn thing, but I have been downloading a few different drawing packages so I’m assuming I allowed it entry from something there.

What was happening is that every time I put a word in the address bar (omnibox) – whereas normally it would bring up Google search – this annoying Ask search thing would come up.

Look what happens when I type in Walk Off The Earth in the address bar……   <– see my review there – Great Band


These are Asksupports instructions that didn’t work for me but they might for you.

To remove the Ask Tool Bar from Chrome

– In an open Chrome browser, click on the Wrench In the top right-hand corner of the browser window.
– Hover over Tools In the menu that appears and click on Extensions.
– Locate the Ask extension and click the Remove button next to it.
– Click Uninstall In the box that appears.
– Close and re-open your browser.To reset your Chrome homepage, please follow the steps listed below:- Click the Wrench icon on the toolbar.
– Select “Options” (Preferences on Mac and Linux; Settings on a Chromebook).
– Click the “Basics” tab and find the “Home page” section.
– Enter your desired homepage in the section labeled “Open this page”To reset your default search provider for Chrome, follow these steps:- Continuing under the “Basics” tab, select the search engine you want to use from the dropdown box next to the “Search” label.
– If the search engine you want to use doesn’t appear in the menu, click “Manage search engines”.
– In the “Search Engines” window that appears, make your selection from the list provided.
– Click the “Make Default” button that appears next to your selection and your choice will be saved.


I couldn’t see an Ask Extension in Google, then I was told it was a Foxit extension, well I didn’t have that either, so I disabled all extensions, and restarted, it was still there.

Then I looked in settings……

Click on the top right, of Google Chrome they say wrench but mine is just three lines.

Customise and control Google Chrome

Click settings

Look down the page to Search

Mine looked like this – DUH!

All I had to do is change Ask – to Google, and it was done, no restarting or anything.

So easy and yet, so annoying as it was thought to be an extension – I will now have to check that this doesn’t change when I restart my computer, which would mean I have a hijack somewhere, but for now, Google is back !

Now thats a search! 🙂


Hope this helps you too.



Facebook’s new Ticker, can I remove it? Yes, you can!

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I think most of us already have Facebook’s new Ticker even though it was just announced just yesterday by Mark Zuckerburg at the F8 Keynote.

What is Ticker?

Ticker is that box on the right hand side of your screen that is whizzing through all of your friends activity in real time ( a bit like Twitter ) It shows you a brief summary of the update and if you want to see more you can click on it.  I believe this will be used more when all of the changes have taken place.

I don’t like Facebook’s news ticker, how do I remove it?

However, many users are asking how to get rid of, or remove ticker because a) Its annoying or b) its is slowing their internet down. There are a few spam messages going around where people are asking you to copy and paste it too your friends, but it doesn’t actually work, I’m told.

Edit: see below for solution!

The upshot of that seems to be that Facebook doesn’t allow you remover the News Ticker – you can only make it smaller by moving the horizontal bar between ticker chat.  Slide up the bar to hide ticker which then makes your chat list taller.

 Here it is open .. notice the updates appear from the top to the bottom of the screen, always moving and updating.

 And here Facebook’s Ticker is closed, you can only see two updates, which just appear to flicker now and then – Chat is off.

See, its a not so bad, its a nice place……. (I know what you are going to say next!) Ah shuddapa your face-book 🙂

If you have found a way to remove it, please let us know.

@Patti_OShea Author on Twitter said she used Ad Blocker Elements to hide the Ticker in Firefox and Facebook Purity to hide it in Chrome. – but that its actually still there but she can only see a white block now, not all of the messages flying by. 


EDIT!! Great News.

There are now two Chrome extensions available to remove the Facebook News Ticker

Disable FB Sidebar Ticker – Ticker Disable – actually asked for access to all of my websites so I wasn’t too keen on installing that one.

Facebook News Ticker Remover

Where as this one  just asked for access to Facebook – I installed this – as easy as pie – and the Ticker was gone.

So this must mean that other browsers might have or that if you hate the news ticker you should use the Chrome browser – I’m not sure why you wouldn’t be using that or Firefox anyway.

Edit: Here is a Facebook Ticker removal for Firefox or Mozilla –

Hope this helps.