Danger level 5
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Hot Search Toolbar

Hot Search Toolbar is often categorized as browser hijacker, but the truth is that such applications do not enter your system surreptitiously. Users often install these plugins themselves without even realizing it. It happens, because Hot Search Toolbar arrives bundled with freeware, when a user intended to download and install a completely different application. Either way, this plugin presents a number of security threats and does not allow you to properly operate your browser, so you should remove Hot Search Toolbar from your PC right now.

Luckily, since this plugin is not a malicious computer infection, it is not hard to remove it manually. Nevertheless, after manual removal, you need to run a full system scan with SpyHunter free scanner. It may be that there are other potentially unwanted programs active on your PC, and you just do not know about it. In case you detect other unwanted programs besides Hot Search Toolbar, invest in a powerful antimalware tool and remove everything automatically.

In order to terminate Hot Search Toolbar, you need to reset your browser back to default settings. One of the reasons why you are strongly recommended to remove Hot Search Toolbar, is the fact that it can display third party advertisements that could be related to malware distribution. Also, if this plugin changes your home page address, it could collect information on your web browsing habits, and although the plugin itself does not intend to use this data for malicious purposes, if Hot Search Toolbar gets hacked by a third party, all of your data could be leaked to cyber criminals.

Therefore, remove Hot Search Toolbar from your PC right now, and safeguard it against similar applications by invest in a reliable antimalware tool. And next time be careful about what you install on your computer.

How to reset the Internet browser

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+X and go to Internet options.
  2. Open Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. Select Delete personal settings option and click Reset again.
  4. Once the reset is complete, press Close and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the orange Firefox button and select Help.
  2. Click Troubleshooting information for another tab to open.
  3. Click Reset Firefox on the new tab.
  4. Press Reset Firefox again and wait for the reset to finish.
  5. Once it is done, click Finish.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Tools.
  2. Click Extensions and remove undesirable add-ons.
  3. Click Settings on the left.
  4. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages and click Set pages.
  5. Change your home page address and press OK.
  6. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  7. Set a new default search engine and remove undesirable search provider. Click Done.

In case you have any other questions about Hot Search Toolbar removal, leave us a comment.

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How to manually remove Hot Search Toolbar

Files associated with Hot Search Toolbar infection:


Hot Search Toolbar DLL's to remove:


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