Danger level 9
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's

Hotbar

Hotbar may seem as a fun and entertaining browser’s add-on, which can allow you to personalize email accounts or other browser plug-ins, apply Internet Explorer skins. Even though this service may seem attractive to you and does not signal any danger, you should realize that this is a double-dealing application, which could initiate highly risky operations within your personal computer; therefore, it is a must to have Hotbar removed as soon as possible.

The malignant Hotbar plug-in is an adware downloader that can be applied to the aforementioned IE, as well as the Microsoft Office Outlook and Outlook Express systems, and it may offer to install its free version. When installed within the browser, the add-on displays a toolbar with icons of advertisement links and displays search engine results that sponsor the application first, which means that this tool is based on online advertisements. Additionally, the installed toolbar’s search engine filters results, blocking some of the essential queries, like those revolving around Hotbar’s removal. What is more, the add-on is also available in a Premium version that needs to be purchased, and all of these traits indicate that the application might be linked to highly questionable, possibly criminal processes.

The suspicious Hotbar was investigated back in 2006 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which stated that the company behind the application (Zango) was believed to be involved in questionable business practices. FTC proposed that the company was one of the biggest adware distributors in the world and claimed that they had broken the law by infecting computers with adware and then blocking the removal of Hotbar and other high-risk applications. Due to the accusations, the activity of Zango was terminated in 2010, which also indicated the end of Hotbar. Nonetheless, the application remains active in those computers, whose owners failed to remove the plug-in.

The malicious Hotbar may present pop-ups, install adware into the system, and, therefore, could be potentially used to initiate the installation of such malicious programs as Live Security Platinum. The dangerous plug-in may collect your browsing habits and record other personal information, which could allow cyber criminals to offer fictitious antispywares to help you remove malware from your computer. This could be very attractive if you wanted to delete Hotbar itself; nonetheless, you must realize that all information presented (whilst the toolbar is still active) should be treated as misleading and potentially dangerous.

It is very important to have Hotbar deleted as soon as possible, and the first step towards successful removal should be executed within the Control Panel, where you will be able to uninstall (remove) the malicious program. This, however, will not delete the remaining add-on’s components that could help the infectious plug-in to regenerate. If you are experienced at manual malware removal, you should run Regedit, remove infectious keys and other items from the list below. If this process is unfamiliar to you, please use reliable automatic removal tools instead.

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How to manually remove Hotbar

Files associated with Hotbar infection:

ShprRprt.dll
SBTV.exe
SpamBlockerUtility.exe
SpamBlocker.exe
SbSrv.exe
SbGuard.exe
SBTVHelper.dll
SbWallpaper.dll
SBUISkin.dll
SBUIRes.dll
SBTrayAppPS.dll
SbToolbar.dll
SBSrvPS.dll
SBOLExt.dll
SBOLExp.dll
SbInstIE.dll
SbHostOL.dll
SbHostOE.dll
SbHostIE.dll
SbCoreSrv.dll
SBClientSinkPS.dll
ASAPCom.dll
jesjzwcf.exe
SbOEAddOn.exe
SBInst.exe
hbtvau.dat
hbtv_kyf.dat
hbtv_gdf.dat
nsn17.dll
HBTV.exe
HBTVHelper.dll
ShprRprtHbt.exe
hbroolbar.mlp
hbsrv.mlp
hbrpt.dll
hbinstie.xip
hbinst.xip
hbhostol.mlp
hbhostoe.mlp
hbhostie.mlp
hbcoresrv.mlp
install.scr
hbtoolbar.dll
hbsrv.exe
hbinst.exe
hbhostol.dll
hbhostoe.dll
hbhostie.dll
hbcoresrv.dll
dbenderc.dll
hotbar.inf
hotbar.log
Contact.dll
Wallpaper.dll
HbOEAddOn.exe
ShprRprt.dll
HbtWeatherOnTray.exe
HbtSrv.exe
HbTools.exe
HbtGuard.exe
Cml.exe
HbtUninst.exe
country.exe
HbtAds.dll
btntrans1.dat
HbtOEAddOn.exe
HbInstIE.dll
eticpigk.exe
hbtcoresrv.exe
hbtguard22.exe
hotbar[1].cab
adopt.hotbar
hbtcoresrv.dll
hbthostie.dll
hbthostoe.dll
hbthostol.dll
hbtinstie.dll
hbttoolbar.dll
hbtwallpaper.dll
hbttoolbar.exe
hbtwallpap.exe
ijpmkxbl.exe
hitwqczw.exe
itfucjrx.exe
hbtweather.exe
hotbar.exe

Hotbar DLL's to remove:

ShprRprt.dll
SBTVHelper.dll
SbWallpaper.dll
SBUISkin.dll
SBUIRes.dll
SBTrayAppPS.dll
SbToolbar.dll
SBSrvPS.dll
SBOLExt.dll
SBOLExp.dll
SbInstIE.dll
SbHostOL.dll
SbHostOE.dll
SbHostIE.dll
SbCoreSrv.dll
SBClientSinkPS.dll
ASAPCom.dll
nsn17.dll
HBTVHelper.dll
hbrpt.dll
hbtoolbar.dll
hbhostol.dll
hbhostoe.dll
hbhostie.dll
hbcoresrv.dll
dbenderc.dll
Contact.dll
Wallpaper.dll
ShprRprt.dll
HbtAds.dll
HbInstIE.dll
hbtcoresrv.dll
hbthostie.dll
hbthostoe.dll
hbthostol.dll
hbtinstie.dll
hbttoolbar.dll
hbtwallpaper.dll

Hotbar processes to kill:

SBTV.exe
SpamBlockerUtility.exe
SpamBlocker.exe
SbSrv.exe
SbGuard.exe
jesjzwcf.exe
SbOEAddOn.exe
SBInst.exe
HBTV.exe
ShprRprtHbt.exe
hbsrv.exe
hbinst.exe
HbOEAddOn.exe
HbtWeatherOnTray.exe
HbtSrv.exe
HbTools.exe
HbtGuard.exe
Cml.exe
HbtUninst.exe
country.exe
HbtOEAddOn.exe
eticpigk.exe
hbtcoresrv.exe
hbtguard22.exe
hbttoolbar.exe
hbtwallpap.exe
ijpmkxbl.exe
hitwqczw.exe
itfucjrx.exe
hbtweather.exe
hotbar.exe

Remove Hotbar registry entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbaruninstall
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbaradisplayname
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbarainstalllocation
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbarapublisher
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbarauninstallstring
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbaraversionmajor
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\hotbaraversionminor
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\hotbar\hotbar\installbarversion
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\hotbar\hotbar\installbarversion_prv
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\hotbar\hotbar\installcomponents
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\hotbar\hotbar\installcreatedate
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\hotbar\hotbar\installcreatedatedw
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\hbttoolbar.hbttoolbarctl
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