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.
- 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