How to remove Hotbar

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Malware Hotbar

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Hotbar can be used to attack computers and networks, damage files, enable remote access to a computer from other systems, display advertising, log key strokes, spy and report on user activity, hijack Web browsers, and perform other malicious actions.





How to manually remove Hotbar guide. Only for ADVANCED users.

  • Step 1: Basic check for Hotbar activity

    Check running processes on your system. Usually you can find Hotbar process running. Use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc buttons combination to open system information window and click Processes tab. Scroll down the whole list and try to find the process named like Hotbar. If you find Hotbar process running, right click on it and choose “End Process”. It will disable Hotbar for the current Windows session, but remember that if you do not completely remove Hotbar using next steps, then your PC will stay vulnerable to malware attack. Next steps are much more important in removing Hotbar.

  • Step 2: Disconnect your PC from the Internet

    Prevent the malware from leaking or spreading your personal data. Malware usually uses the Internet to transfer all possible and important information you have. Some Malwares are not so “Active” and they can simply disable some Windows features and options. To disconnect your PC from the Internet you need to plug-off LAN cable (if you use LAN connection) or to turn of the Wi-Fi module (if you use Wi-Fi Internet connection). Most of (not 100%) Malwares can not access Wi-Fi module preferences. Turning off the Internet will disable Hotbar from transferring any data from your PC.

  • Step 3: Enter the safe mode.

    The next step is very important in removing Hotbar. After turning off the Internet and disabling Hotbar process you will need to reboot your PC in so-called Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a Windows mode which allows you to start the System using only important applications and services. Safe Mode does not usually allow Hotbar to load when the system boots (!!!but exceptions can appear!!!). Choose Restart in Windows Start menu and wait until the screen turns off.

    After that you have to follow the next instructions according to the versions of Microsoft Windows you use:

      Windows XP:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Advanced Options Menu and press ENTER.

      Windows Vista, 7:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Use the arrow keys from Windows Advanced Options Menu in order to select Safe Mode and press ENTER.

      Windows 8, 8.1, 10:
    1. Press and hold the Shift button when left-clicking the Restart button on Windows log-on screen.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Troubleshooting boot screen and press ENTER.

  • Step 4: Removing virus files

    Having booted your PC in Safe mode you have to start cleaning your PC manually by deleting every file associated with Hotbar one by one. Here is the list of all files associated with Hotbar. Delete all files listed below using the Shift+Delete buttons combination. Always double check the file name as sometimes Malwares use very similar filenames as very important system files do and you can mistakenly remove important system file what will harm your system and you will not be able to boot your PC at all.

    • 1_Trash.wav

    • 2_Balloon.wav

    • 3_Shot

    • 3158.dat

    • 566217.sdf

    • About

    • ads.cdf

    • ads.xip

    • ASAPCom.dll

    • ASPL1.dat

    • bubbles.cdf

    • business_promo.htm

    • business_promo.xip

    • buttondir.txt

    • Cml.exe

    • components.cdf

    • Contact.dll

    • ctor.dll

    • d_icons_buttons_bar.res

    • d_icons_buttons_bar.xip

    • d_icons_buttons_bbar6.xip

    • d_icons_buttons_logos.res

    • d_icons_buttons_other.res

    • d_icons_buttons_other.xip

    • d_icons_buttons_x.res

    • d_icons_buttons_x.xip

    • d_icons_weather.res

    • d_icons_weather.xip

    • dbenderc.dll

    • Default_categorize.mnu

    • Default_comparison.mnu

    • Default_explorer-Mails.mnu

    • Default_favorites.mnu

    • Default_Games.mnu

    • Default_Hide.mnu

    • Default_hotbarcom.mnu

    • Default_Hotmail.mnu

    • Default_hsskin.mnu

    • Default_Mails.mnu

    • Default_new.mnu

    • Default_premium.mnu

    • Default_ringtone.mnu

    • Default_SearchBoxTrapper.mnu

    • Default_searchfor.mnu

    • Default_searchgo.mnu

    • Default_weather.mnu

    • Default_yellowpages.mnu

    • default.cdf

    • default.xip

    • domains.txt

    • email-def-511724-9595.mnu

    • email-t1-bg.res

    • email-t1-bg.xip

    • Free

    • games2.ico

    • hbcoresrv.dll

    • hbhostie.dll

    • hbhostoe.dll

    • hbhostol.dll

    • hbinst.exe

    • HbInstIE.dll

    • HBLiteSA.exe

    • HBLiteSAAX.dll

    • HBLiteSAHook.dll

    • HbOEAddOn.exe

    • hbsrv.exe

    • HbtCoreSrv.dll

    • HbtGuard.exe

    • HbtHostIE.dll

    • HbtHostOE.dll

    • HbtHostOL.dll

    • HbtInstIE.dll

    • HbtOEAddOn.exe

    • hbtoolbar.dll

    • hbtools.exe

    • HbTools.log

    • HbtSrv.exe

    • HbtToolbar.dll

    • HbtUninst.exe

    • hbtv_gdf.dat

    • hbtv_kyf.dat

    • HBTV.exe

    • hbtvau.dat

    • HBTVHelper.dll

    • HbtWallpaper.dll

    • HbtWeatherOnTray.exe

    • HostIE.dll

    • Hotbar

    • hotbar_promo.htm

    • hotbar_promo.xip

    • hotbar-premium-hotbar-premium.mnu

    • hotbar-premium.cdf

    • hotbar-premium.xip

    • Hotbar.

    • hotbar.dll

    • HotBar.inf

    • HotBar.log

    • HotbarSA.exe

    • HotbarSADF.exe

    • icons2.res

    • icons2.xip

    • iigcfqwt.exe

    • Install.scr

    • keywords_idx.idx

    • keywords_idx.xip

    • keywords_sdf.sdf

    • keywords_sdf.xip

    • keywords.idx

    • keywords.xip

    • keywords1.dat

    • keywords1.xip


    • layout.cdf

    • layout.xip

    • linkpathlegal.txt

    • linkpathlegal.xip

    • ljkockuw.exe

    • npclntax_HBLiteSA.dll

    • OEAddOn.exe

    • progress.res

    • progress.xip

    • qjoqotkv.exe

    • Redemption.dll

    • Redemption.ECF

    • reports.txt

    • Reset

    • s_icons_buttons.res

    • s_icons_buttons.xip

    • samplegroups2.txt

    • SBClientSinkPS.dll

    • SbCoreSrv.dll

    • SbGuard.exe

    • SbHostIE.dll

    • SbHostOE.dll

    • SbHostOL.dll

    • SBInst.exe

    • SbInstIE.dll

    • SbOEAddOn.exe

    • SBOLExp.dll

    • SBOLExt.dll

    • SbSrv.exe

    • SBSrvPS.dll

    • SbToolbar.dll

    • SBTrayAppPS.dll

    • sbtv_gdf.dat

    • sbtv_kyf.dat

    • SBTV.exe

    • sbtvau.dat

    • SBTVHelper.dll

    • SBUIRes.dll

    • SBUISkin.dll

    • SbUninst.exe

    • SbWallpaper.dll

    • SbWeatherOnTray.exe

    • ShopperReports.

    • shprrprt.exe

    • ShprRprtHbt.exe

    • skjgogai.exe

    • SpamBlocker.exe

    • spamblockerutility.exe

    • SpamBlockerUtility.log

    • spigyldz.exe

    • t2_bg.res

    • t2_bg.xip

    • theweb.mnu

    • Top7_theweb.mnu

    • top7.cdf

    • top7.xip

    • tsd_bg.res

    • tsd_bg.xip

    • Uninstall

    • uninstaller.exe

    • vjgeqxce.exe

    • Wallpaper.dll

    • wallpapere1.ico

    • WeatherOnTray.exe

    • WOWpapers.lnk


    Please, remember that viruses are always progressing and sometimes new files can appear. If you are using our offline PDF guide on How to remove Hotbar, please check if you have it’s latest version.

    We do not guarantee that Hotbar has the same file structure at the moment of deleting.

    After removing all files associated with Hotbar that were listed above, reboot your system in normal mode and check if your PC works fine or you still have any troubles.

    It it is OK – congratulations! You have made a great job!

    If it is still NOT ok – use OSHI Defender to check your PC.

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  • How does Hotbar infect my computer?

  • I detected Hotbar on my computer. What do I do?

  • What damage can Hotbar do to my computer?

  • What are the main symptoms of Hotbar?

  • Can Hotbar spread to other computers?

  • Countries with the highest Hotbar infection rates.

  • The first recorded appearance of Hotbar

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How does Hotbar infect my computer?

Hotbar is an Adware-type virus. The most common way a computer becomes infected with Hotbar is when a user downloads free software or browser toolbars.

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I detected Hotbar on my computer. What do I do?

If you have OSHI Defender installed on your computer, it will detect and remove Hotbar and all related files. First, restart your browser and then check the Home Page to make sure that you’re still using your preferred search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.), because Hotbar replaces users’ search engines with ones that display ads.

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What damage can Hotbar do to my computer?

Developed by large companies, viruses like Hotbar are mostly legal products that hackers use to make money on the ads that Hotbar displays on infected computers.

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What are the main symptoms of Hotbar?

High network activity
Unusual browser settings
Pop-up windows

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Can Hotbar spread to other computers?

As a rule, Hotbar requires user interaction and cannot automatically infect other computers on your local network or by using the same USB-disk on additional computers. There may be exceptions, though.

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Countries with the highest Hotbar infection rates.


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The first recorded appearance of Hotbar


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