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Should I remove HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,479
United States Rank #27,313
Reach 0.0064%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.76 days
435.28 days >
Average installed length: 228.71 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
6.15.0.200 1.11%
6.15.0.27 21.11%
6.14.0.28 8.89%
6.13.3.505 28.89%
6.13.3.1 2.22%
6.12.0.11 7.78%
6.11.2.6 6.67%
6.10.3.27 10.00%
6.9.0.16 8.89%
6.8.5.1 1.11%
6.7.0.6 1.11%
5.7.2.2 2.22%

HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar

What is HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar?

HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar is a 'Community Toolbar' from Conduit, which integrates with major web browsers including Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. The toolbar is an ad-supported program that is designed to display advertisements within the program itself, modify the browser's home page and search settings in order to capture web search traffic as well as collect and aggregate usage information and statistics. The toolbar is typically bundled with 3rd party developer programs in order to help monetize free (and some paid) software. During installation, the user might be given the option to modify the home and search pages, however this is often checked by default and overlooked. Should the software be removed from the user's PC, the settings will need to be manually reverted back (see details below). The company, based on the EULA, will automatically download and install remote updates as well as collect and store details about the user's web browsing activities and store it locally on the PC in order to interact with the toolbar application to suggest additional services or provide more targeted advertising. "By Using a Conduit Software you may enable Conduit to access, use and collect a variety of information, both personal and non-personal, regarding your Internet Browser, your browsing habits, and information about your computer." - from the license agreement.

About  (from AnchorFree Inc)

We may combine the web search information with other non-personally identifiable Application information and if we do, some of the otherwise non-personally identifiable Application information may become personally identifiable information.

Each Application includes a new search box for your use and enjoyment. ...  Read more
Overview
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Built on and distributed using the Conduit toolbar
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar.
tbHotS.dll (73406fa9287b36ca4163797c73a2cd04) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.9267 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
VIPRE Antivirus 25244 Conduit (fs)
prxtbHotS.dll (d0133250565180c9dc8ee0aecccbfd53) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 GrayWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent.azm
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 Adware.Win32.Conduit.M
Cyren 5.4.16.7 W32/Conduit.TTAU-0102
ESET-NOD32 11248 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.N potentially unwanted
F-Prot 4.7.1.166 W32/Conduit.A
G Data 25 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
K7 AntiVirus 9.199.15118 Trojan ( 004b219d1 )
K7GW 9.199.15118 Trojan ( 004b219d1 )
Kaspersky 15.0.1.10 not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.azm
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 37998 Conduit (fs)
prxtbHot0.dll (c89d9c80fd468c6b51c4aadcc8463c2d) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware 1.5.0.21 Conduit (fs)
Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473 PUA.Win32.Conduit.BX
ESET-NOD32 10643 Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.X
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/Toolbar_Conduit
G Data 24 Win32.Application.Conduit.F
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 34366 Conduit (fs)
HotSpot_Shield_EliteToolbarHelper.exe (a320df2b47cfcaf98d06eb59cd72084c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware.C534
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Adware.Conduit.300
G Data 25 Win32.Adware.Conduit.B
IKARUS anti.virus T3.1.6.1.0 PUA.ClientConnect
Panda Antivirus 4.6.4.2 PUP/Conduit.A
tbHot0.dll (90a1b31ba3d3c1fd73b6021c1d8c1c8f) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17602 Application.Win32.Conduit.r
ESET-NOD32 9281 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.B
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 Adware/Conduit
VIPRE Antivirus 25382 Conduit (fs)
ldrtbHotS.dll (76b3946090c94bb38dbbca54ac8ff9f7) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9264 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 25220 Conduit (fs)
uninstall.exe (b728fa6a309e5d18141947b95b730e95) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Panda Antivirus 10.0.3.5 PUP/Conduit.A
VIPRE Antivirus 26380 Conduit (fs)
ldrtbHot0.dll (ce49528c9b0b3b3018ee2f70e76b362a) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 9148 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Conduit.P
VIPRE Antivirus 24150 Conduit (fs)
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HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: HotSpot Shield Elite
URL: HotSpotShieldElite.OurToolbar.com
Help link: HotSpotShieldElite.OurToolbar.com/help
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hotspot_shield_elite
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\HotSpot_Shield_Elite\uninstall.exe toolbar
Estimated size: 4.85 MB
This is a Community Toolbar by Conduit, what does that mean?
Conduit is a toolbar monetization platform for software publishers. It provides a utility for developers to create branded generic web browser toolbars. Publishers can bundle these toolbars with their software programs or provide access to download them separately through HotSpotShieldElite.OurToolbar.com. Once installed, the toolbar modifies the browser's home page and search settings in order to redirect searches through the Conduit portal (which utilizes Bing or Yahoo! Search engines). Read more...

Program filesFiles installed by HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar

Program module:tbHotS.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Conduit Toolbar
Signed by:Conduit Ltd.
Path:C:\Program Files\hotspot_shield_elite\tbHotS.dll
MD5:73406fa9287b36ca4163797c73a2cd04
Conduit Toolbar web browser plugin for the various toolbars running on the Conduit Toolbar platform is the browser addin installed into Internet Explorer which has the ability to access and monitor all loaded and requested web pages and...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) HotSpot_Shield_EliteToolbarHelper.exe (by Conduit) - ToolbarHelper Application
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe (by Conduit) - Conduit Toolbar Uninstall
  • hk64tbHot0.dll - Conduit Toolbar
  • hktbHot0.dll
  • ldrtbHot0.dll
  • ldrtbHotS.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHot0.dll
  • (Malware detected) prxtbHotS.dll
  • tbHot0.dll
  • (Malware detected) tbHotS.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • prxtbHotS.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b} (TV Bar 2).
  • prxtbHot0.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Produtools Manuals Toolbar' with the class of {16bb67e0-6319-4077-be84-f41269e051f3} (Produtools Manuals).
  • tbHotS.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Softonic-Eng7 Toolbar' with the class of {414b6d9d-4a95-4e8d-b5b1-149dd2d93bb3}.
2 Internet Explorer Bars
  • tbHotS.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'softonic-de3 Findbar' with a class of {1AB996D8-2842-49CD-8C35-D74998A1059C}.
  • prxtbHotS.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'BitTorrentControl_v10 Findbar' with a class of {61B7EA61-DF56-4683-A474-BFDE2AD56316}.
3 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • prxtbHotS.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with the class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b}.
  • prxtbHot0.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Produtools Manuals Toolbar' with the class of {16bb67e0-6319-4077-be84-f41269e051f3}.
  • tbHotS.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name '2Shared Toolbar' with the class of {ef468e5b-5b30-4136-a833-7f2e3a31afdf}.
3 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • prxtbHotS.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75e0046f-2275-4bce-9afd-d8da19abdf0b} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • prxtbHot0.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Faceless Toolbar' with a class of {f1f60d48-e7be-4b15-b567-12de9d47b58e} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • tbHotS.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'Oryte Games 1 Toolbar' with a class of {50bcbfa7-2a6a-41ed-9d96-34d2073a8943} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
3 Internet Explorer Web Browsers
  • prxtbHotS.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'TV Bar 2 Toolbar' with a class of {75E0046F-2275-4BCE-9AFD-D8DA19ABDF0B}.
  • prxtbHot0.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Produtools Manuals Toolbar' with a class of {16BB67E0-6319-4077-BE84-F41269E051F3}.
  • tbHotS.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'Softonic English FF Toolbar' with a class of {FFA0793E-3980-4BE4-8234-048FA665F700}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • uninstall.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C247631C-606C-44F8-9B4E-C25B77177427}' (runs on registration).
  • HotSpot_Shield_EliteToolbarHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B8E8E278-F25D-478A-BAB2-24A5EDB01F6C}' (runs on registration).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • HotSpot_Shield_EliteToolbarHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\eTvOnline.ro\eTvOnline.roToolbarHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

HotSpot_Shield_EliteToolbarHelper.exe
Total CPU:0.4892737327%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.29804920%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.19122453%
0.015104% average

How do I remove HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar?

Quickly and completely remove HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by HotSpot Shield Elite Toolbar you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Vista (SP2) 2%
 
HOW DOES IT RUN?
Plugs into Internet Explorer
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.11%
Windows 8 18.89%
Windows XP 7.78%
Windows Vista 2.22%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.33%
Windows 7 Professional 11.11%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.78%
Windows 8 5.56%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

36.73% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 36.73%
  Saudi Arabia 9.18%
  Iran 9.18%
  United Arab Emirates 5.10%
  United Kingdom 4.08%
  Canada 4.08%
  MA 2.04%
  OM 2.04%
  Germany 2.04%
  France 2.04%
  Qatar 2.04%
  Greece 2.04%
  SY 1.02%
  Korea 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Dell 18.33%
ASUS 15.00%
Acer 11.67%
Lenovo 8.33%
Sony 6.67%
Toshiba 5.00%
Samsung 5.00%
Alienware 3.33%
Intel 1.67%
Common models
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.05%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.05%
Dell Inspiron N5050 2.70%
Toshiba NB505 1.35%
Sony SVE1511K1EW 1.35%
Packard Bell EasyNote TS1... 1.35%

About AnchorFree Inc

AnchorFree provides online privacy and security solutions for Web users, advertisers, and publishers.
Publisher URL: www.anchorfree.com

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