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Should I remove Highlightly?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,752
United States Rank #4,120
Reach 0.0728%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 0.96 days
28.39 days >
Average installed length: 14.92 days


VersionDistribution 6.29% 93.71%

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What is Highlightly?

This web browser plugin injects various forms of advertising in the user's web browsers. Ads appear as popup windows, banner ads and text links. When clicking on an ad info the following details appear: "Highlightly offers a free search and translation utility in exchange for agreement to install the software and receive advertising. You can learn more here. Highlightly was installed on this computer by a user of this computer either through this website or through an advertised offer while installing another product."

From the Privacy Policy:
"Our Products collect the following information, none of which specifically identifies you: IP address; a proprietary unique identifier number (derived from the type and serial number of hardware on your computer); the date and time you installed, uninstalled, and last used our product; type of operating system; type of browser; browser language, your default search service provider, search queries; browsing history; time zone, and your approximate physical location (if available). Other information that we collect depends upon the type of advertisement that is being displayed. For example, if you respond to an insurance advertisement by indicating the type of insurance you are looking for and the state in which you want the policy written for, we collect the information you provide. We use this non-personally identifiable information to improve the performance of our Products, to display advertisements that are more closely targeted to your interests, and to identify and prevent fraud. We may combine this information with information from third parties. We also share, transfer, and license this information (including your Internet search history and browsing history) to advertising partners to generate revenue, improve Product performance, and enhance the relevance of advertising you see."

About  (from InfoAtoms)

Highlightly is a free, ad-supported software utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy. Once installed you’ll see relevant information from Wikipedia, Bing Search, Bing Translate, and a thesaurus for any word you highlight- all without having to leave the page. Enjoy faster search wi...  Read more
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Highlightly has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.gethighlightly.com
Help link: www.gethighlightly.com/about-this-ad
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\highlightly
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Highlightly\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 872.97 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Highlightly

Program executable:hlsvc.exe
Name:Highlightly Client Service
Path:C:\Program Files\highlightly\Service\hlsvc.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe - Highlightly (Highlightly Setup)
  • HighlightlyClientIE.dll - Highlightly Client BHO x86

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • HighlightlyClientIE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Highlightly' with the class of {83F2328D-0D6A-42B4-B0C4-02A929EDD4BE}.
  • hlsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Highlightly Client Service' (hlsvc) "This service enables Highlightly on HTTP websites".

How do I remove Highlightly?

Quickly and completely remove Highlightly 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 Highlightly 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 Highlightly, 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 Highlightly.
  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 Highlightly you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 51%
Win Vista (SP1) 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.64%
Windows 8 34.44%
Windows Vista 8.28%
Windows XP 3.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.63%
Windows 8 18.98%
Windows 8.1 13.22%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.46%
Windows 7 Professional 6.44%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

93.27% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 93.27%
  Brazil 3.99%
  Germany 0.75%
  Iran 0.50%
  Australia 0.25%
  Canada 0.25%
  France 0.25%
  United Kingdom 0.25%
  Korea 0.25%
  Saudi Arabia 0.25%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.92%
Dell 24.17%
Acer 13.33%
Toshiba 9.17%
ASUS 7.50%
Samsung 2.92%
Lenovo 2.50%
Intel 1.25%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.56%
Gateway NE56R 3.09%
Acer Aspire V5-122P 2.47%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.47%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 2.47%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.47%


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