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Should I remove HighlightTool?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0012%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.28 days
124.85 days >
Average installed length: 65.60 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%


What is HighlightTool?

This adware injects advertising in the user's Internet browser by running as an extension and/or add-on. Ads are delivered in the form of banners and text-links (roll-overs) as well as some popup ads. These ads are typically injected in the header of footer are of the web page. This application is classified as adware and/or a PUP based on its behavior. The software is distributed through third party installers.


Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named hltool.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 3 files and is usually about 939.67 KB (962,218 bytes). The installed file hlupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in HighlightTool.
hlupdate.exe (e9247fd97ff8940e336f73c190799353) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1011 Backdoor.Generic.906272
avast! 2014.9-140430 Win32:Malware-gen
Bitdefender Backdoor.Generic.906272
Dr.Web BackDoor.Siggen.57128
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Backdoor.Generic.906272
F-Secure 11.2014-30-04_4 Backdoor.Generic.906272
G Data 14.4.24 Backdoor.Generic.906272
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Backdoor.Win32.SuspectCRC
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7145 Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious.H
MicroWorld-eScan Backdoor.Generic.906272
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Siggen.cwokrb
nProtect Backdoor.Generic.906272
Symantec 4/30/2014 rev. 4 Trojan.Gen
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.120 TROJ_GEN.R047H05DS14
VIPRE Antivirus 28678 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 15 all detections
HighlightTool 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

Displayed publisher: HighlightTool Company
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\highlighttool\1008
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\HighlightTool\1008\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 939.67 KB

Program filesFiles installed by HighlightTool

Program module:hltool.dll
Path:C:\Program Files\highlighttool\1008\hltool.dll
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe (by HighlightTool Company) - HighlightTool (HighlightTool application)
  • (Malware detected) hlupdate.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • hlupdate.exe runs as a service named 'HighlightTool Update' (HighlightTool).

How do I remove HighlightTool?

You can uninstall HighlightTool 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program HighlightTool, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 HighlightTool.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 48%
Win Vista (SP2) 9%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 47.83%
Windows 10 43.48%
Windows Vista 8.70%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.48%
Windows 8.1 21.74%
Windows 8 13.04%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 8.70%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 4.35%
Windows 7 Professional 4.35%

Distribution by countryGeography

65.71% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 65.71%
  France 11.43%
  Germany 11.43%
  Canada 8.57%
  Israel 2.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 40.00%
ASUS 20.00%
Dell 15.00%
Medion 10.00%
Gateway 5.00%
Packard Bell 5.00%
Lenovo 5.00%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 9.52%
Packard Bell BV EasyNote ... 4.76%
MSI MS-7758 4.76%
MEDION MS-7748 4.76%
MEDION E6232 4.76%
LENOVO 20150 4.76%


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