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Should I remove Highlightly?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,919
United States Rank #4,403
Reach 0.0513%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.75 days
434.98 days >
Average installed length: 228.55 days


VersionDistribution 14.94% 4.45% 13.75% 66.86%

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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 Terms of Service file (dropped in the folder):
"The Software analyzes and records the ways in which you use your computer and the websites you visit so that you can: (i) view definitions, translations, and search results without leaving a webpage by highlighting keywords or phrases; and (ii) receive targeted advertisements in the form of additional shopping comparison, coupon, in-text transitional, and in-text link advertisements.
The Software interacts with your computer by:

- Inserting into web pages;
- Converting words on pages you view into hyperlinks that are linked to advertisements;
- Communicating with our servers to determine whether to insert advertising software from our third party Licensors into the web pages you are viewing and, if so, to obtain and inject the software.
- Communicating with our servers to check for new offers, the placement of offers, the date and time you install and uninstall the Software, and whether an updated version of the Software is available;
- Monitoring and recording the domain name of each page you view, the advertisements that appear on these pages, and the advertisements that you click.
- Changing browser settings to optimize Highlightly functionality and performance."

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 loo

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
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Highlightly.
hlsvc.exe (b9ca10e2bc1ede0ab81721099dacdc19) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 981 Adware.Agent.OCY
AVG 2015.0.3459 Higtly
Bitdefender Adware.Agent.OCY
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.OCY
F-Secure 11.2014-30-05_6 Adware.Agent.OCY
G Data 14.5.24 Adware.Agent.OCY
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.OCY
nProtect Adware.Agent.OCY
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.150 TROJ_GEN.F47V0519
VIPRE Antivirus 29520 Adware.Agent
HighlightlyClientIE.dll (ac63880c535ca0b748d42bf51055b4ea) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.101
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Plugin.cumlto
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0325
       View all 13 all detections
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

Displayed publisher: Highlightly
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".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.52 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001061850%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00007789%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00002829%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,676,445
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:1.34 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.34 MB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Highlightly?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 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) 49%
Win XP 0%
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 52.52%
Windows 10 36.82%
Windows Vista 7.11%
Windows XP 3.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.34%
Windows 8.1 17.97%
Windows 8 14.40%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.36%
Windows 7 Professional 6.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.46%

Distribution by countryGeography

89.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 89.02%
  Brazil 5.25%
  Australia 2.21%
  Canada 1.04%
  Germany 0.76%
  France 0.48%
  Russia 0.28%
  Saudi Arabia 0.21%
  United Kingdom 0.21%
  Iran 0.14%
  Thailand 0.07%
  UA 0.07%
  Korea 0.07%
  India 0.07%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.90%
Dell 25.35%
Acer 13.56%
Toshiba 8.75%
ASUS 6.08%
Samsung 3.04%
Lenovo 2.92%
Intel 0.63%
American Megatrends 0.51%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 9.57%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.31%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.59%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.87%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.87%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 2.39%


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