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Should I remove HighliteApp?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
72% remove it28% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,053
United States Rank #28,267
Reach 0.0020%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 1.82 days
53.59 days >
Average installed length: 28.16 days


VersionDistribution 2.56% 56.41% 12.82% 7.69% 20.51%


What is HighliteApp?

HighliteApp is an ad-supported browser extension (adware), and when a user downloads the Plugin they will see various types of advertisements displayed through the browser as they visit various web sites. The browser toolbar/extension displays several basic types of advertising: sponsored links, traditional display advertisements, such as banner ads, pop-unders and coupons, and targeted ads and may sometimes appear as in-text advertising and may also be displayed in response to keyword searches.

The software is bundled through various insertion order through download managers as well as companies that are known to distribute adware including Revizer Technologies Ltd.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is hlapp.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 4 files. hlupdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in HighliteApp.
hlupdate.exe (683e0eb955d65dc995678febfbcdaed4) has been flagged by the following 24 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 537 Trojan.Generic.11356660
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Trojan.Rogue
Avira AntiVir TR/Rogue.11198123
AVG 2016.0.3015 Generic5
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.HighliteApp.BA
Bitdefender Trojan.Generic.11356660
Comodo Security 18539 ApplicUnwnt
Dr.Web DLOADER.Trojan
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Generic.11356660
ESET-NOD32 9.9942 a variant of Win32/AdWare.HighliteApp.A
Fortinet FortiGate 8/17/2015 Riskware/HighliteApp
F-Secure 11.2015-17-08_2 Trojan.Generic.11356660
G Data 15.8.24 Trojan.Generic.11356660
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Trojan.SuspectCRC
K7 AntiVirus 13.1712403 Adware
K7GW 13.1712403 Adware ( 0049a5e61 )
McAfee 5600.6671 Artemis!683E0EB955D6
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6671 Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious.H
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.Generic.11356660
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Rogue.dauyml
Norman 10.20150817 Suspicious_Gen4.GKVAI
nProtect Trojan.Generic.11356660
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.229 TROJ_GEN.F47V0606
VIPRE Antivirus 30272 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 24 all detections
HighliteApp 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: HighliteApp Company
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\highliteapp\1003
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\HighliteApp\1003\uninstall.exe

Program filesFiles installed by HighliteApp

Program module:hlapp.dll
Path:C:\Program Files\highliteapp\hlapp.dll
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe (by HighliteApp Company) - HighliteApp (HighliteApp application)
  • (Malware detected) hlupdate.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

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

How do I remove HighliteApp?

You can uninstall HighliteApp 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 HighliteApp, 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 HighliteApp.
  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) 49%
Win 7 3%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 72%
Keep it 28%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.85%
Windows 10 23.08%
Windows XP 12.82%
Windows Vista 10.26%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.84%
Windows 8.1 16.22%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.51%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.81%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.81%
Windows 8 5.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.91% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.91%
  Brazil 3.64%
  Israel 3.64%
  Malaysia 1.82%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.43%
Hewlett-Packard 28.57%
Sony 8.57%
Gateway 8.57%
Toshiba 8.57%
Acer 5.71%
Lenovo 2.86%
ASUS 2.86%
American Megatrends 2.86%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 12.12%
TOSHIBA Satellite L75D-A 3.03%
Sony SVT13113FXS 3.03%
Hewlett-Packard p6754y 3.03%
HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook ... 3.03%
GATEWA D915GAG_ 3.03%


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