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Should I remove Hotbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
52% remove it48% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #43,205
United States Rank #43,797
Reach 0.0021%


VersionDistribution 4.88%
11.0.395.0 2.44%
11.0.384.0 2.44%
11.0.363.0 19.51%
11.0.358.0 7.32%
11.0.349.0 2.44%
11.0.326.0 2.44%
11.0.325.0 2.44%
11.0.323.0 12.20% 2.44% 21.95% 7.32% 2.44% 2.44% 7.32%


What is Hotbar?

Hotbar is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner and in-text link advertisements) web browser plugin distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page and search settings.

About  (from Pinball)

The Software will display to you targeted Web sites and/or advertisements that are hosted by third parties ("Third Party Hosted Advertisements"). These Third Party Hosted Advertisements may place cookies on your hard drive and use the cookies to tailor delivery of content to you by profiling your use of a site or adver...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The primary executable is named HBLiteSA.exe. The setup package generally installs about 20 files and is usually about 1.42 MB (1,489,162 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • May modify the web browser's home page
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Hotbar.
HBLiteSA.exe (df8ed4f27622dbbb8f25617658ae1a7f) has been flagged by the following 35 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Adware.Agent
AhnLab-V3 2013.04.09 Adware/Win32.Hotbar
Avira AntiVir Adware/Frozen.A
avast! 2014.9-131123 Win32:HotBar-BL [Adw]
AVG 2014.0.3646 Skodna.Generic_r.Q
Bitdefender Trojan.Generic.6652336
Clam AntiVirus 0.98/18155 Suspect.W32.AdInstall
Comodo Security 15862 ApplicUnwnt.Win32.AdWare.HotBar.DE
Dr.Web Adware.Hotbar.501
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Generic.6652336
eSafe Win32.ADSPYAdSpy
ESET-NOD32 7.8208 probably a variant of Win32/Adware.180Solutions
Fortinet FortiGate 11/23/2013 Adware/PlatriumSA
F-Prot v6. W32/180Solutions.D.gen
F-Secure 11.2013-23-11_7 Trojan.Generic.6652336
G Data 13.11.22 Trojan.Generic.6652336
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. AdWare.Win32.ClickPotato
Jiangmin KV131123 Adware/HotBar.ba
K7 AntiVirus 13.164.8492 Unwanted-Program
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.18219 Win32.Troj.Generic.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes v2013.11.23.11 Adware.Hotbar
McAfee 5600.7268 Adware-HotBar.g
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7268 Adware-HotBar.g
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.163.1557.0 Adware:Win32/Hotbar
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.HotBar.kejsl
nProtect Trojan/W32.Agent.771888
PC Tools 2013 Adware.Hotbar!rem
SUPERAntiSpyware 10881 Adware.Agent/Gen-Pinball
Symantec 11/23/2013 rev. 7 Adware.Clkpotato!gen3
Total Defense 37.0.10369 Win32/Zango.Pinball[HOTBAR]
Trend Micro 10.465.23 ADW_HOTBAR
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.327 ADW_HOTBAR
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.HotBar
VIPRE Antivirus 16700 Pinball Corporation. (v)
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Adware.HotBar.771888
       View all 35 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Pinball Corporation.
URL: hotbar.com
Help link: www.hotbar.com/about/support.aspx
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\hblite\bin\11.0.323.0
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\HBLite\bin\11.0.323.0\HBLiteUninstaller.exe" Web
Estimated size: 1.42 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Hotbar

Program executable:HBLiteSA.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Hotbar Search Assistant
Path:C:\Program Files\hblite\bin\11.0.363.0\HBLiteSA.exe
Additional files:
  • HBLiteSA.exe - Hotbar Search Assistant
  • HBLiteSAAX.dll - HBLite ActiveX Control
  • HBLiteSAHook.dll - HBLite (Browser Integrations Module)
  • HBLiteUninstaller.exe - Hotbar (Hotbar Uninstaller)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • HBLiteSA.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HBLiteSA' which loads as "C:\Program Files\HBLite\bin\11.0.323.0\HBLiteSA.exe".

How do I remove Hotbar?

You can uninstall Hotbar 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 Hotbar, 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 Hotbar.
  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) 29%
Win Vista 2%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 52%
Keep it 48%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 43.90%
Windows 7 39.02%
Windows XP 17.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 26.83%
Windows 7 Home Premium 19.51%
Microsoft Windows XP 17.07%
Windows Vista Home Basic 17.07%
Windows 7 Professional 9.76%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.32%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.55%
  United Kingdom 10.64%
  Italy 10.64%
  France 8.51%
  Sweden 4.26%
  Singapore 4.26%
  Australia 2.13%
  Slovakia 2.13%
  Israel 2.13%
  Netherlands 2.13%
  Greece 2.13%
  Korea 2.13%
  BH 2.13%
  Germany 2.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.03%
Dell 16.22%
Acer 16.22%
Toshiba 13.51%
American Megatrends 10.81%
Sony 5.41%
MSI 2.70%
Packard Bell 2.70%
Sahara 2.70%
Samsung 2.70%
Common models
Dell XPS M1530 5.26%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505D 2.63%
TOSHIBA Satellite A355 2.63%
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 2.63%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.63%
HP Pavilion dv6500 Notebo... 2.63%

About (from Pinball Corporation)

Pinball Corporation delivers online content and monetization solutions for small to mid-sized web publishers, and keyword-based online advertising solutions for direct-response and ecommerce marketers.
Publisher URL: www.pinballcorp.com


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