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Q: HOW TO DELETE ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Category: Computers > Programming
Asked by: mral67-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 05 Nov 2003 13:09 PST
Expires: 05 Dec 2003 13:09 PST
Question ID: 272946
Subject: Re: HOW TO DELETE
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 05 Nov 2003 13:41 PST
Hello mral67,

Thank you for your question.

You will find several good sites with instructions for removing this
intrusive piece of software. One such is at PCHell:

"What is HotBar?
According to the HotBar website, Hotbar is an add-on that
instantaneously converts your email and browser applications into
powerfully personalized instruments of enhanced functionality and
visual appeal.  The Hotbar Browser Toolbar presents buttons on your
Internet Explorer browser that change while you surf to relate to the
website you visit. These buttons also provide you instant access to
Search, Yellow Pages and more! The Browser toolbar also spices up your
Internet Explorer with your chosen image (skin) picked from a huge
variety of skins numbering into the thousands found in hundreds of
galleries at

The Hotbar Email Toolbar is added to your mail (Outlook , Outlook
Express, Hotmail and Yahoo mail) . This bar offers a wide assortment
of options for customizing the design of your emails with Backgrounds,
eCards, Animation and even a Business Card of your own design.

However, HotBar does track web site visits and also has an autoupdate
feature that updates automatically. So there are both privacy and
security concerns with this add-on program..."

The site continues noting that first one needs to use the standard
"Add and Remove Programs" feature in the operating system (found in
Control Panel), but even then some remnants will remain. By editing
the registry, you can remove these entries, however, if you are not
familiar with registry editing, I recommend you have an expert friend
assist you and ALWAYS have a backup of your registry before you
attempt to edit it. A mistake here can be fatal to your operating

The site also notes that HotBar iteself offers and automatic removal
tool. This can be found here for downloading:

Here are several other sites that discuss this removal procedure. You
might want to read them all before atempting the uninstall and be as
informed as you can abou tthe process:

There are many more, but these should get the job done for you.

Search Strategy:

remove +hotbar

I trust my research has provided you with solutiond for removing this
program. If a link above should fail to work or anything require
further explanation or research, please do post a Request for
Clarification prior to rating the answer and closing the question and
I will be pleased to assist further.


Subject: Re: HOW TO DELETE
From: snsh-ga on 05 Nov 2003 14:30 PST
install a spyware program (adaware, spybot).
run it every week or so.
Subject: Re: HOW TO DELETE
From: needsomeinfo-ga on 05 Nov 2003 21:40 PST
Ditto for the Sypware recommendation.  I've had great success with
Spybot and it's a free download.  (Although they do ask for a

Also, you can read more about sypware and adware on Kim Komando's
website.  She has a great radio call-in show about computers on NPR.

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