Hotbar is marketed as a program to add graphical skins to IE toolbars. It also adds its own toolbar with context-sensitive link/search buttons. Along with this functionality it also monitors all URLs you visit to add link buttons to its toolbar dependent on the site you are visiting. It also grows buttons on the left-hand side leading to advertisers' and/or paid search sites dependent on the site you are currently viewing.
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 www.hotbar.com.
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.
HotBar sends the address of every web site you visit to its controlling servers along with a unique ID that would enable your web usage habits to be tracked. Some sites are monitored more closely, with full URLs and/or data entered into forms being sent to HotBar.
It is bundled with older releases of iMesh and other free software; more recently, advertised through junk e-mail purporting to be a Microsoft upgrade to Outlook.
How to uninstall Hotbar spyware getting rid of it the easy way
Hotbar removal How to maually uninstall Hotbar
Remove Hotbar, it Should be removable from 'Add/Remove Programs' on the Control Panel, under the name 'HotBar' or 'Web Tools by Hotbar'.
Version 3 of the software leaves some mess behind in the registry, which can be cleaned up by running regedit and deleting these keys :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Hotbar HKEY_USERS\\.DEFAULT\\Software\\Hotbar HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\\Hotbar HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Toolbar\\B195B3B3-8A05-11D3-97A4-0004ACA6948E HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Internet Settings\\User Agent\\Post Platform\\Hotbar 3.0
You can also delete the 'HotBar 3.0' string from
HKey_Current_User\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Internet Settings\\User Agent
In general we strongly recommend to use a anti spy software to remove hotbar or other spyware as manually uninstalling and editing can seriously hurt your system.