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Microsoft Security Intelligence
Published Jun 20, 2006 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Aliases: No associated aliases


Adware:Win32/Hotbar is an adware program that displays advertisements to as you browse the web.

It also installs other adware components related to Win32/ClickPotato and Win32/ShopperReports. Hotbar also installs "skins" that make Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Outlook Express look different.

It may be installed on your computer alongside other software, or you may have downloaded it from a website that mimics another one, such as those seen below:

PinBall Audacity website

Legitimate Audacity website


PinBall ARES website

Legitimate ARES website

This program may create an uninstaller that can be accessed from the Control Panel. Running this uninstaller may remove some or all of the files related to the program:

  • For Windows 8, open the Start screen, type Uninstall and then go to Settings. In the search results, go to Uninstall a program.
  • For Windows 7 and Vista, open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel>Programs>Uninstall a Program
  • For XP, open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs

The entry for this program may be called "Hotbar Browser", "Weather" or "Wowpapers Tools".

If an uninstaller is not available, does not work properly, or you do not want to use it, you can use the following scanning and removal tools to detect and remove this program and other unwanted software from your computer:

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