Hotbar is a program that embeds a toolbar into your browser. It monitors every URL that you visit as well as phrases which you enter into search engines and sends this information back to a third party. The information is used to target ads on your computer, both in popups as well as directly embedded within web pages.
Hotbar consumes over 20MB of disk space on your hard drive. It will slow down your browser, make your PC boot slower, and may crash your computer altogether. Hotbar also disables certain popup blockers.
Hotbar can be forcibly installed when you visit certain websites, whether or not you agree to the download.
'Hotbar' spyware program bedevils Windows and should be removed
Hotbar description from Howard University
"Hotbar, from time to time, may work with email direct marketers such as Netcreations to offer users the opportunity to subscribe to various email newsletters subscriptions. Please read such marketers' privacy statements before entering your email address or any other information into their subscription window."
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