How to remove the HBLiteSA virus

Most antivirus programs identify HBLiteSA.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.HotBar.dh, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.Hotbar.

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HBLiteSA.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HBLiteSA
HBLiteSA.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Hotbar Search Assistant belongs to software Hotbar by Pinball.

Description: HBLiteSA.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. HBLiteSA.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 769,328 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 769,840 bytes. 
The HBLiteSA.exe file is a Verisign signed file. HBLiteSA.exe is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with HBLiteSA.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHotbar or contact Customer Service.

Recommended: Identify HBLiteSA.exe related errors

Important: You should check the HBLiteSA.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Hotbar Search Assistant has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving HBLiteSA issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active HBLiteSA process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the HBLiteSA.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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