What is HbtHostIE.dll?

The genuine HbtHostIE.dll file is a software component of Hotbar Outlook Tools by Hotbar.
HbtHostIE.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that works as a BHO (browser helper object) for the Hotbar application, an adware program designed to deliver relevant advertisement within Internet Explorer. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. A BHO generally adds more functionality to a web browser. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Hotbar Outlook Tools program has been listed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by several antivirus websites. This program contains plugins for Microsoft Office programs and for Internet Explorer. The program may send unnecessary links and files through outgoing email messages, and display advertising by monitoring online user history and preferences. The program also changes system registry entries. It recommended to remove this program as soon as possible.

HbTHostIE stands for Hotbar Toolbar Host for Internet Explorer

HbtHostIE.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Hotbar Outlook Tools.

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HbtHostIE.dll file information

The process belongs to software Hotbar Outlook Tools or Hotbar by ( or HOTBAR.COM (

Description: HbtHostIE.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The HbtHostIE.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 542,360 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 546,368 bytes or 684,032 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 74CC49F7-EB32-4A08-B204-948962A6E3DB. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The HbtHostIE.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Hotbar Outlook Tools or Hotbar Browser, Weather and.

Recommended: Identify HbtHostIE.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HbtHostIE.dll. Therefore, you should check the HbtHostIE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Hotbar Outlook Tools 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.


User Comments

It is a componet of Hot Bar adware!

Summary: Average user rating of HbtHostIE.dll: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think HbtHostIE.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving HbtHostIE issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active HbtHostIE process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the HbtHostIE.dll 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 cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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