How to remove the HbtSrv virus

Most antivirus programs identify HbtSrv.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/Hotbar, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.Hotbar.

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HbtSrv.exe file information

The process belongs to software Hotbar Outlook Tools or Hotbar Browser, Weather and by (

Description: HbtSrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The HbtSrv.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 479,232 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. HbtSrv.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with HbtSrv.exe, you can uninstall Hotbar Browser, Weather and or Hotbar Outlook Tools from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify HbtSrv.exe related errors

Important: You should check the HbtSrv.exe 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

Hotbar Adware server, its a pest remove it.

Summary: Average user rating of HbtSrv.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks HbtSrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks HbtSrv.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving HbtSrv issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active HbtSrv process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the HbtSrv.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 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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