How to remove the HBTV virus

Most antivirus programs identify HBTV.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as Adware_Hotbar, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.ZangoSearch.

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HBTV.exe file information

The process known as HBTV belongs to software HBTV or Easy Driver Installation by ( or HotBar (

Description: HBTV.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The HBTV.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 141,824 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 165,888 bytes or 287,744 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. HBTV.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to remove the entire program Easy Driver Installation using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify HBTV.exe related errors

Important: You should check the HBTV.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If HBTV 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

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Summary: Average user rating of HBTV.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks HBTV.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving HBTV issues

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

Other processes

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