How to remove the HostIE virus
Most antivirus programs identify HostIE.dll as malware, e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/Hotbar or Adware:Win32/ZangoSearchAssistant, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_ZANGO.
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HostIE.dll file information
The process known as Zango or Seekmo or Hotbar
belongs to software Seekmo Browser and Wowpapers or Zango or Zango Browser and Wowpapers or Hotbar or Seekmo
by Zango (www.zango.com) or Seekmo (www.seekmo.com) or Pinball.
Description: HostIE.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 652,552 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 554,248 bytes, 546,056 bytes, 537,904 bytes or 20 bytes.
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your Internet browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as your browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. The unique ID of this BHO is 07AA283A-43D7-4CBE-A064-32A21112D94D or E1BACF55-35E1-4E47-9247-2D48660E5545 or 90B8B761-DF2B-48AC-BBE0-BCC03A819B3B. The program has no visible window. File HostIE.dll is a Verisign signed file. HostIE.dll is able to change the behavior or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous.
You could uninstall the software Seekmo Browser and Wowpapers or Hotbar using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).
Recommended: Identify HostIE.dll related errors
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HostIE.dll, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HostIE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
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