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Hello and welcome back, @kurt2121:

Until one of the malware researchers or forum staff members can weigh in....

It's hard to say for sure, given the information you report.  The partial name alone for a particular malware variant does not necessarily provide sufficient detail about its behavior on a particular system.

Here are a few articles about that particular "Adware.hotbar":

https://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclopedia/entry.aspx?Name=Adware:Win32/Hotbar

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/what-adware-hotbar

https://home.mcafee.com/VirusInfo/VirusProfile.aspx?key=510862

Having said all that, if you think you might be infected, then you might want a bit of expert help checking & cleaning the system.
Such work is conducted in a special forum area reserved for that purpose, or at the help desk.
 
So, for expert assistance, I suggest that you might want to please follow the advice in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
It explains the options for free, expert help >>AND<< the suggested, preliminary steps to expedite the process.
A malware analyst will assist you with looking into your issue - the helper will guide you through scanning, cleanup and repair.

Thank you,

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11 hours ago, daledoc1 said:

Hello and welcome back, @kurt2121:

Until one of the malware researchers or forum staff members can weigh in....

It's hard to say for sure, given the information you report.  The partial name alone for a particular malware variant does not necessarily provide sufficient detail about its behavior on a particular system.

Here are a few articles about that particular "Adware.hotbar":

https://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/encyclopedia/entry.aspx?Name=Adware:Win32/Hotbar

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/what-adware-hotbar

https://home.mcafee.com/VirusInfo/VirusProfile.aspx?key=510862

Having said all that, if you think you might be infected, then you might want a bit of expert help checking & cleaning the system.
Such work is conducted in a special forum area reserved for that purpose, or at the help desk.
 
So, for expert assistance, I suggest that you might want to please follow the advice in this pinned topic: Available Assistance For Possibly Infected Computers.
It explains the options for free, expert help >>AND<< the suggested, preliminary steps to expedite the process.
A malware analyst will assist you with looking into your issue - the helper will guide you through scanning, cleanup and repair.

Thank you,

Okay, I see. This "hotbar" was an adware company. So its actually possible that it doesn't belong to this company?

Would reporting the files infected by it provide any more help?

 

HKU\S-1-5-21-2928383822-501481981-1191779827-1005\ENVIORNMENT\SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT\INTERNETEXPLORER\MENUTEXT\&SEARCH\(Adware.Hotbar)

 HKU\S-1-5-21-2928383822-501481981-1191779827-1005\ENVIORNMENT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuEXT\& Search\ (Adware.Hotbar)
 

 

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This is already a well known threat and Hotbar has been around many years as you've mentioned. Most antimalware tools should recognize and remove it. Where, why, what it may have gotten or transmitted is pretty much impossible to say without an extensive forensic analysis at the time it happened.

 

 

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