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    Remove program not in Add/Remove (XP Professional)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Hi folks, a friend has managed to install a program named "hotbot" which appears to belong to Lycos, it has put an unwanted toolbar in all programs including MSIE & OE 6. Ive tried the obvious >Control Panel>add/remove programs, but it is not listed there, it does show up clearly on C drive in a folder named Hotbot. However, no uninstall program is with it, and it wont allow me to delete the folder (message comes up saying it is a read only, unable to delete). Ive also found it listed in the config startup section, and unticked it hoping to at least turn it off, but that has not worked either. Any help or suggestions as to how I get rid of this for her? All thoughts appreciated, thank you muchly.

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    Re: Remove program not in Add/Remove (XP Professional)

    Click Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System restore. Choose the option "Restore computer to the earlier time" and choose the date before Hotbot was installed.

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    Re: Remove program not in Add/Remove (XP Professional)

    Thank you for the reply, having not used System restore, I am uneasy doing so for the first time on another persons relatively new machine. Is there another way you can think of to remove hotbot? I thought maybe a 3rd party program like Cleansweep may do the trick, any thoughts? :-)

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    Re: Remove program not in Add/Remove (XP Professional)

    Cyberdance what's up--

    I haven't found a specific removal tool for hotbot in searching yet. I drilled their site, and Hotbot is based on Dave's Quick Search Deskbar-- same maker--one of my favorites but Dave's has a 3 second uninstall that's clean from it's Program listing, and I've used it for years and it works well. Googling the web and groups yielded zip. Some of these toolbars have multiple registry entries--since I don't have it, I can't look in mine, but I can tell you the neighborhoods where they usually live, and you can look for your friend:

    From Hotbot: How Do I Uninstall the Toolbar?
    [i]This suggests "You can uninstall the HotBot Quick Search Deskbar just like you uninstall any other Windows program. However, you need to

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    Re: Remove program not in Add/Remove (XP Professional)

    Cyber--

    All things considered, having just done the search for every way possible to go at hotbot's toolbar when it's not in add/remove, if it were my friend's new machine, I'd set a restore point and wouldn't hesitate to try system restore. Having made a hobby of reading the sys restore literature, the main problems with it are corrupt restore points when it won't work--not anything substantive it's going to do to her setup. And remember it doesn't work all the time (most commonly because minor crashes that involve improper shutdowns corrupt the particular restore point that someone chose--it defaults to 90 days back in Windows XP and 2000 and rarely because they lost the restore points when sys restore was somehow turned off transiently).System restore is very reliable and consistent in reversing a restore if you opt to do that.

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    Removing Hotbot saga

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> What a treasure you are to go to so much trouble, thank you ever so much! The first thing I did was exactly as you mentioned, went to the Hotbot site>help and read the same instructions on How Do I Uninstall the Toolbar? I made sure the quick search deskbar was deactivated without a problem, but still could'nt remove the little devil!!! Even rebooted, and repeated, but still no show in the ADD/REMOVE program list, nor did it allow me to delete the folder from Programs (not something I like to do coz I know there will be registry stuff still left behind without properly uninstalling it) - but got the message "Write Protected unable to delete". (Insert huge sigh and tapping foot). BUT I am pleased to read from your postings, that I was at least on the right track, if not the right racecourse <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>.
    <hr>if it were my friend's new machine, I'd set a restore point and wouldn't hesitate to try system restore.<hr>
    I may have to resort to that, one reason I did not was because she had just downloaded (via 56K connection) a stack of XP updates and patches, which I didnt want to lose, that combined with my inexperience with system restore has, so far stopped me. What about a prog like clean sweep (maybe I could download a trial version for free) and get rid of it that way??? <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Huge thank you for the last 2 links you posted, I will certainly check them out.

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    Re: Removing Hotbot saga

    I know that these email bars and search site bars can be a hassle to unload when they get buggy--I had an experience a while back with Yahoo's even going all over the registry, (I forget what it was doing, but it was a problem I'd normally associate with the targets of Spybot and AdAware)--and I had overlooked a 2 click uninstall within the toolbar's menu that did it in no time flat--they still default to download that toolbar if you don't uncheck the box.

    One thing with Hotbot though, is that they are using what I consider a high quality toolbar from a guy who really cares about what he designs--they are using Dave Bau's toolbar with some Hotbot window dressing. You might want to look hard and see if there is a way to email Dave if you can't get it uninstalled, because if you check out his site, he puts in time trying to get feedback and make his bar better--he's updated it several times--and the bar and the wizard are free. With his bar download, uninstalling it is an easy one quick from the Program's menu and it's always clean and easy. I'm sure he would get you the info on uninstalling the Hotbot version. I use his bar because it allows me to google or use many other search engines from a small address bar [/i]inside[/i] my taskbar--works great and doesn't take up precious desktop real estate. What I like is that I don't have to open browser windows to surf or use search engines, dictionaries, hit news outlets and I can surf from my taskbar. This is Dave's site--he makes that toolbar for Lycos-Hotbot that your friend wants to boot off.

    Dave's Quick Search Toolbar Taskbar Deskbar.

    Also Symantec confuses a lot of people with not only their web pages, but their terms. Liveupdate is meant to get you armed with the latest definitions which besides having a good firewall is one of the most useful ways to protect yourself. If you leave things to Live Update, you're only benefiting from once a week updates--that's not good enough. The best way to do this with NAV is to go to
    Security Response Page in whatever mid to late afternoon Pacific is in your time zone. Use the very first link if you're home or small business--you don't have to use the MD5 hashes or other links and use it manually daily because daily is much better than weekly. I just dragged the icon from that page from the IE namebar to my quick start.

    Good luck,

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    Re: Removing Hotbot saga

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Hi SMBP, I had a similar experience a few years back with yahoo's ticker, hence I never have been caught out since. I did look very close into every area of Hotbot's toolbar, including Options hoping to at least find a way to manually turn it off until I can get it out of the system, but no luck.. Im guessing it was not a full or complete download, as there is no uninstall program and the Hotbot folder under Programs is less than 500 kb. Thank you for the information, Ill check out Dave's site. All your points are valid and useful as always. Have a great weekend.

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