should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer?

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Hello,

Normally I don't tolerate adware on my computer but it seems
inevitable that buy using the free version of VLCPlayer you get the
Hotbar-adware with it and VLC doesn't function properly anymore if I
delete Hotbar.

So my question is:
Can I tolerate this Hotbar-thing without jeopardising my computer's
security?

Thanks in advance,

Massimo

Re: should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer?



On Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:42:18 +0200, Massimo wrote:

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I  have no idea what you're talking about. I've got VLC Media Player on
my PC and there's not "Hotbar-thing". Probably because I'm using the
Windows 7zip (No installer needed) version and not the EXE. But I'm sure
the EXE installer comes without Hotbar as well. You should ask for
advice (about installing VLC) in alt.comp.freeware. They'll tell you if
Hotbar is part of the original package.

BTW did you download the installer from here?

<http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

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s|b

Re: should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer?




| On Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:42:18 +0200, Massimo wrote:

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| I  have no idea what you're talking about. I've got VLC Media Player on
| my PC and there's not "Hotbar-thing". Probably because I'm using the
| Windows 7zip (No installer needed) version and not the EXE. But I'm sure
| the EXE installer comes without Hotbar as well. You should ask for
| advice (about installing VLC) in alt.comp.freeware. They'll tell you if
| Hotbar is part of the original package.

| BTW did you download the installer from here?

| <http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Ditto.

Not HotBar crap is bundled w/VLC Player.


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Dave
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Re: should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer?



On Sun, 22 Aug 2010 16:45:10 -0400, "David H. Lipman"

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Now that is very strange David as I downloaded VLCPlayer from the
videolan.org site and was again (just as with the first time I
downloaded this app.) confronted with Hotbar adware.

Massimo


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Then probably, that will be the cause.

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Not my experience.

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Yes, I sure did!

Massimo


Re: should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer?



Massimo wrote:
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I seem to remember one of the stages in some install process that allowed an
opt out for some kind of tool bar, not sure if it was VLC, KMPLayer or
whatever, but my v1.1.3 doesn't have any such fluff.
Maybe it was Piriform that offered an [Ask.com] BHO with their freeware?

Re: should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer?




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Don't know, but in the .exe-version of VLCPlayer that I downloaded
from videolan.org there was no opt out (or -in) for the Hotbar thing.

Massimo

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Massimo wrote:
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I just tried it again (hasn't changed since recently when I first got it)
from http://bit.ly/ccIsAt and there's no Hotbar here.
Maybe you've been hijacked by something else?
Have you run MBAM or HJT or anything else
to have a look see what might also be on board?
HJT - http://bit.ly/anFv9b
MBAM - http://bit.ly/aWXsG2

should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer? (again)



Hello,

I apologize! It turns out that I have not given the correct
information in my previous postings about VLCPlayer being infected
with Hotbar.
I decided to again make a scan with MalwareBytes Antimalware and to
take a look at the logfile. In this file I read the following:
-------------------------------------------
Registersleutels ge´nfecteerd:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\PreApproved\
(Adware.Hotbar) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\HostOL.MailAnim
(Adware.Hotbar) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\Word\Addins\HostOL.MailAnim
(Adware.Hotbar) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registerwaarden ge´nfecteerd:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions\hotbar@hotbar.com
(Adware.Hotbar) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
------------------------------------------

(And sorry, but I use a Dutch version of Window XP on this computer.
It says: Registry keys infected -and- Registry values infected.)
By having previously installed a Hotbar infected version of VLCPlayer
and being confronted again with Hotbar I seem to have automatically
presumed that VLCPlayer had to be the infected file this time too.

I am surprised at finding though that the infection by Hotbar is
related to the MS-suite (Word and Outlook) and Firefox while I have
*not* installed anything of the MS-suite and while I only use a
portable version of Firefox, which is supposed not to write to the
registry of any computer.

Well, Hotbar references deleted.

Massimo

Re: should I tolerate Hotbar in VLCPlayer? (again)



Massimo wrote:
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Maybe gone for good!
congrats

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Thanks! :-)

Massimo

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Just in case you meant to ask "is this malware?" - you may have an
instance of "adware" that is just "ad supported software" and is a
legitimate adware not a malicious adware. I'm just guessing, but that's
the feeling I get from this thread so far.

Does it jeopardize your security? Probably not in the way that you think
it does, but seldom will additional unneeded software *increase*
security.



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