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How dangerous is Huntbar?
Huntbar (HuntBar/Btiein and variants, including HuntBar/Ctoolb, HuntBar/MSLink, Huntbar/QDow, HuntBar/Side, HuntBar/WebSearch; also is similar to the IBIS Toolbar) is a browser hijacker that resets the start and search pages in IE. It also delivers targeted pop-up ads to the PC. Huntbar is part of the TrafficSyndicate "contextual marketing solution" developed by First Cash Reserve. The company promotes its TrafficSyndicate technology to any company that wants to redirect traffic to its site in order to generate "a powerful residual revenue stream" (again, in the words of First Cash Reserve).
An ActiveX control, Huntbar will attempt to install itself on your system when you visit any site affiliated with First Cash Reserve or TrafficSyndicate.
How To Tell If Huntbar Is Present On Your System
The browser attempts to redirect searches to Huntbar.com. (The attempts will fail, however, as Huntbar.com has been out of commission for more than a year.) It's also known to have an adverse effect on browser performance and may cause browser crashes and error messages.
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