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Hotbar bows to low risk adware label


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Symantec has settled a lawsuit with Hotbar.com over the security firm's right to label the Hotbar application as low risk adware and remove it from users' systems.


Under the terms of the settlement, Hotbar acknowledges that Symantec's security software will detect the application, brand it as 'low risk' and assist users in removing it.


Symantec filed the lawsuit in June 2005 in response to a 'cease-and-desist' letter sent by the adware maker.


"Through our risk evaluation process we classify various adware programs in three categories: low risk, medium risk and high risk," David Cole, a director with Symantec Security Response, said in a statement.



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