Symantec Corp. today announced that it has filed suit against Hotbar.com, Inc. The suit asks the court for a ruling supporting Symantec’s right to detect certain Hotbar program files as adware and to empower customers with the ability to remove the files from their computers.
Symantec is not seeking damages as part of the suit. Symantec is petitioning for a declaratory judgment by the court affirming Symantec’s assertion that certain Hotbar program files are indeed adware and can be treated as computer security risks.
“By asking the court for clarification on this issue in our favor, we hope to continue alerting our customers about the presence of these program files, protecting them against possible security risks,” said Joy Cartun, senior director of legal affairs for Symantec. “Through this effort, we’re trying to ensure that our customers have more control over the programs that run on their computers.”
The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division.