Security firm Symantec has launched a legal battle against a web browser tool company in a bid to label them as adware promoters. The antivirus giant, which denied it was seeking damages, is asking a court in California for the right to call programs from Hotbar.com 'adware'. Symantec has argued that the programs are a threat to the internet and that a ruling against Hotbar would allow customers to uninstall the programs with the security firm's software. Joy Cartun, senior director of legal affairs for Symantec, said: "By asking the court for clarification on this issue in our favour, we hope to continue alerting our customers about the presence of these program files, protecting them against possible security risks. Through this effort, we're trying to ensure that our customers have more control over the programs that run on their computers."