Widgi Toolbar Description
There are many kinds of malware threats, ranging from full-fledged infections that can place your whole computer in jeopardy to Potentially Unwanted Programs that can have annoying effects and are not straightforward to remove. The Widgi Toolbar is a Potentially Unwanted Program (also known as a PUP) that can be quite difficult to remove. The Widgi Toolbar is created by Spigot, Inc., a company that is well known for producing these kinds of applications. This program is often detected as a spyware or adware infection by many security programs. It installs itself as a Browser Helper Object (BHO) for Internet Explorer, although computer users using the Mozilla Firefox web browser have also reported problems with the Widgi Toolbar. Although the Widgi Toolbar is advertised as a potentially helpful add-on for your web browser, Widgi Toolbar is actually designed to take over your online searches and gather marketing information that can then be used to deliver advertisements to your computer.
The Widgi Toolbar is designed to be difficult to remove through normal means, and using the 'Add/Remove programs' panel in the Control Panel will do nothing against this intrusive toolbar. Removing this add-on by using your web browser preferences will also not work. This is because the Widgi Toolbar makes changes to the Windows Registry that allows it Widgi Toolbar to reinstall itself automatically. This annoying toolbar also runs in the background instantly when you start up your computer, hogging system resources and affecting your connection speeds and system performance. Fortunately, most properly updated anti-malware applications can remove the Widgi Toolbar with few problems. ESG security researchers have observed the activities of this malware threat since May of 2011 and, since then, most security programs are able to detect and remove this Potentially Unwanted Program from your computer.
How the Widgi Toolbar Enters Your Computer in the First Place
Most computer users infected with the Widgi Toolbar will acquire this infection because they have tried to install a freeware application without carefully looking through the installation process. Some examples of freeware programs that tend to include potentially unwanted programs such as the Widgi Toolbar include free PDF conversion programs, audio and video format converters, and freeware media players and editors. The installation process for these programs will often prompt you to install Widgi toolbar and other similar programs as a way to 'help' the creators of the freeware in question. ESG malware analysts recommend looking for freeware alternatives that do not require the installation of dubious software on your computer.
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to Detect Widgi Toolbar * SpyHunter's scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read more on SpyHunter. If you no longer wish to have SpyHunter installed on your computer, follow these steps to uninstall SpyHunter.
Security Doesn't Let You Download SpyHunter or Access the Internet?
Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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File System Details
|#||File Name||Size||MD5||Detection Count|
|8||%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\pdfforge Toolbar||2|