Widgi Toolbar

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.

Aliases: Adware.Win32.Widgi.bgen, PUP.Optional.Spigot.A, TROJ_GEN.F47V0927, Win32/Virut.bn, a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Widgi, Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud) and TROJ_GEN.F47V0716.

Technical Information

File System Details

Widgi Toolbar creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 E:\Archivos de programa\FreeRIP Toolbar\IE\4.6\freeripToolbarIE.dll\freeripToolbarIE.dll 734,048 42c62a8cdb10de179747f917070efbea 2,160
2 %PROGRAMFILES%\Search.com Toolbar\IE\6.9\searchcomToolbarIE.dll 1,350,896 3cffa72079d81334e92b778eeb204498 1,992
3 C:\Config.Msi\34fbec8.rbf\34fbec8.rbf 1,627,408 6a5ef17c5c7522d0250f2e7088d3e8d6 123
4 E:\System Volume Information\_restore{A9FBB36E-4801-45F7-B907-5B0902338F8F}\RP397\A0165321.rbf\A0165321.rbf 1,608,000 d79b36c31244dd84ed40abf487a73255 67
5 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Spigot\wtxpcom\components\IFBHOHelperWidgiToolbar.xpt 232 d2fe788edbfafcb041a266faa706251a 61
6 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Spigot\wtxpcom\components\IFBHOWidgiToolbar.xpt 308 78790228a0f4cacc233ed694b6c70cb2 61
7 %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Config.Msi\4cecf41.rbf\4cecf41.rbf 1,611,584 fc6572f8e23ab65f6d167d909737db97 50
8 E:\System Volume Information\_restore{A9FBB36E-4801-45F7-B907-5B0902338F8F}\RP405\A0168575.rbf\A0168575.rbf 1,610,048 4b17a2330d2b392b2f512f30fc7016bd 31
9 C:\Config.msi\4047d3c.rbf\4047d3c.rbf 1,612,096 61d418b5df113ab280f91130a92d7fec 29
10 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Spigot\Search Settings\SearchSettings.exe 1,432,384 83902ba2e44edc5bb8eb1cb00512e21e 19
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