Title: Widgi Toolbar
Type: Adware
Also known as: WidgiToolbar, Widgi virus

Remove Widgi Toolbar
Removal instructions

 
Severity scale:Widgi Toolbar severity is 27  (27 / 100)
 

Widgi Toolbar is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) from Spigot inc., which can also be categorized as adware. It is presented as one of Internet Explorer components and, in most cases, downloaded together with IE updates. However, it may also appear on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and any other web browser without any permission asked. As soon as it enters computer, it starts messing it up by displaying continuous pop-up ads. Besides, it may start slowing down the system or return altered search results and then redirect you to unfamiliar websites. We don't recommend ignoring Widgi Toolbar redirects because they may trick you into visiting dangerous sites and make you to install more potentially unwanted programs on the system. So, no matter that technically this program is not a virus, you should be very careful with it. We recommend you to remove Widgi Toolbar Platform from computer.

How can Widgi Toolbar infiltrate my computer?

You can download this application from the Internet just like any other application. It is available at download, cnet and other download sites. However, Widgi Toolbar virus can also infiltrate your computer unnoticed because it's actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. In order to prevent its infiltration, you should be very careful when downloading free programs from the Internet. Instead of clicking the "Next" button until the "Finish" comes up and letting Widgi Toolbar hijack your browsers, you should choose Custom or Advanced installation and then deselect all unfamiliar check marks that typically agree with the installation of various toolbars, extensions, plugins and add-ons.

How to remove Widgi Toolbar?

If Widgi Toolbar infiltrated your computer, you shouldn't leave it there because it may initiate various annoying and dangerous activities on it. In order to avoid misleading pop-up ads and security-related issues, you should follow these instructions:

Automatic Widgi Toolbar Removal Guide

You can remove Widgi Toolbar automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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SpyHunter is recommended remover to uninstall Widgi Toolbar. You should confirm using free trial that it detects current version of parasite.

Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

If you failed to remove Widgi Toolbar using SpyHunter, submit question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Widgi Toolbar snapshot:
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Widgi Toolbar manual removal:

Kill processes:
applicationupdater.exe
searchsettings.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{2DC9C611-D7C2-42A3-9312-BFF512812022} “(Default)” = “IWidgiToolbarHost”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C3ABD5A3-E699-4B9F-97FF-25B121A41276 “(Default)” = “IWidgiBHO”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C089D5FC-CFE2-4BCD-A522-2981448227CE}
Delete files:
applicationupdater.exe
searchsettings.exe

Manual Widgi Toolbar Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall Widgi Toolbar and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for Widgi Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

Step 2: Remove Widgi Toolbar from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Widgi Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter your preferred domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Widgi Toolbar removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select Widgi Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Widgi Toolbar removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select Widgi Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Widgi Toolbar removal.

What is adware?

Adware is a program that displays advertisements while people are browsing online. Advertisements appear in a web browser, pop-up windows, special toolbars or within the host program. Adware also can gather information about user’s habits and interests. Once it collects what it needs, it sends it out through a background Internet connection. Such behavior allows adware vendors to deliver targeted advertisements to the end user and collect general statistics. However, it may also be used for stealing people’s private data.

Adware is divided into parasitical and legitimate applications. Illegal advertising programs are very similar to spyware parasites and often have some of their functions. They can be installed without user's knowledge and start working every time a computer is rebooted. However, they are less dangerous than rogues because the most of such parasites are primarily intended to collect user’s personal information for marketing and advertising purposes. Unfortunately, you can never know what other purposes it can be used for.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by Widgi Toolbar:

•  Appearance of annoying pop-up ads
•  Appearance of banners and in-text ads
•  Redirects to unknown and suspicious websites
•  Changes in homepage and default search engine
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of Widgi Toolbar:

This map reveals the prevalence of Widgi Toolbar. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Germany and United States.

QR code for Widgi Toolbar removal instructions:

Widgi Toolbar qrcode
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.

The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like Widgi Toolbar are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall Widgi Toolbar right in your pocket.

Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-08-19 07:27:29
Information updated: 2014-08-19 07:27:29

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