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Remove Widthie ads

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Ads by Widthie, Widthie virus | Type: Adware

What is Widthie?

Widthie is a browser extension that tries to convince users that it can improve web browsing experience by displaying screen’s width of the website that the user is visiting. For us such functionality seems absolutely useless; nevertheless, some people may find it handy. Anyway, we highly DO NOT recommend installing and using it since its sole purpose is to display sponsored advertisements. Security experts have recently categorized it as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP), what means that Widthie is commonly promoted via other freewares as an ‘optional downloads’. So it may end up on computers whose owners commonly visit file-sharing/freeware downloading websites and install free software without paying much attention to the installation process.

As soon as it slithers onto a computer, it significantly affects web browser’s (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer) behavior. First of all, you may notice a gray width bar at the top of your web browser’s windows. After that, you may notice that web browser runs slower and crashes more frequently than it used to before. Finally, you may start suffering from an excessive amount of pop-up, banner, pop-under ads, in-text links, video ads, and similar content. Keep in mind that all Widthie ads that are labeled as “Ads by Widthie”, “Powered by Widthie”, etc. in order to distinguish from the others are prepared and monitored by remote servers. Each of them contains a link to third-party affiliate website that seeks to boost traffic, so there is no chance of knowing whether Widthie redirects will make you visit reliable websites or not. By the way, it’s not recommended to keep this adware installed in case you are concerned about your privacy’s security. Note that all adwares unexceptionally uses cookies, what means that Widthie install tracking software on your web browsers without requiring authorization and collects IP addresses, PC’s locations, email addresses, search terms, clicks, and other personally non-identifiable information. Therefore, if you suspect that Widthie adware has already slithered onto your computer, in this particular case we recommend using Reimage.

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How can Widthie hijack my computer?

Widthie can hardly be found on the Internet spreading as an individual application. Therefore, it’s nor very likely that you will download it by your own will. It’s more likeable that it will enter PC’s via other freewares and sharewares as an ‘additional component’. Fortunately, there is a possibility to prevent such and similar apps from getting installed on computers without explicit permission asked. First of all, it’s very important to select download source carefully. Besides, even if you are downloading a freeware from a reliable download source like, for instance, Cnet, Softonic, Soft23, Cnet, Download, etc. don’t forget to check its Advanced/Custom settings and untick check boxes saying that you agree to install Widthie or any other application that you are not familiar with.

How to remove Widthie virus?

Careful installation of freewares does not grant for hundred percent that any potentially unwanted program will end up on the system. If you’ve been tricked into installing Widthie virus on the system and now suffer from redirects, ads, slowdowns, and similar things, we recommend you to take corresponding actions and remove it without a delay:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Widthie ads, follow these steps:

Delete Widthie from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / 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. If you are 'Windows 10 / 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'.
  3. Uninstall Widthie and related programs
    Here, look for Widthie or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of Widthie from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Widthie or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove Widthie from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Widthie and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Widthie removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Widthie ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Widthie should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Widthie from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Widthie and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Widthie removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Widthie from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Widthie and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Widthie removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Widthie from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Widthie or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Widthie removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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