Widgi Toolbar

Widgi Toolbar Description


The Widgi Toolbar is one of several toolbar products that are marketed by the Spigot company. Although the Widgi Toolbar is marketed as a seemingly legitimate product, the overwhelming majority of user experiences have been negative, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have also pinned Widgi Toolbar with showing many of the traits that are common to low-level PC threats, including browser hijackers and minor types of spyware. Normally, Widgi Toolbar should be removed by anti-malware software, since the Widgi Toolbar may resist normal deletion methods, although some of its functions can be disabled from within your browser’s settings. Despite its drawbacks, most prominently its tendency to hamper your operating system’s performance, the Widgi Toolbar can’t be considered a high-level threat in the same ranks as backdoor Trojans or banking Trojans, and a minor delay in removing Widgi Toolbar shouldn’t cause any extreme harm to your computer.

When a File Editor for Adobe Formats Goes Rogue


Currently, Widgi Toolbar is distributed in installations of PDF Creator, along with related toolbars, such as the PDFforge Toolbar, the Dealio Toolbar, YoutubeDownloader or MyBrowserBar.
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Symptoms from Widgi Toolbar and other Spigot company toolbars (which should be treated as clones of each other with respect to their danger levels) can include:
  • Constant usage of RAM and other system resources. This can make Widgi Toolbar guilty of worsening your computer’s performance, causing slowdowns and overall instability with unrelated programs.
  • Browser hijacks that change your browser settings or redirect you to Spigot-related websites at Widgi Toolbar’s whims. Some notable redirect targets include 404 error pages, your homepage and your search engine.
  • Low-level spyware attacks that gather information about your web-browsing habits, such as which sites you visit and how long durations of your visits last.

Sending the Widgi Toolbar PUP Away without Its Bone


Widgi Toolbar, as a Potentially Unwanted Application, may resist standard deletion attempts. However, anti-malware programs should be able to remove Widgi Toolbar easily, although this may also entail the removal of related programs that were installed with Widgi Toolbar. SpywareRemove.com malware analysts generally encourage PC users to avoid software with a history of bundling with PUPs like Widgi Toolbar unless no other alternatives are available.

Widgi Toolbar and related PC threats can sometimes be disabled by disabling your browser’s extensions and other add-ons. Nonetheless, this doesn’t remove the Widgi Toolbar, which should be deleted appropriately if you have no intention of using its questionable features or related programs.

Browsers that are affected by Widgi Toolbar and related PC threats include Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Aliases


a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Widgi [ESET-NOD32]TROJ_GEN.F47V0716 [TrendMicro-HouseCall]TROJ_GEN.F47V0927 [TrendMicro-HouseCall]Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud) [Kingsoft]Win32/Virut.bn [Jiangmin]



Widgi Toolbar Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{2DC9C611-D7C2-42A3-9312-BFF512812022} "(Default)" = "IWidgiToolbarHost"HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C3ABD5A3-E699-4B9F-97FF-25B121A41276 "(Default)" = "IWidgiBHO"
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C089D5FC-CFE2-4BCD-A522-2981448227CE}
Posted: May 10, 2011 | By
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