|Short Description||Widthie is a suspicious browser extension that should be uninstalled.|
|Symptoms||A text about the current screen width is presented.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or from Chrome web store.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Widthie|
There have been user complaints about a peculiar pop-up that is displayed on Google Chrome. The text displayed is a number that shows the screen width. However, the pop-ups are reported to be quite annoying. Our research indicates that they are produced by a roguish browser extension called Widthie.
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It is currently available for download on Chrome web store. However, we doubt that users have willingly downloaded the suspicious add-on. It must have landed on the PC thanks to a bundled software package. Clearly, it is malware-related and should be removed as soon as possible.
Why Do I Have Widthie on My PC?
Both cyber crooks and legitimate software companies may decide to use the bundling distribution technique. Bundling is definitely an issue in 2015, and users should know how it works.
First of all, always opt for the custom installation and avoid automated installers. Only when you select the Advanced option, you get the chance to un-check any added or recommended software products. However, when we talk about suspicious software and bundling, a ‘silent’ or ‘unattended’ bundler may have been applied. The silent type of installer will not inform the user in any way, the unattended one doesn’t need user interaction to take place.
Image Source: chrome web store
Is Widthie Extension Dangerous to My System?
Since no information about the origin of the extension is provided, it’s evident that something is wrong with it. Even if it does provide the width of the user’s screen, it will also get in the way of his browsing and will pop up on every page he opens.
Here is what we know about dubious browser extensions such as Widthie:
- Suspicious browser applications may collect sensitive data from the PCs they are installed on.
- Third-party add-ons may be involved with third-party online marketers and may display intrusive, related advertisements to the user.
- Roguish software of any kind makes the system more vulnerable to malicious online threats.
How Can I Remove Widthie from My Browser?
You can try and locate the extension manually. However, scanning the system via your present anti-malware program is highly advisory. The Widthie extension may have brought another intruder, or it alone may have been brought by a potentially unwanted application.
Open the instructions in the accordion below the article to remove the threat manually.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter