|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.
Image Source: Reddit
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Widthie from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Widthie from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Widthie from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Widthie from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Widthie from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Widthie from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Widthie from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Widthie from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Widthie
Step 2: Uninstall Widthie and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Widthie on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Widthie there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Widthie from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Widthie and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Widthie via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Widthie files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Widthie, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Widthie from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Widthie from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Widthie from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Widthie from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Widthie will be removed.
Eliminate Widthie from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.