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How to remove the Widgi Toolbar malware

Some anti-malware programs classify pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Artemis!1110001A5018 (detected by McAfee), and Spigot Toolbar (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Widgi Toolbar software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about Widgi Toolbar and how to get rid of it.

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PdfforgeToolbarIE.dll file information

The process known as Widgi Toolbar for Internet Explorer belongs to software pdfforge Toolbar or Widgi Toolbar by Spigot (www.spigot.com).

Description: PdfforgeToolbarIE.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PdfforgeToolbarIE.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 700,416 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 726,016 bytes and 13 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/pdfforgetoolbarie.dll.html 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402. The program is not visible. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. The pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. PdfforgeToolbarIE.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll, you may also want to remove the entire program pdfforge Toolbar or Spigot, Inc. using Windows Control Panel or use the software publisher's support site.

Recommended: Identify pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Artemis!1110001A5018 (detected by McAfee), and Spigot Toolbar (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Widgi Toolbar has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.

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Best practices for resolving pdfforgeToolbarIE issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active pdfforgeToolbarIE process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.



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