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Should I remove pdfforge Toolbar?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #28,230
Reach 0.0055%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 224.87 days
1036.64 days >
Average installed length: 544.67 days


6.5 100.00%

pdfforge Toolbar v6.5

What is pdfforge Toolbar?

This toolbar is typiclaly bundled with the installation of the free version of PDF Forge that installs a Spigot toolbar in your Web browser that collects and stores information about your web browsing habits and sends this information to Spigot so they can suggest services or provide ads via the toolbar. The toolbar is typically bundled with the free PDFCreator program as an option during installation and does not necessarily get uninstalled when PDFCreator is removed from the user's PC and must be removed manually. If the home page and search settings were modified by this toolbar, they need to be manually reverted back by the user.

About  (from Spigot)

The Spigot Search Settings is an application which is part of the Spigot Toolbar. Spigot searchsettings.exe'spurpose is to check periodically your default search engine and restore it to Yahoo in case you agreed to set it to Yahoo in the first place and another application is trying to change it. It's easy to uninstal...  Read more
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • May modify the web browser's home page
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
pdfforge Toolbar has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pdfforge.org/content/pdfcreator-toolbar-spyware
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\pdfforge Toolbar\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{169917C4-4A77-45F4-B20E-860703FD5E6F}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by pdfforge Toolbar v6.5

Program executable:WidgiHelper.exe
Name:Widgi Toolbar
WidgiHelper Application
Path:C:\Program Files\pdfforge Toolbar\WidgiHelper.exe
Additional files:
  • WidgiHelper.exe - Widgi Toolbar (WidgiHelper Application)
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll - Widgi Toolbar for Internet Explorer
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE64.dll
  • applicationupdater.exe - Application Updater

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'pdfforge Toolbar' with the class of {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402}.
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE64.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'IObit Apps Toolbar' with the class of {03EB0E9C-7A91-4381-A220-9B52B641CDB1}.
2 Internet Explorer Toolbars
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'pdfforge Toolbar' with the class of {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402}.
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE64.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'IObit Apps Toolbar' with the class of {03EB0E9C-7A91-4381-A220-9B52B641CDB1}.
2 Internet Explorer URL Search Hooks
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'pdfforge Toolbar' with a class of {B922D405-6D13-4A2B-AE89-08A030DA4402} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • pdfforgeToolbarIE64.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'IObit Apps Toolbar' with a class of {03EB0E9C-7A91-4381-A220-9B52B641CDB1} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
  • applicationupdater.exe runs as a service named 'Application Updater' (Application Updater) "Automatically downloads and installs application updates.".
Network connections
  • applicationupdater.exe connects to ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.24 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0018985732%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00147789%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00042068%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:10,189
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:61 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove pdfforge Toolbar?

You can uninstall pdfforge Toolbar from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program pdfforge Toolbar v6.5, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove pdfforge Toolbar.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by pdfforge Toolbar v6.5 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win 7 3%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.74%
Windows XP 17.59%
Windows 10 12.04%
Windows Vista 4.63%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 49.06%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.98%
Windows 7 Professional 9.43%
Windows 8 Pro 3.77%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 2.83%
Windows 10 Pro 2.83%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.54% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 45.54%
  United States 11.61%
  Italy 5.36%
  France 4.46%
  Hungary 4.46%
  Belgium 3.57%
  Netherlands 3.57%
  United Kingdom 3.57%
  Brazil 1.79%
  Austria 1.79%
  Canada 1.79%
  MK 0.89%
  Chile 0.89%
  Colombia 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 26.23%
Hewlett-Packard 14.75%
Medion 14.75%
Dell 9.84%
American Megatrends 9.84%
Samsung 8.20%
Lenovo 4.92%
ASUS 3.28%
Intel 3.28%
Sony 1.64%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7616 3.16%
MEDION P6630 2.11%
Acer Aspire X1700 2.11%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 2.11%
Samsung R540/R580/R780/SA... 2.11%
MEDIONPC MS-7728 2.11%

About (from Spigot, Inc.)

Keep your customers coming back and delight them with contextually relevant content and applications.
Publisher URL: www.spigot.com

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expert comment
jerry (Expert)over a year ago
Yesterday I installed the latest version of PDF Creator on my workstation and immediately got malware warnings about the pdfforge toolbar from McAfee VirusScan.