Toothy is a suspicious extension you might find on the list of add-ons on your Google Chrome browser. Some users download it from the Chrome Web Store expecting that it is a useful extension, whereas others are forced to install it by the malicious pop-up that takes over the entire screen and does not let users close it until they agree to install the promoted extension, i.e., Toothy. Either way, you must delete this piece of software from your browser because it is not one of those browser extensions that can be trusted. In fact, it is better known for specialists at 411-spyware.com as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Potentially unwanted programs are far from harmful malicious software, but it is still not smart to keep them active because they also perform undesirable activities and, as a consequence, their presence might have undesirable outcomes. For example, you might be exposed to potential threats and your privacy might be violated. Read the rest of this article to find out what can happen if Toothy stays and then decide whether or not to keep it installed yourself. In case you decide to erase it, do not hesitate to use our free manual removal guide you will find placed below this article.
Toothy is not a malicious application, but we cannot say anything positive about it. We are sure you will not find this extension beneficial either, so delete it without any hesitation. Our researchers have confirmed that its drawbacks outweigh the benefits. First, according to them, the chances are high that this piece of software will start collecting information about users and then share the recorded data with third parties, which might be quite dangerous because the recorded information about you might end up in the hands of people having bad intentions/disreputable companies. We do not think that it will record the so-called personally-identifiable information, but the chances are high that it will start automatically collecting the non-personally identifiable information that consists of various details that cannot identify you personally (e.g., a browsing history and links clicked) and some technical details (e.g., the Internet Service Provider, IP address, the type of browser installed on the computer, etc.). There is one more thing our specialists have found suspicious. They have noticed that Toothy asks a permission to read and change data on websites users visit. If users install it and, by doing that, give it permission to change the data, it has a right to modify websites they visit, for example, it might place third-party links on those websites users visit. Generally speaking, Toothy is not a malicious application, but, unfortunately, we cannot call it a trustworthy piece of software either.
Although some users install Toothy directly from the Chrome Web Store, we are not going to change our opinion – the majority of users are forced to install this piece of software. A pop-up promoting it is displayed on their screens in full-screen, and they must install this extension so that they could leave the page. Trustworthy applications are never distributed like this, so we are sure we have not made a mistake by putting Toothy into the category of potentially unwanted software. Do not let another undesirable application enter your system again without your permission – enable security software on your computer and never install software you know nothing about even if you see a pop-up in full-screen telling that you must do that.
Luckily, Toothy is not malware, so it can be deleted quite easily via the add-ons manager. You first need to access it, locate Toothy on the list, and click the recycle bin icon next to it. There is a way to remove it easier too – scan your system with an automated malware remover. Not all scanners can erase undesirable software from users’ computers, so do not download the first scanner you find on the web, especially if it is available on some kind of file-sharing website.