You are seeing ads claiming to be brought to you by PassWidget when surfing the Internet, especially when browsing online shopping websites? Wondering how and when it got into your computer? Want to find a way to get rid of it? Read on to figure out this computer infection and follow the instructions to remove PassWidget.
What Is PassWidget?
PassWidget is promoted as a tool that helps you see your password so you don’t have to type it again and again. However, in reality, it is a potentially unwanted program categorized as adware. Although can be downloaded and installed willingly from its official websites, all too often, PassWidget infiltrates into your computer without your knowledge and approval when you install other free downloads, such as video recording/streaming, download-manager.
Once it found its way onto your PC, PassWidget will add plugin or extension to your installed web browser including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome. In this way, PassWidget distributes advertisements labeled with “Ads by PassWidget” and turns text into hyperlinks all over the webpage that you are visiting, especially on those of online merchants. Sometimes, you may even confront automatically popped out browser window that containing various ads. All those ads, hyperlinks and pop-out windows are designed to promote games, questionable applications, and other products, so you may notice that some other unwanted programs got installed from nowhere.
You may wonder how PassWidget survived your installed antivirus and antimalware program. That’s because PassWidget is categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry, not so offensive to your PC. But PassWidget does interfere with users’ surfing experience for it is reported that webpages are extremely slow to load after infected by PassWidget. Worse still, PassWidget can access your data on all websites, tabs and browsing activity and manage your apps, extensions, and themes. So you are suggested to follow the guide below to get rid of this program if it weren’t installed by you personally.
How to Remove Ads by PassWidget from Browser?
Five steps for removal of PassWidget ads
- ❶ Uninstall PassWidget and other PUP from computer
- ❷ Remove PUP.XXX(PUP.PassWidget) and other virus infection hidden in your PC
- ❸ Eliminate PassWidget browser extension from all of browsers
- ❹ Clean up leftovers of PassWidget and optimize your PC
- ❺Web guard for pop-ups and malicious websites blocking(Optional)
Deep cleanup for you disk
❶ Uninstall PassWidget and other PUP from computer
Because PassWidget installs on PC along with other PUP, so please locate PassWidget and other PUP such as Jump Flip, Snap do, Connect Toolbar, Mobogenie, etc and any other unknown and suspicious program from control panel to ensure your PC is free from any negative program.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click “Start” (“Windows Logo”)>”Control Panel“>”Uninstall a program“(under Program)>look for PassWidget, and any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
For Windows 8: Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner> “Control Panel” >”Uninstall a program“(under Program)> Look for PassWidget, and any dubious program, select them and click Uninstall/Change.
Alternative uninstall method
Install and start Cloud System Booster.
Click on “ToolBox” right under the homepage→download and run Anvi Uninstaller→select PassWidget and remove any suspicious programs(skip the first step “Creat System Restore Point“).
You can directly clean up leftovers caused by PassWidget and these dubious PUP after uninstall them if you use the Pro Version.
❷ Remove PUP.XXX(PUP.PassWidget) and other virus infections hidden in your PC
PUP.XXX including PUP.PassWidget refers to malicious files of potentially unwanted programs like PassWidget remaining in your PC which can’t be removed from control panel. As PassWidget pop-up virus is suspicious of misleading you to malicious websites contain virus infections, you need use antivirus software to scan and remove all of virus infections.
Please install Anvi Smart Defender firstly. And then run it for a quick or full scan.
❸ Eliminate PassWidget browser extension from all of browsers
Because PassWidget extension will not be get rid of along with the removal of this unwanted program and other viruses, you must remove them to get rid of coupons from PassWidget and keep the security of your personal information.
Slim Toolbar (a pro tool contained in PC optimizing software Cloud System Booster that we recommend for you to clean up junk files and optimize computer in step 4) specializes in detecting and removing malicious and negative toolbar, add-on, extension, plugin and browser help object in major browsers.
Removal process demonstration:
1. Purchase the Cloud System Booster and install it according its navigation.
Run it→click the arrow at the lower right corner→click Slim Toolbar
It is also available for you to use another independent and free version of Slim Toolbar to remove PassWidget extension automatically.
The trial version is free for 15 days:
For long-time usage, please click here purchase the browser extension management software:
Start it and click Manager. Then select PassWidget add-on on all browsers and remove.
–Or you can choose to manually remove PassWidget extension from your browser
Then come to Toolbars and Extensions tab. Right click on PassWidget and then click on Disable.
Switch to the Extensions Tab. Click Remove to get rid of PassWidget.
Locate PassWidgetand then remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
❹ Clean up leftovers of PassWidget and optimize your PC
The residual junk files, error and invalid registry entries of PassWidget and other viruses, which are not malicious but slow down your PC speed must be clean up. Because the excess leftovers will crash down your running program easily and do harmful to your PC. Here the system maintenance and optimization tool Cloud System Booster is recommended.
Download Cloud System Booster:
2. After you install the program, please open it, click on Quick Clear button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clear button there to remove these junk files, invalid registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
Note: Because some users had their computers been infected with PassWidget via malicious websites. In order to reduce the chance that the adware gets onto PC again when you visit malicious sites in your browsing history by accident, please follow us to clean up you browser cookies.
Back to Could System Booster Homepage→click Disk Cleaner→scroll over and opt for Internet Explorer Cookies, Firefox Cookies and Google Chrome Cookies→Click Start Clean to remove them.
Except this system cleaning, please clean up junk files and other system junk regularly to keep your PC in a healthy state.
❺ Web guard for pop-ups and malicious websites blocking
To avoid the harassment of various pop-ups, ads, malicious and/or hijacked websites as well as phishing websites, you have to install a legitimate software for 24-hours protection. Here we recommended you a free blocker Anvi AD Blocker to keep you surf safe online.
Anvi AD Blocker Download:
Because this free version is only vaild for 15 days, if you want to get a long-time online protection, you have to purchase its pro version:
After install the software according to instructrons, please start it and click “ON” button to keep it running. Then close it to allow it works in the background to give you a real-time protection.
Besides, if you decide to block a website forever and allow Anvi AD Blocker to block it automatically for you without a notification, please do this according what the picture shows to achieve it.
Deep cleanup for you disk
After a longtime of use, your disk must carry a heavy load. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.
After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.
Tips for Surfing Safely
(How To Avoid Being Infected with PUP like PassWidget Again in the Furture)
To safely surf in the further, we need to adopt necessary measures to get free from virus infections. Here we offer you some effective prevention tips and these tips are applied to all of virus kinds.
1. Keep your antivirus software and other security protect applications up to data.
2. Be attentive to visit websites, especially those unknown and with strange looking. It is high recommended to install a protective tool like Anvi AD Blocker for blocking malicious websites and popups; for details, please read Safer Surfing Online –Turn on Security Features of Web Browsers.
3. Do not click those unknown and suspicious links and attachments in email.
4.When install software, make sure you’re getting the software from a trusted source.
5. Even if you have to install a necessary software, please always select Custom Installation instead of Recommended Installation and refuse any plugin by opting for Decline or Skip or other means during the process of installing such free software.
6. Delete internet browsing history including the history of the websites you have visited and the history of the downloads you’ve performed to prevent you from getting malicious infections again.