Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is PassWidget?
Created by a company called Revizer Technologies, PassWidget is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
Developers of this browser add-on claim that PassWidget helps users to see their password so that they do not have to repeatedly enter it. In fact, this add-on is categorized as a potentially unwanted application, since it installs on Internet browsers without users' consent and generates intrusive ads.
Following PassWidget installation, users continually observe various banners and coupon ads whilst browsing the Internet.
Furthermore, this adware tracks users' browsing activity by recording pages visited, users' approximate geo-locations, IP addresses, browser types, time zones, operating systems, default search providers, browser languages, operating system languages, and other information.
This plug-in adds no significant value, diminishes Internet browser performance, and its presence on your system may lead to serious malware infections and privacy issues. Users who observe intrusive online ads displaying "Ads by PassWidget" and "Powered by PassWidget" should eliminate this adware from their Internet browser/s.
PassWidget is similar to other coupon ads-generating adware, including, for example, PredictAd, Sendori, OffersWizard, and PriceGong. These browser extensions are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Be aware that, today, most free software download websites employ deceptive 'download clients' offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen freeware. Thus, reckless free software downloading and installation may result in adware infections.
To avoid installation of PassWidget, or other potentially unwanted applications, be attentive when downloading free programs - inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of promoted browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. If you observe PassWidget ads whilst browsing the Internet, use this removal guide to eliminate them from your system.
Deceptive free software installer used in Passwidget adware distribution:
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- What is PassWidget?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PassWidget application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PassWidget ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ads by PassWidget from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove PassWidget adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PassWidget extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PassWidget adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for "PassWidget", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes PassWidget ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PassWidget ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "PassWidget", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by passwidget, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "PassWidget", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by passwidget, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "PassWidget".
Computer users who have problems with ads by passwidget removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by passwidget, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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