What is PassWizard?
Developed by Virtue Interactive Ltd, PassWizard is a potentially unwanted browser extension claiming to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by revealing saved passwords so that they do not need to be re-entered.
Although this may seem legitimate and useful functionality, be aware that PassWizard is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This rogue browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
The bundling method installs additional applications together with the chosen software, and therefore, most users install PassWizard during download of free software from freeware download websites.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, PassWizard generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
These intrusive advertisements include banner and coupon ads. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, this potentially unwanted application monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information that may be personally identifiable.
For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations, unique identifier numbers, operating systems (type, version, CPU type), default search engines, search queries entered, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other details.
This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to uninstall PassWizard adware from your Internet browsers.
There are many similar PUPs that employ bundling as an installation method (for example, PassWidget, PredictAd, OffersWizard, Sendori, etc.) These browser extensions, including PassWizard, are useless to the user since their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Commonly, users infect their computers with PassWizard when downloading free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, amongst many others.
Download managers are used by these websites as a free service monetization tool since they offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered.
In addition, if you are installing downloaded software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Regular' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and enable you to decline them.
If you have installed PassWizard, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installed used in PassWizard adware distribution:
Intrusive online ads generated by PassWizard adware ('Ads by PassWizard'):
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- What is PassWizard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PassWizard application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PassWizard ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PassWizard advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by PassWizard from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PassWizard extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PassWizard 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 "PassWizard", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes PassWizard ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PassWizard adware 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 "PassWizard", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that PassWizard ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the passwizard adware, 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: "PassWizard", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that PassWizard ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the passwizard adware, 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 "PassWizard". Note that PassWizard ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with passwizard adware 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 passwizard adware, 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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