What is PassShow?
Created by Virtue Interactive Ltd, PassShow is a rogue browser add-on claiming to improve users' Internet browsing experience by enabling them to save passwords entered on any website.
The developers of this rogue plug-in employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install PassShow on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) without users' permission.
Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and for this reason, most users infect their computers with PassShow during download of free software on freeware download websites. Although PassShow may appear to provide legitimate and useful functionality, be aware that it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Following stealth installation, PassShow generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including coupon, banner, pop-up, in-text, and price comparison ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, PassShow continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various personal information that is likely to be personally identifiable.
For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations, unique identifier numbers, operating system information (types, versions, CPU types), search queries entered, search engines used, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other details.
This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. PassShow is similar to other adware that uses bundling as an installation method such as clicknmark, PassWizard, ReMarkable, and many others.
The purpose of this adware is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and none provide any real value for the user. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate PassShow from your Internet browsers.
Most adware is distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, download.com, softonic.com, etc.
Download clients are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% virus-free and legitimate') browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be avoided by inspecting each step of the free software download process and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If your computer is infected with PassShow adware, read the removal instructions provided to uninstall it from your Internet browsers.
Free software installers used in PassShow adware distribution:
Intrusive online advertisements generated by PassShow adware ('Ads by PassShow'):
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- What is PassShow?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PassShow application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PassShow ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PassShow advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by PassShow from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PassShow extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PassShow 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 "PassShow", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes PassShow ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PassShow 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 "PassShow", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that PassShow 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 passshow 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: "PassShow", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that PassShow 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 passshow 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 "PassShow". Note that PassShow 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 passshow 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 passshow 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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