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How to Remove “Ads by PassWidget” Pop-up Ads? (Adware Removal Guide)

 

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.

PassWidget adware 1

 

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.

PassWidget adware 2

 

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 PassWidget and Stop PassWidget Pop-up Ads? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                           

Outline of the removal guide:

Step 1 Uninstall PassWidget and related malicious programs

Step 2 Remove PassWidget extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

Step 3 Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries with Cloud System Booster

Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

To remove PassWidget and stop pop-up ads in internet browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox) completely, please follow the guide below. Some victims of this adware have complained that it is incredibly persistent, so please follow the guide step by step in its order. If you have any questions, please leave a reply below and we will try our best to help you to resolve your problem.

 

 

Step 1 Uninstall PassWidget and related malicious programs

 

As mentioned above, PassWidget often infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should uninstall PassWidget and any suspicious and unexpected programs that installed recently.

 

 

Option 1 > Uninstall mannally through Control Panel

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall PassWidget and other unknown programs.

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall PassWidget and any suspicious third-party application

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove PassWidget and any suspicious third-party application

 

 

Option 2 > Uninstall automatically with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system optimizer and cleaner. After uninstall a program, Anvi Uninstaller will detect leftovers, such as registry keys and junk files.

 

1. Download and install Cloud System Booster

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

2. To uninstall PassWidget and related programs:

Launch Cloud System Booster → switch to Expert mode → select Toolbox → download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → switch to Recently Installed tab → locate PassWidget and any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove it

Please kindly note that downloading Anvi Uninstaller won’t take you much time.

Anvi Uninstaller

 

The Prefect Scan function is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

 

Step 2 Remove PassWidget extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

 

Alternative—Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

If you are still encountering PassWidget ads after removing PassWidget and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove PassWidget leftovers on your web browser.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on PassWidget and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove suspicious extensions (PassWidget)

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

For Google Chrome Users:

To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate PassWidget and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

 

 

Optional Troubleshoot—Repair your installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

Also, you can download and install a tool to assist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application.

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar free download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button

Coupon Locker-Anvi Slim Toolbar scan result

 

3. Empty trash bin:

The removed toolbars and extensions are placed in the trash bin in case you want them back, so you need to empty the trash bin regularly.

Click on the trash bin icon, then you can restore or remove toolbars and extensions there.

Coupon Locker-Anvi Slim Toolbar restore center

 

 

Step 3 Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

 

Please note that although PassWidget and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

 

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

CSB-clean

 

Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of PassWidget. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips

 

1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

As mentioned above, PassWidget sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

 

2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

 

3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

Adware like PassWidget may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

ASD

 

There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)