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Should I remove PassWizard?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
82% remove it18% keep it
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How common is it?
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What is PassWizard?

PassWizard is an adware program that runs within the user's web browser and will modify various browser settings such as changing the search provider. In addition, this adware will inject display ads in the browser either by inserting new banner ads that would otherwise not be displayed on webpages viewed by the user or by adding new advertisements on top of existing ads. It will also insert hyper-text links on pages to display popup ad formats. Ads that re displayed are typically low quality and are not associated with the underlying web site the user is visiting. In many cases this adware is difficult to remove through the standard installer that is provided or will only remove some parts of the program and will not reset items such as the hijacked search and home pages.


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). In the Mozilla Firefox browser, it will add an add-on. The primary executable is named PassWizardy.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 1.49 MB (1,565,042 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PassWizard.
PassWizardy.exe (7e39b8127a119ff5359dbf6da5d128a9) has been flagged by the following 17 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 893 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.147412
avast! 2014.9-140825 Win32:Malware-gen
AVG 2015.0.3371 Generic5
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Bitdefender Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.147412
Comodo Security 19197 Application.Win32.Adware.WDUnlocker.A
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.147412
ESET-NOD32 8.10259 a variant of Win32/AdWare.AddLyrics.AT
F-Secure 11.2014-25-08_2 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.147412
G Data 14.8.24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.147412
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. PUA.AddLyrics
McAfee 5600.7027 Artemis!7E39B8127A11
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7027 Artemis!7E39B8127A11
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.147412
Qihoo-360 HEUR/Malware.QVM10.Gen
Symantec 8/25/2014 rev. 2 Trojan.Gen
VIPRE Antivirus 32234 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
k4PassWizardrl176.exe (640c26a32098fb48e649787b9eba8d65) has been flagged by the following 29 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Application.Generic.709746
AegisLab 1.5 AdWare.MSIL.DomaIQ
Agnitum Outpost PUA.AddLyrics!
AhnLab-V3 2014.10.03.00 Downloader/Win32.AdCenter
Antiy-AVL Trojan/Win32.SGeneric
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Adware-BWL [Adw]
AVG Generic5.BHNH
Avira TR/Graftor.150960.24
AVware Revizer (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.AddLyrics.bBN
Bitdefender 7.2 Application.Generic.709746
Comodo Security 19681 ApplicUnwnt
ESET-NOD32 10499 a variant of Win32/AdWare.AddLyrics.BN
Fortinet FortiGate Riskware/AddLyrics
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Application.Generic.709746
G Data 24 Application.Generic.709746
McAfee Artemis!640C26A32098
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BehavesLike.Win32.BadFile.cm
MicroWorld-eScan Application.Generic.709746
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Graftor.dfocxt
Norman 7.04.04 Troj_Generic.VMBSV
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
Qihoo-360 Win32/Trojan.4b1
Rising Antivirus PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.172F8912!388991250
Sophos 4.98.0 AddLyrics
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 Adware.Adpopup
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R047C0EIP14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R047C0EIP14
VIPRE Antivirus 33602 Revizer (fs)
S5PassWizardV34.exe (0fbe45a5b1ada13cefbbc99325a1a8da) has been flagged by the following 23 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Gen:Variant.Adware.Zusy.91730
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Agent!
AhnLab-V3 2014.08.26.00 Trojan/Win32.Agent
Avira AntiVir Adware/Zusy.91730.6
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]
AVware Revizer (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.Agent.Akly
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.Zusy.91730
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.Zusy.91730 (B)
ESET-NOD32 10313 a variant of Win32/AdWare.AddLyrics.BJ
F-Prot W32/A-c15b742b!Eldorado
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.Zusy.91730
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Zusy.91730
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:AdWare.Agent
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.dluk
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Revizer
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.Zusy.91730
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA NE
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 Trojan.Gen
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R08NH07HP14
VIPRE Antivirus 32538 Revizer (fs)
PassWizardEY173.exe (1c6a38bdcd225c2081249d248c3758d7) has been flagged by the following 16 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.146579
Avira AntiVir Adware/Graftor.146579.46
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]
AVG Generic_r.PX
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.146579
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.146579 (B)
ESET-NOD32 10250 a variant of Win32/AdWare.AddLyrics.AQ
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.146579
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.146579
IKARUS anti.virus T3. PUA.AddLyrics
K7 AntiVirus 9.183.13043 Adware ( 0049c1131 )
K7GW 9.183.13043 Adware ( 0049c1131 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Agent.heur
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.Graftor.146579
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
VIPRE Antivirus 32190 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
PassWizardM66.exe (c1b8d1bff2ceaf30699b308b64d5c366) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG Generic_r.OV
AVware Revizer (fs)
ESET-NOD32 10249 a variant of Win32/AdWare.AddLyrics.AS
IKARUS anti.virus T3. AdWare.Generic
Kaspersky not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Agent.heur
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.5c6
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA PD
VIPRE Antivirus 32176 Revizer (fs)
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PassWizard has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: PassWizard-software
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\passwizard-soft
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PassWizard-soft\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PassWizard

Program executable:PassWizardy.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\passwizard-soft\PassWizardy.exe
Additional files:
  • PassWizardEY173.dll
  • (Malware detected) PassWizardEY173.exe
  • (Malware detected) PassWizardM66.exe
  • (Malware detected) PassWizardy.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • 176.dll
  • 176.xpi
  • k4PassWizardrl176.dll
  • (Malware detected) k4PassWizardrl176.exe
  • K7PassWizardh.exe
  • (Malware detected) S5PassWizardV34.exe
  • Sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • 176.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PassWizard' with the class of {08C8F799-CA02-0781-7292-62370D66652E}.
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • S5PassWizardV34.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PassWizard Update' (runs daily at 6:01 PM).
  • K7PassWizardh.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PassWizard_wd' (runs daily at 6:12 PM).
  • PassWizardy.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PassWizard_wd' (runs daily at 4:08 PM).
  • PassWizardM66.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PassWizard Update' (runs daily at 3:57 PM).
4 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • S5PassWizardV34.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named PassWizard Update.
  • K7PassWizardh.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named PassWizard_wd.
  • PassWizardy.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named PassWizard_wd.
  • PassWizardM66.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named PassWizard Update.
2 Services
  • k4PassWizardrl176.exe runs as a service named 'PassWizard' (PassWizard) "PassWizard".
  • PassWizardEY173.exe runs as a service named 'PassWizard' (PassWizard) "PassWizard".

How do I remove PassWizard?

You can uninstall PassWizard from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PassWizard, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PassWizard.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by PassWizard you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 10 67%
Win 7 (SP1) 33%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 82%
Keep it 18%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 66.67%
Windows 7 33.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 Pro 66.67%
Windows 7 Professional 33.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.67% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.67%
  Canada 16.67%
  Germany 16.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 66.67%
Dell 33.33%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6400 33.33%
Acer Aspire 7330 33.33%
Acer Aspire V3-571 33.33%


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