Exterminate It! Antimalware


Known threats:700,086 Last Update:March 16, 12:51


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Aliases of PSW.Widget (AKA):

[Eset]Win32/PSW.Widget.097 trojan
[Panda]Trojan Horse.LC, Trojan Horse, Trj/PSW.Widget.062, Trj/PSW.Widget.097
[CA]Win32.PSW.Widget.056, Win32/Widget.056!PWS!Trojan, Win32.PSW.Widget, Win32/Widget.A!PWS!Trojan, Win32.PSW.Widget.062, Win32/Widget.062!PWS!Trojan, Win32.PSW.Widget.061, Win32/Widget.061!PWS!Trojan

How to Remove PSW.Widget from Your Computer^

To completely purge PSW.Widget from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with PSW.Widget. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the PSW.Widget files and folders, see the following section How to Delete PSW.Widget Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).

How to Delete PSW.Widget Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with PSW.Widget are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the PSW.Widget files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.


A trojan is a program that is disguised as legitimate software but is designed to carry out some harmful actions on the infected computer.

Unlike viruses and worms, trojans don’t replicate but they can be just as destructive.

These days trojans are very common. Trojans are divided into a number different categories based on their function or type of damage.

Be Aware of the Following Trojan Threats:

Vanti, Japanese.Christmas, AP.gh, Reversi, Evil.AIM.SN.Maker.

Hacker Tool

Hacker tools are utilities designed to help hackers gain control of remote computers in order to use them as zombies (in DoS attacks, for example), download other malicious programs into those computers, or use them for other malicious purposes.

Be Aware of the Following Hacker Tool Threats:

PWS.Gamania.dll, AIM.Pws, Win32.Ducracker, r, ARCV.

How Did My PC Get Infected with PSW.Widget?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with PSW.Widget:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like PSW.Widget. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like PSW.Widget.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including PSW.Widget, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting PSW.Widget^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with PSW.Widget:

PC is working very slowly

PSW.Widget can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with PSW.Widget.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

PSW.Widget can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. PSW.Widget may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

PSW.Widget may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

PSW.Widget may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.