Title: Sweetim.com virus
Also known as: Search.Sweetim.com virus

Remove Sweetim.com virus
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Severity scale:Sweetim.com virus severity is 29  (29 / 100)
 

Sweetim.com virus is a typical potentially unwanted program (PUP), which can infiltrate computers in a bundle with other free downloads. Once it does that, it starts what it was created for - promoting various unknown domains that are related to it. Some of these domains are harmless (Search.Sweetim.com is harmless as well), but some of them may be filled with misleading advertisements and notifications that keep offering for PC users to use different discounts, install various programs or simply watch something for free. Of course, you should stay away from such sites and leave them ASAP. The clearest sign that sweetim.com virus has infiltrated your computer, is the changes in your homepage and default search engine. If you noticed that each of your search sessions are associated with the Sweetim.com, you should check your PC with updated anti-spyware. 

How can Sweetim.com virus infiltrate my computer?

Sweetim.com virus can infiltrate the target PC system unnoticed. In fact, people accept with its installation when they don't pay enough attention to freeware's installation process. In order to avoid that, you should always choose a custom or advanced installation method and uncheck these checkboxes that say that you agree to install sweetim or other free additions. If you failed to do that, you may soon find Sweetim.com instead of your start page or default search engine. This virus may also initiate modifications in the proxy settings and even the Hosts file. The wort part of this is difficulties when trying to surf the web in a regular way. 

How to remove Sweetim.com virus?

In order to remove Sweetim.com virus, follow these steps:

1. Uninstall Sweetim.com, Sweetim Manager, Toolbar and anything what is related to SweetIM from your computer:

Click "Start" -> "Control Panel" -> "Programs and Features" or "Add or Remove Programs". Look for SweetIM entries and click 'Uninstall' to remove them from your computer. Besides, you should uninstall SweetIM for Messenger, SweetPacks Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Update Manager for SweetPacks entries.

2. Remove SweetIM from each of your browsers:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon or ‘Tools‘ -> 'Internet Options'.
  2. Here, go to the 'Advanced' tab and click the 'Reset' button.
  3. Go to the 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' -> 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' option.
  4. Finally, click 'Close' and OK to save the changes.

Mozilla Firefox: 

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go to the 'Help' section -> 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  2. Here, choose a 'Reset Firefox’ for a couple of times and 'Finish'.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button, select 'Tools' -> 'Extensions', find Sweetim and other unknown extensions, and remove them by clicking Recycle bin.
  2. Now click 'Settings' -> 'Manage search engines' and change your default search engine.

3. Run a full system scan.

For that, we recommend using STOPzilla or SpyHunter that will help you to detect all infected files on your computer. Before a scan, be sure that these programs are updated and have the full virus data base.



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Information added: 2014-01-20 06:31:57
Information updated: 2014-01-20 06:31:57

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Jeff Wells
Last night, I downloaded a program from cnet.com: Free RAR Extract Frog. Upon installing it, I was given the opportunity to install three additional items that included SweetIM. I didnt choose any of these add-ons, and unclicked all three boxes. The installation of the program took forever; in fact, I had to manually shut the computer down, but before I did, I saw three new icon shortcuts on my desktop; SweetIM and two others. I deleted the icons, yet SweetIM "had its way" with my system.

I have Windows XP; Firefox 15.0.1; Internet Explorer 8.

SweetIM became my preferred homepage whether I used Firefox or Internet Explorer. I went to Add or Remove Programs through my Control panel, but I couldnt find SweetIM, under any name.

I went to both browsers and changed my homepage back to google, but no matter how many times I did this, SweetIM always hijacked the homepage.

I went to both browsers in order to disable SweetIM as an add-on. I did this successfully in Firefox (but to no avail; it didnt seem to help); I couldnt find SweetIM as an add-on in IE.

When I used Firefox, and when I clicked on the little "house" icon which normally takes me to my homepage, seven new tabs tried to open all at once, pages that were convinced that they were all my homepage.

Luckily, Spybot informed me that SweetIM is a bad program. I did find SweetIM in my program files, but when I clicked on SweetIMs uninstall file, nothing happened. When I clicked on Start and then All Programs, SweetIM did not appear in my program list.

I wrote to SweetIM, telling them that they ought to be ashamed of themselves for unleashing this malicious program. I asked them to help me; SweetIMs technical support sent me an automatically generated reply and suggested that I read their FAQ page; I even tried to use SweetIMs online uninstall, but to no avail. By the way, that reply did not have word wrap, and the e-mail was just one really long sentence that bled off into Outlooks right margin.

This morning (remember, SweetIM attached itself to my system late last night), I ran Spybot which detected 118 SweetIM entries (mostly in my computers Registry). Spybot was able to clean 114 of those items, and suggested that I restart my computer, and allow Spybot to run as it restarted. When the computer restarted, Spybot ran for about 90 minutes.

When Spybot finished, I found SweetIM still in the Program directory, yet there were only four files left (perhaps these were the four that Spybot couldnt fix of the 118 it found the first time through). I deleted those items. I opened Firefox and IE where I found SweetIM as my homepage; I changed the homepages on both, restarted both browsers, and SweetIM is gone.

Ive reported this problem to cnet. SweetIM is nasty; thank goodness for spyware programs such as Spybot. Thank you for this website because SweetIM is dastardly evil in more ways than one.
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Not working
what can i do ?
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This isn really helpful
It seems uninstalling what you think is the problem then scanning would be the first thing to do. I already did that and 10 minutes later, SweetIM started showing up in my processes again. It didnt work, so Im looking up solutions. Obviously this tutorial doesnt work, so what would be the next step in getting rid of this?
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keenan
you can remove sweetim from your system using c-cleaner. I dont know why but on a lot of systems that I have had seen with crap like sweetim uninstalling using traditional methods doesnt work. so just install c-cleaner if you have not already, then just go to tools uninstall and the rest is simple :)
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davtos
the damn SweetIM comes up anyhow when a new page in Firefox is opened (not when the first page opens) - even if all the possible links to the program. It places an add right in the middle and invites to seach with a line looking like Google.
You have the the feeling they check all the sites visited and passwords typed.
How do I get rid of this nuisance??

thanks in advance
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Michael
Even after it is removed, there are folders it leaves on your hard drive. They are in use so you can not just delete them. THIS is the true virus, just uninstalling will not remove the problem. This program is loaded with viruses.
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1000by1000
Yeah,It even takes you to the site of sweetim search (even when you are trying to get drivers from dell)
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Marilynn
An "easy" fix for a number of these nuisances is to:
-Press ctrl+alt+del
-Start Task Manager
-Select the "Processes" tab
-Right-click the sweetim process
-Select "End Process Tree"

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