Ads by SweetPlayer (Free Guide) - updated Mar 2021

SweetPlayer ads Removal Guide

What is Ads by SweetPlayer?

SweetPlayer is the threat that shows pop-up boxes with coupons, in-text ads, and banners marked with Ads by Sweet Player

SweetPlayer Ads by SweetPlayer is the program causing redirects and other intrusive activities that may expose you to malicious content.

SweetPlayer is the program that gets advertised as a useful tool that allows viewing videos from YouTube directly on your desktop. However, it appears to more intrusive than users thought when installing the player willingly.[1] And for some of the users, this PUP appeared on the system out of nowhere via deceptive methods like software bundling. The tool causes redirects to questionable pages and pop-ups that promote installations of similar software or toolbars, optimization programs.

Although it is called the SweetPlayer virus, this is a threat that belongs to the potentially unwanted program category which is known for the relation with advertisers. This is concerning because malvertising techniques require a collection of various information about online users.[2]

Name SweetPlayer
Type Adware
Symptoms Shows promotional content, installs other programs, tools, redirects to commercial pages
Can cause General system slowdowns, diminished time online, browser crashes
Main danger Tracks data regarding the users' online habits and may share those details with third-party companies
Distribution Freeware installations, bundled software, deceptive promotional ads, malicious websites
Elimination Install a tool like an anti-malware app and remove SweetPlayer
Repair Rely on tools like FortectIntego for the file damage repair

People can get the Ads by Sweet Player during a social engineering-based campaign during which “Please, install the new SweepPlayer to download and watch videos” message appears on the screen at random times and once the button Install gets pressed the PUP is automatically downloaded.

Since SweetPlayer is not a useful or valuable program, you shouldn't keep it running on the device. The continuous redirects and intrusive material exposes to possibly malicious pages where you can unknowingly get malware.

SweetPlayer displays content that can easily be identified because it comes with these on each banner or pop-up:

  • “Powered by Sweet Player“,
  • “Brought to you by Sweet Player“,
  • “RocketTab powered by Sweet Player“,
  • “Ads by Sweet Player”.

Adware is the threat that may try to trick you into installing suspicious programs on your computer. It may get inside your computer along with other freeware and make you confused because you will not remember installing it. Don't worry!

If it has already started showing signs of presence on each of your web browser, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer, you should take needed actions and make sure that you remove it because an application may cause various issues on your computer. Perform SweetPlayer removal as soon as you notice alterations and questionable content and clean the system.

SweetPlayer adwareSweetPlayer is the potentially unwanted program that shows promotional content or even tricks you into installing some software.

SweetPlayer virus tends to get inside computers bundled with free software. Once it does so, it may hijack all the most popular web browsers and enable third-party advertisements. Tons of ads may vary from pop-up update alerts to commercial advertisements containing various deals, coupons, discounts, and so on.

Beware that after clicking on 'Ads by SweetPlayer' that offer to install additional software you may find another adware or browser hijacker on your computer. By the way, you should also do not trust its pop-up, pop-under, banner, in-text, and other commercial ads because they may be filled with links to suspicious websites filled with doubtful content.

In the worst-case scenario, Sweet Player redirects can make you visit corrupted websites and trick you into installing malicious programs. Finally, keep in mind that such and similar programs that belong to the adware category are 'famous' for tracking people. As we know, they all are set to install cookies and monitor user's web browsing activities.

Such activity may seem harmless; however, keeping in mind how often the adware is exploited by cybercriminals, you should not think of those cookies as harmless because one day they may be used for stealing personal information. To avoid this happening, remove SweetPlayer as soon as it gets inside the system. The most reliable way to do that is to run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Sweet Player PUPSweetPlayer virus is the threat that may seem legitimate and useful, but there is a particular scam campaign delivering these pop-ups on your screen that encourage to install the player.

SweetPlayer gets distributed via social engineering technique when messages with ” Please, install the new SweepPlayer to download and watch videos”. This campaign is also caused by the PUP and tricks users into installing this adware or another potentially unwanted program that may affect the performance.

These pop-ups happen out of nowhere and appear on various browsers. Constant repeats of these messages indicate the infection, so make sure to perform a system scan and Sweet Player removal. React to the shady content and eliminate the PUP once you get the following message delivered:

Video Player Update Recommended

Please install the new SweetPlayer
to download and watch videos
•Free, Simple, Fast and Powerful media player.
•Plays Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
•Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed!
•MPEG-2, DivX, MP3, AVI, H.264, MKV, WMV…
•Media conversion and streaming.

Installation takes less than a minute

Install / Download

Distribution ways of suspicious software

Promotional content or ads marked with the specific name of the intruder on your screen are a clear sign that your computer has been affected by an adware-type and a potentially unwanted program. In general, every time when people are tricked into installing adware and browser hijackers, they should consider strengthening the computer's security.

That's because a reputable and updated anti-spyware can detect potentially unwanted programs quite easily and prevent their infiltration. But don't forget the fact that suspicious programs may be updated on a daily basis, so you may not be able to update your anti-spyware every day.

Experts[3] recommend you to be very careful when installing freeware and, in this way, stay safe. Since the most common distribution method for various PUPs is 'bundling', you have to check every freeware if it's not filled with additional components.

In order to do so, you should select Advanced or Custom installation option, detect add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, extensions if there are any and unmark all of them. Otherwise, you may unconsciously install a virus and experience various inconveniences.

Focus on the Sweet Player virus elimination and system cleaning

Sweet Player redirects and ads may not only annoy you to death but may also reroute to suspicious domains and trick you into installing other unwanted programs. It is considered to be the primary aim of such programs – to spread other similar programs via promotional advertisements or install them directly without users' consent.

You need to eliminate all the related programs or in-browser material to end the intrusive behavior. Thus, follow the SweetPlayer removal guide that is given below and remove this program with all the other extensions and add-ons from the machine, your web browsers.

However, to remove SweetPlayer itself completely, you should scan the machine using anti-malware tools. Antivirus programs can find all possible threats and eliminate them all at once. Get a proper tool, run a system check, and follow the suggested steps when the list of risks or malware appears.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of SweetPlayer ads. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Remove Sweet Player from the machine with this guide:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

You may need to reset the Google Chrome to get rid of the Sweet Player virus

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of SweetPlayer registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

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Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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