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Remove My Sweeps Tab (Removal Instructions) - Free Instructions

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My Sweeps Tab – a browser extension that can read browsing history and track your searches

My Sweeps TabMy Sweeps Tab is a potentially unwanted application that track user information and shares it with certain parties

My Sweeps Tab is a potentially unwanted application[1] that is designed to hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another web browser. For that purpose, the extension changes the URL of the homepage and new tab to hp.hmysweepstab.com and appends a customized search engine, which redirects all queries to Yahoo. While browsing the internet via a suchlike modified web browser, users disclose their browsing information to third parties. They are also more likely to visit sponsored websites, as the search results are filled with promotional links and ads.

While some users might install My Sweeps Tab intentionally via such sources like Google Web Store, most find the extension after they download freeware from a third-party website – this is yet another reason why it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program. Additionally, the hijacker will also ask users to allow notifications to be shown – yet another way to promote My Sweeps Tab ads.

Name My Sweeps Tab
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Infiltration While the app can be installed via legitimate sources such as Google Web Store, potentially unwanted programs are usually distributed in deceptive ways, such as software bundling or fake update prompts
Symptoms
  • My Sweeps Tab extension installed on the web browser
  • Homepage and new tab address is set to hp.hmysweepstab.com
  • All searches are redirected to Yahoo
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links
  • If notifications were allowed, pop-up ads show up on the desktop
  • Overall slower operation of the web browser
Risks While browser hijackers are not considered to be minor browser infections, they can sometimes make users download other potentially unwanted and useless apps, cluttering their machines. Also, when insecure sites are accessed, users might be tricked into subscribing to worthless services, resulting in monetary loss. Finally, the app gathers a variety of data that is later shared with business partners and affiliates
Termination  Use the step-by-step instructions provided below or scan your machine with powerful anti-malware software. To stop desktop notifications, you should access browser settings and eliminate the hijacker entry (we explain below how)
Optimization If you machine is struggling after the infection, you can use ReimageIntego to fix virus damage automatically

Just like many similar browser hijackers of this type, My Sweeps Tab boasts its allegedly useful features. Similar apps, such as GameSearchSafeplex SearchHide My History, Shipment Trackers, and many others, typically use some type of theme to appeal to a certain audience of people. For this, these hijackers append various links to sites focused on weather, recipes, online games, and other topics.

My Sweeps Tab developers claim that the purpose of this app is to allow users to access popular lottery, bingo, and sweepstake sites quickly. Additionally, the app also appends links to popular sites that provide information to weather or similar seemingly useful features. However, links that allow quick access to websites have been implemented by all modern browsers for a while now – users can customize which sites they want to see as well, rendering this feature relatively useless.

While the developers pretend to care about users' searches, they use the Yahoo engine to feed them ads, display altered search results, and monetize on each click made. In the background, My Sweeps Tab collects a variety of information about those who have the extension installed, as explained in the Privacy Policy:[2]

We may collect information from you based on information collected resulting from your use of our Services and information that you provide to us. The information collected may include both Non-Personal Information and Personal Information. 

The gathered data includes:

  • Name, email, phone number, if such is provided;
  • Hardware model and the operating system type;
  • IP address;
  • Internet Service Provider;
  • Geolocation;
  • Browser settings;
  • Bookmarks, etc.

Unfortunately, the collected information is also shared with business partners, affiliates, service providers, and some other parties. If you are concerned about your privacy, get rid of My Sweeps Tab hijack as soon as possible.

In most cases, you can remove My Sweeps Tab virus by right-clicking on the extension. However, since potentially unwanted applications typically travel in a bundle, there is a chance that you have other useless apps installed on your system. Thus, you should check your web browsers for additional browser extensions, as well as for the installed apps.

My Sweeps Tab virusMy Sweeps Tab is a browser hijacker that that changes new tab and homepage URL to show sponsored links to users

Also, My Sweeps Tab removal might not be complete by just eliminating the extension. In case the push notifications from the hijacker were enabled, you will keep seeing ads and pop-ups directly on your screen even after you uninstall the PUP. Therefore, you should access the settings of your web browser and disallow hp.hmysweepstab.com to show notifications – we provide a full explanation below.

Finally, if you keep seeing ads and your browser is still hijacked, we highly advise you to scan the device with anti-malware software and then reset all the installed web browsers. For best results, we also recommend using PC repair tools like ReimageIntego after all suspicious add-ons and apps are termination from the system.

Ways to avoid potentially unwanted applications

Potentially unwanted programs typically travel within software bundles – software packages that include several apps. While the technique itself is not malicious – users can be offered optional apps, of course. Still, the problems begin when third-party websites or software authors attempt to disguise optional components within the installers. As a result, users end up with useless and sometimes even dangerous programs on their systems.

While the technique is deceptive, users can always prevent the unwanted infiltration of apps if they pay enough attention to the installation process of the freeware. In fact, if you only download new applications from official sources, you do not have to deal with deception and installation of programs without permission.

Nonetheless, if you still insist on downloading apps from third parties, we recommend following tips provided by dieviren.de[3] security experts:

  • Before installing the app, check its online reviews, blog or forum posts, and find other relevant information online;
  • During the installation process, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings instead of Quick/Recommended ones;
  • Make sure that the app allows you access to important documents, such as Privacy Policy and ToS;
  • Watch out for various tricks: misplaced buttons, pre-ticked boxes, fine print text, misleading offers or deals, etc.;
  • Employ reputable anti-malware software that would warn you about the installation of PUPs.

Remove My Sweeps Tab and other potentially unwanted apps from your system

My Sweeps Tab removal from the web browser should not cause you too much trouble, as the hijacker does not require some special permissions during the infiltration process which would stop users from eliminating it successfully. However, many users reported that the pop-up ads from the extension still kept showing up, even after uninstallation of the app. This happens due to enabled notifications, and they can only be stopped via the web browser settings.

To remove My Sweeps Tab ads and pop-ups, perform the following steps on your web browser:

Google Chrome

  • Click on Menu and select Settings
  • Under Privacy and Security, pick Site Settings
  • Select Notifications
  • Under Allow, locate hp.hmysweepstab.com entry
  • Click on More actions (three vertical dots) and select Block

My Sweeps Tab ChromeIf My Sweeps Tab ads do not stop, access Chrome's notification section or reset the web browser

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and go to Menu > Options
  • Select Privacy & Security section on the left
  • Scroll down to Permissions section
  • Click on Settings next to Notifications
  • Select hp.hmysweepstab.com and pick Block from the drop-down menu

Safari

  • Go to Safari > Preferences…
  • Under Websites tab, pick Notifications
  • Pick hp.hmysweepstab.com and then choose Deny

Finally, if nothing above worked, perform a full system scan with anti-malware software and reset all the installed web browsers as explained below.

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To remove My Sweeps Tab, follow these steps:

Erase My Sweeps Tab from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall My Sweeps Tab and related programs
    Here, look for My Sweeps Tab or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove My Sweeps Tab from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate My Sweeps Tab from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove My Sweeps Tab from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for My Sweeps Tab-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 My Sweeps Tab, 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 related to My Sweeps Tab and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the My Sweeps Tab-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall My Sweeps Tab from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for My Sweeps Tab and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete My Sweeps Tab removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove My Sweeps Tab 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 My Sweeps Tab-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

Delete My Sweeps Tab from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select My Sweeps Tab and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete My Sweeps Tab removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of My Sweeps Tab from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select My Sweeps Tab and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete My Sweeps Tab removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase My Sweeps Tab from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for My Sweeps Tab or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by My Sweeps Tab, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete My Sweeps Tab removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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