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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as virus , virus | Type: Browser hijacker

What is is a typical search engine that should also be categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. No matter that it may seem like a normal search site, it has been noticed that it is mostly spread with a help of bundling. This means that it can easily infiltrate its target computers in a bundle with other free downloads as an optional component. In order to get ability to avoid it, you should be very very careful when downloading such programs as download managers, PDF creators and similar apps.

If virus gets ability to infiltrate the system, it starts what it was created for. First of all, it modifies the system and alters the start page, the default search engine and sometimes the new tab page. After doing so, this search engine starts showing altered search results for promoting its affiliate websites. In most of the cases, that’s various unknown domains that are seeking to increase their page rank or sales. However, we can’t guarantee that each of these domains is harmless and safe. If you want to avoid unsafe and suspicious websites that they may be used just for tricking you into revealing your sensitive information, you should stay away from Besides, this page may try to show you misleading advertisements and notifications that may be filled with information about missing updates, different discounts, useful programs and similar things that have always been attracting people. Of course, after clicking them you may end up with other suspicious programs on your computer, so you should ignore each of Sweetim ads or simply remove this hijacker from your computer.

The easiest way to remove hijacker from the system is by running a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. Please, make sure that the program that you want to use for scanning your PC and eliminating this PUP is up-to-date. We highly recommend selecting one of these anti-spywares: Reimage Reimage Cleaner (compatible with Windows OS), Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (compatible with Windows OS and Mac OS X). virus

How can hijack my computer?

Just like or Babylon Toolbar, virus can infiltrate its target PC system unnoticed because it has been actively spread using bundling. In fact, when this method is used by scammers, it tricks people into accepting the installation of this search engine. This can happen if you don’t pay enough attention to freeware’s installation process and leave such pre-checked check marks as ‘Make my default search engine’. 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 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 virus?

In order to remove virus, follow these steps:

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Remove from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Jeff Wells says:
    September 13th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Last night, I downloaded a program from 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.

  2. Not working says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    what can i do ?

  3. This isn really helpful says:
    December 24th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    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?

  4. keenan says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    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 🙂

  5. davtos says:
    April 8th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    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

  6. Michael says:
    June 11th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    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.

  7. 1000by1000 says:
    June 16th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Yeah,It even takes you to the site of sweetim search (even when you are trying to get drivers from dell)

  8. Marilynn says:
    August 16th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    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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