How to Remove Search SweetIM Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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I wrote this article to help you remove Search SweetIM Virus. This Search SweetIM Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Do you see the search.sweetim.com page every time you open one of your browsers? Did this site take the places of your previous homepage and search engine? If yes, the news is not good. You are dealing with a nasty browser hijacker. The appearance of search.sweetim.com is proof of that. The infection has already entered your machine and the display of this page is its way of revealing itself to you. Heed that warning.

Hijackers don’t make for pleasant tenants. They are not helpful either. All they do is make a complete mess of your browsing activities. Search SweetIM is not an exception. It will cause you nothing but problems which will grow in both numbers and severity as time passes. Don’t sit idly by waiting for this to happen. Each infection goes out of control sooner or later and then your predicament worsens. So, take action against the pest as soon as possible. The search.sweetim.com site is your clue. Once you spot it, start looking for the hijacker`s hiding place and when you find where it is lurking, remove it on the spot. The sooner it is gone from your system, the better. If you let it stay, it won`t be long before you regret it.

The search.sweetim.com becomes your constant online companion. Every time you so much as touch one of your browsers, the site is there to greet you. It even replaces your homepage and search engine and you are forced to use it whenever you want to search for something online. The problem is search.sweetim.com doesn’t generate safe and accurate search results as advertised. What is mostly shows you are sponsored, corrupted links. The hackers behind the hijacker use it to boost web traffic to particular pages and thus to gain money via the pay-per-click mechanism. With each one of your clicks on a link, you fills crooks` pockets. Doesn’t sound good, does it?

Remove Search SweetIM Virus
The Search SweetIM Virus

Aside from the unreliable reach results, though, you also see tons on just as unreliable ads which serve the same malicious purpose. You click, hackers earn money. What is worse, by clicking, you risk downloading more infections on your already infected machine. The last thing you need is more malware. Your PC is already underperforming because of this single one. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It lags all the time. It crashes. It reboots. Your browsers freeze too. Even your Internet connection may become unstable. All of this thanks to Search SweetIM. Imagine what your online activities will turn into if you download more pests. Don’t push your luck. Delete the hijacker and get your browsing back to normal. To do so manually, use our removal guide below.

How did you end up stuck with Search SweetIM? The most plausible explanation is that the hijacker arrived bundled in another program. Do you often download free apps from the web? Most users do. But what most users also do is throw caution to the wind during the installation process. This is a huge mistake and this is probably how you got infected. Do you read the Terms and Conditions before accepting them? This is a must! Make sure you know what you are giving green light to and don’t rush to press “finish”.

Also, always opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Standard ones. This way you are able to see all additionally attached programs which are about to be installed together with the original program. Deselect them. You have that option. Such “bonuses” are usually malicious and you do not need them on board. Remove them. Crooks pray for your negligence as if you are negligent, you would never take the time to check the entire bundle and all extras will be installed automatically. Prove them wrong and keep your machine virus-free.

Search SweetIM Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Search SweetIM Virus from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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