SweetPacks Adware

Also Known As: Search.sweetpacks.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Moderate</strong>

SweetPacks adware - how to remove redirects to home.sweetim.com and search.sweetpacks.com?

What is SweetPacks?

Sweetpacks is a developer of browser add-ons. This company has created many popular browser extensions, which enhance users' Internet browsing experience, such as adding emoticons, enabling users to play premium games without charge, correcting spelling mistakes, video conversions, etc. The following are some of the names of Sweetpacks' browser plug-ins: Ginger, GamePacks, SweetIM, VideoConverter, and SweetIM for FaceBook. Alone, these browser extensions are not related to malware of virus infections, however, these add-ons cause browser redirects and unwanted ads issues. To monetize incoming web traffic, Sweetpacks add-ons modify the homepage and default search engine settings of users' Internet browsers to home.sweetim.com and search.sweetpacks.com respectively. Furthermore, their plug-ins are bundled with DealPly and PriceGong adware.

Whilst users can opt-out of changes made to their Internet browser settings, users often do not pay close enough attention to the installation steps, thus unwillingly install unwanted additional browser add-ons and allow modifications to their Internet browsers. Although the Sweetpacks browser extensions are useful to some, their deceptive monetization methods (redirects and bundled adware) categorize these add-ons as unwanted applications.

sweetpacks adware causing browser redirects

Sweetpacks browser add-ons are not related to maware of virus infections, however, due to enforced redirects to search.sweetpacks.com, home.sweetim.com, and installation of additional browser add-ons, these plug-ins are classed as adware. These browser extensions can be downloaded from the Sweetpacks homepage or are bundled with freeware downloaded from the Internet. To avoid installation of unwanted browser extensions, Internet users should be careful when installing free software downloaded from the Internet. Closely inspect each installation window and disallow any changes to your Internet browsers. If you feel that the Sweetpacks browser extensions were installed without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate the redirects and unwanted ads issues.

Deceptive free software installed used in Sweetpacks toolbar distribution:

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Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Search.sweetpacks.com

SweetPacks adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

sweetpacks adware uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "SweetPacks LTD, DealPly, SweetIM and PriceGong." related entries, select these and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling SweetPacks adware, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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SweetPacks adware removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

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Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for SweetIM, PriceGong and DealPly related entries (DealPly, Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker, Shopping Assistant Plugin, SweetPacks Toolbar for Internet Explorer, SweetPacks Browser Helper) and disable them.

To change your homepage from home.sweetim.com or search.sweetpacks.com to your preferred domain,

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove home.sweetim.com or search.sweetpacks.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sweetpacks , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

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Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

sweetpacks adware Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate these entries: "Ginger, PriceGong, DealPly, SweetPacks Chrome Extension" select them and click on the trash can icon.

To change your homepage from home.sweetim.com or search.sweetpacks.com to you preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over home.sweetim.com or search.sweetpacks.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sweetpacks , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

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Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

sweetpacks adware mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable these add-ons: "DealPly, Ginger, PiceGong SweetPacks Toolbar for FireFox".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove home.sweetim.com or search.sweetpacks.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with sweetpacks removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

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safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of search.sweetpacks.com be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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