Sweet-Page.com Virus

Also Known As: Sweet Page Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Sweet-page.com redirect virus removal instructions

What is Sweet-page.com?

The sweet-page.com browser hijacker was created by a company called Wify Technology Limited. This browser settings-changing adware infiltrates users' Internet browsers via free software downloads and assigns the browser homepage and default search engine fields to sweet-page.com At time of research, this browser hijacker was promoted using a deceptive free software 'download client' developed by DomaIQ. Computer users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use download clients - small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen freeware. Internet users who do not pay close enough attention to the freeware downloading steps can inadvertently install the sweet-page.com browser hijacker or other potentially unwanted applications.

This adware is especially rogue since it changes Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) shortcut targets, thus, blocking users' attempts to change their homepage and default search engine settings. At time of research, sweet-page.com redirected users to search.yahoo.com, a legitimate Internet search engine, however, creators of this browser hijacker are able to redirect to malicious websites at any time. Therefore, you are advised to eliminate this browser hijacker from your Internet browser/s immediately.

sweet-page.com redirect virus

The sweet-page.com browser hijacker is identical to previous adware, which redirected Internet users to Do-search.com, Aartemis.com, isearch.omiga-plus.com, and NationZoom.com To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications, be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client, inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of advertised browser plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal installation of bundled adware. If your Internet browsers redirect you to the sweet-page.com website, use this removal guide to eliminate browser settings-changing adware from your computer.

Quick menu:

Sweet-page.com virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."

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 screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

sweet-page.com uninstall from Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "WPM17.8.0.3297", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Sweet-page.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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Sweet-page.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove Sweet-page.com virus from Internet Explorer:

Removing sweet-page.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.sweet-page.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing sweet-page.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change homepage:

Removing sweet-page.com from Internet Explorer homepage

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 Sweet-page.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Removing sweet-page.com from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "sweet-page".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to Sweet-page.com, 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 want 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

Google Chrome logoRemove Sweet-page.com virus from Google Chrome:

Removing sweet-page.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.sweet-page.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing sweet-page.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Remove Sweet-page.com related browser extensions:

Removing sweet-page.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab", select them and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Removing sweet-page.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over sweet-page.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Removing sweet-page.com from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "sweet-page" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of Sweet-pages.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle 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 want 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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Sweet-page.com virus from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing sweet-page.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.sweet-page.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing sweet-page.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change homepage:

Removing sweet-page.com from Mozilla Firefox 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 Sweet-page.com and enter your preferred domain.

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "sweet-page.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to Sweet-page.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

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

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

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 want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

A 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 privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Sweet-Page.com Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Sweet-Page.com Virus 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:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

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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