Sweetpacks Toolbar – Remove It, Kill It!

Wicked Mike - computer frustrationSweetpacks Toolbar had my head screaming this morning! To get an early start on my backlog, i was up at 4.30am only to waste my next 5 hours trying to remove Sweetpacks. It had installed itself illegally the day before. I had downloaded a different program which was accompanied by the Sweetpacks offer which i rejected! It ignored my decision and became a hero amongst Malware.

What it does is take over your search results. In this case, Google.

I may have many sites designed through WordPress but i’m primarily a blogger. I am not an IT geek! I don’t say that with disapproval because there are times like these that i wish i was one…or still lived in the big city when there was one in every suburb.

Nevertheless, i can offer you advice after those painful hours dug through over 200 search results, approximately 50 pages and several programs RESULTING IN NO SOLUTION! Even the incredible Malwarebytes never worked. I want to save you from “borborygmus” which means intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas:)

Soft Rock Videos 2012I am using Firefox as my browser but i’m sure that the principles will apply to Explorer etc.

When cleaning Registry entries, don’t delete every search result that is found as i fear you may cause yourself injury. Use your logic. And if it looks confusing, call someone to use the tools below. But check it out first.

DOWNLOAD

  • CCleaner (for free here – you’ll keep this lovely program for ever)
  • RegSeeker (for free from Hoverdesk or MajorGeeks – never install any third party software such as search bars so be careful what you tick or untick).
  • Install both.

FIREFOX

  • Tools -> Addons -> Remove Sweet IM
  • On your Search Bar (as in the picture below), click the icon and then remove the SweetIM/Sweetpacks option.
  • Close your Browser!

SweetPacks toolbar removal

REMOVE PROGRAM ENTRIES WITH CClEANER

  • Open CCleaner
  • Under Cleaner tab, select Cookies -> Run Cleaner
  • Under Tools you will see all your programs listed. Click on column for Install Date so you can easily find the latest entries.
  • Remove the following (or any that are similar):
    • SweetIESetup.exe
    • SweetIM Toolb
    • SweetPacks To
    • SweetIM Technologies Lt
    • IM Technologies
  • Click on Registry tab -> Scan for Issues -> Fix selected issues.
  • Close CCleaner.

REGSEEKER

  • Click tab for Find in Registry.
  • Search for ‘SweetIM’ and delete the results.
  • Close Regseeker.

FINAL THINGS TO DO
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NB: This solution is still working for the majority but those bastards at Sweetpacks are obviously making new variants so there’s no 100% certainty you’ll vanquish the monster:(

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