Swebgames.site is a recent example of an application from the browser hijacking class of software that seeks to generate income by bursting obstructive commercials through the screen of your web browser. In addition, Swebgames.site is often used to aggressively redirect the traffic of your searches to various ad-supported pages.
The advertising materials that Swebgames.site shows on your screen are typically paid through pay-per-click and pay-per view online advertising models, thus, they come in numbers, shapes and sizes that are meant to grab your attention and to leave you with no option but to click on them. Every time you interact with some of the pop-ups, banners, redirect links and on-screen notifications, this generates a small income for the developers of the program. Of course just one redirect or add click won’t make a huge revenue, but with Swebgames.site being installed on hundreds of browsers, the end profit may be substantial on a wider scale.
Unlike computer viruses and stealthy malware (such as Ransomware and Trojans) programs like Swebgames.site are easy to detect. The most prominent symptoms that give the browser hijackers away include changes in the browser’s search engine, homepage modifications, new toolbars and buttons in the taskbar and automatic redirects to random ad-supported sites. When faced with the above-mentioned changes, however, most users typically have no idea why and how they have happened. This is because the hijacker doesn’t really ask for their permission to modify their browser’s settings in a direct and informed way. Most commonly, this software is attached inside the installer of some more user-friendly applications that the users willingly install on their computers.
The Swebgames.site Pop up
Commonly, programs like Swebgames.site are added as bonus components that can attach to their Chrome, Firefox, Edge or any other web browser. Many people, however, are not used to paying careful attention to what is inside their software installers, so this is how they end up with browser hijackers and similar potentially unwanted software on their machines.
Uninstalling a browser hijacker can be extremely challenging and stressful. Keeping such software on your machine, however, may lead to even more frustration. That’s why, we suggest you to take a look at the instructions in the removal guide below and make use of them instead of losing time and efforts every day to cope with the hundreds of auto-redirects, browser changes and pop-up ads that an app like Swebgames.site may spam you with. By removing the hijacker, you will also gain full control of your favorite web browser and restore your preferred homepage, search engine and toolbars.
Unfortunately, having all the hijacker-related components removed can be a very challenging job, but it can surely be done if you carefully follow some steps. Besides, you may even prevent a random redirect to questionable web location or an accidental click on a misleading web ad that may deliver real viruses to your computer. That is why we urge you to take things into your own hands and uninstall the Swebgames.site app and reduce the chance of seeing your system compromised by a nasty ransomware, a Trojan or some other stealthy malware that uses malvertising as a means of distribution.
Swebgames.site Pop up Removal
In some cases, the quick instructions that follow may be enough to remove Swebgames.site without too much hassle. You may want to give them a try before you dive deeper into the detailed removal guide below.
- Launch the browser that has been causing you issues and in its Settings, More Tools (or Add-ons in some browsers).
- Open the Extensions tab and seek extensions linked to Swebgames.site. Sometimes browser hijackers like this one tend to add helper extensions that facilitate their activity in the browser.
- Once you detect the Swebgames.site-related extensions, remove them. (in some browsers you may have to select the Trash Bin icon next to the extension)
- Look for other extensions that have been installed without your approval and remove them as well.
If Swebgames.site is still present on your browser and is still bothering you after you complete the instructions above, then you need to follow the detailed steps in our Swebgames.site removal guide which starts from here:
It is very important that you firstly Bookmark this page in order to get back to it quickly because, during some of the steps in the guide, you will have to quit your browser.
After you have done that, enable the Safe Mode on your computer. This mode will prevent other processes from stopping you to remove Swebgames.site and will make its elimination easier.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Now, let’s begin the actual removal process of Swebgames.site. Start with using the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination to open the Task Manager. Once in, go to the second tab that says Processes (in Windows 10 and 8 it is called “Details” ). There you will find a detailed list of the processes that are running on your PC. You will have to carefully look at them and try to locate the processes that are related to Swebgames.site and helping it run.
Once you are sure that you have found an Swebgames.site-related process, right click on it and choose the Open File Location option. The files found in that location should be scanned for malware. For your convenience, you can use the free online virus scanner on this page:
In case that the files that you scan get flagged as malicious, go back to the Processes tab and End the processes that are related to them. After that, delete the folder that contains the flagged files.
After you are done with ending the Swebgames.site-related processes and deleting the malicious files, press the Start and R keys on your keyboard together to open the Run box. In it, type the following command: appwiz.cpl
Don’t forget to click the OK button to execute it. This will launch the Control Panel. Similarly to what you did in the Task Manager, you will have to search for questionable entries related to Swebgames.site and uninstall them if you detect any.
Open the System Configuration window by typing msconfig in the Windows search field and hit enter. This window will appear on your screen:
Click the Startup Tab and look at the Startup Items on the list and find the ones that are linked to Swebgames.site. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox before these items. Items that have “Unknown” Manufacturer or look questionable should also be disabled. Then, click OK.
Once you have completed the instructions in step 3, press together the Start and R keys on your keyboard and copy the following in the text field of the Run box that opens:
Hit the Enter key to run the command.
A file named Hosts will appear on your screen. In it, find where it writes “Localhost” and check if there are some other IP addresses under it. If your computer is hacked, chances are that there will be a bunch of IPs as is demonstrated in the image below:
Please, write to us in the comments below this post if you find any lines under your “Localhost” so we can advise you on what to do in case you have really been hacked.
In your Windows Start Menu, search for Network Connections and open them. Then, look at the instructions in the images below and repeat the steps from 1 to 4 as they are shown:
- Tap on the Network Adapter that is currently in use and right-click it. Choose Properties
- In Properties, find the Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), highlight it and click Properties.
- Make sure that the DNS line is set to Obtain DNS server automatically and click on Advanced
- Select the DNS tab and delete everything that is written in the field. Then click OK.
Now, it is time to remove Swebgames.site from your browsers. Please note that browser hijackers like this one may affect all the browsers in your system, thus, to ensure that they are removed completely, you need to apply the instructions in step 5 for all your browsing apps.
NOTE: We are demonstrating the instructions in Google Chrome, but if you are using Firefox and IE (or Edge) or some other browser, you can do the same in it as well.
First, go to your Desktop and find the shortcut icon of the browser. Right-click on it and select Properties from the menu that opens.
Once you enter in Properties, click on the Shortcut tab as it is demonstrated on the image below, and where it says Target, remove everything that is written after .exe.
Remove Swebgames.site from Internet Explorer:
If you are an Internet Explorer user, launch the browser and head for its gear icon . Click it and choose Manage Add-ons from the menu.
Swebgames.site might have added some entries in the Add-ons section. Try to find them and select Disable.
Next, go back to but select Internet Options this time. See if the homepage URL has been changed to something else and if it is, change it to a URL of your preference. Select Apply.
Remove Swebgames.site from Firefox:
For Mozilla Firefox browser, launch it and click Once the menu opens, go to Add-ons and select the Extensions tab. See the extensions that are listed there and Remove the ones that seem to have anything to do with Swebgames.site.
Remove Swebgames.site from Chrome:
Next, close the Chrome browser and go to the following directory:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data.
Find the folder that is called “Default”:
Highlight it and right-click on it. Select Rename and set the new name of the folder to Backup Default. After that Restart Chrome.
In this final step, you will need to find and delete the files linked to Swebgames.site in your Registry Editor. The Registry Editor has a lot of sensitive system settings, thus, when you are dealing with it, make sure that you are very careful with what you are changing and removing.
To open it, type Regedit in the windows search field. Select the regedit.exe and press Enter to run it.
When it opens, use the CTRL and F key combination to open the Find dialog box. In the empty text field, type Swebgames.site (the exact name of the virus). Then, click on the Find Next button. If there are files found with that name, delete them. Repeat the search process until no more files with the Swebgames.site name are found.
After that, go manually to these directories in the Registry Editor:
Once you go to each of the directories, look for folders that are named with some random or odd names (randomly-generated letters, numbers, and symbols, unusually long names, etc.) and delete those folders. However, be very careful about what you delete, as any mistakes may lead to serious system corruption.
If you have questions about anything in this guide, we will be glad to answer them if you leave us a comment below this post. If Swebgames.site is still present on your computer after you complete the steps in the guide, we recommend that you use the powerful anti-virus tool, the link of which you can find above in the article.