This page aims to help you remove SweetPacks. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
This article is dedicated to a program called SweetPacks that has been giving quite the number of online users some hard time. SweetPacks is a browser hijacker and like any browser hijacker, it tends to integrate with your Firefox, Chrome, Opera or other browser and hijack its settings. So, often this manifests in a new and unfamiliar homepage greeting you once you open your browser, as well as a different default search engine now redirecting you to various sponsored websites. Software like this often also tends to install new toolbars to your browsers and initiate the production of large quantities of online ads. So, all of this just further contributes to the overall frustration that the presence of a browser hijacker usually results in. And on top of it all, deleting the program responsible (or what you think is deleting, at least) doesn’t make the changes go away and they just simply magically reappear once you restart your browsing program. Not to mention all the safety concerns that instantaneously come to mind at the sight of all the uninvited changes. But not to worry. Below we will show you how you can permanently remove SweetPacks from your system and restore your browser settings to their original state.
What you should know about browser hijackers
Despite the fact that this software type has been around for a very long time now, there are still a number of misconceptions floating around the web and in users’ psyches about them. One of them is that browser hijackers are actually viruses. In reality, however, they are pretty far from it. A browser hijacker like SweetPacks could never hack your system, take charge of your personal files, steal them, damage them, blackmail you for money like the infamous ransomware would, etc. None of these actions are something a hijacker can undertake. Furthermore, browser hijackers don’t have the capability to self-install in your system either, and that’s something that most viruses are adept at. Believe it or not, you actually installed this bad boy all by yourself and we will get to that point in just a little bit.
How to Uninstall SweetPacks
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove SweetPacks from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove SweetPacks from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SweetPacks from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!
For the moment let us explain what SweetPacks is, since we have already made clear what it isn’t. And basically any browser hijacker is just a piece of programming designed to promote websites, products and services by means of rather aggressive advertising approaches. These are the said changes to your browser’s settings, for one. And for another these are the endless streams of banners, box messages, popups and other online ads that juts shower your screen the moment you try to browse the web. And the reason for all this is that besides gaining more exposure for these products and services on the one hand, browser hijackers generate profit for their developers on the other. This is done in accordance with Pay Per View and Pay Per Click remuneration models, so it’s obvious that the only interest here is to get as much advertising material out there as possible.
This, in turn, leads to constant processes running in the background and using your computer’s resources to sustain them. So, as a result, having a program like SweetPacks over a longer period of time could also impact the PC’s overall performance. On top of that, though, hijackers often introduce certain changes to the system registry of the computer they’re on, which could hinder its ability to protect itself from malware and viruses. And that’s definitely not something you want.
So, as promised this brings us over to the point of how SweetPacks ended up in your system to begin with. Sometimes software like this is available for download from their official websites, where they are marketed as useful pieces of programming. However, it’s more common for users to unknowingly download them as parts of other programs that are typically distributed for free on rather questionable file-sharing platforms. And what the developers count on in these cases is that the users will run the setup without paying any attention to it using the Default settings and simply rushing past all the steps. We’ve all done it, so we’re sure you can relate to. To prevent this, however, all you have to do is spend that extra minute of your time and select the Custom or Manual installation. Then actually make the effort to read through the different steps and you will at some point reach one asking you whether you would like to install a list of added components (such as SweetPacks) as well. That’s where you can simply decline and save yourself the trouble of dealing with unwanted software later on.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Changed browser homepage, new default search engine, endless streams of online ads on the screen|
|Distribution Method||Can be downloaded from official website, but more commonly spread in program bundles alongside more attractive software|
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