SweetIM

SweetIM Description


SweetIM Screenshot 1SweetIM is an emoticon plugin for Internet Explorer. Although SweetIM does provide some of the emoticon features that SweetIM claims to have, SweetIM also contains numerous characteristics that are less desirable than smiley faces. SweetIM (search.sweetim.com) may look like a harmless smiley-enabler, but there’s a multitude of functions beneath SweetIM’s smile that make it worth avoiding whenever possible. Due to the breadth and invasiveness of its hidden functions, SweetIM may be detected as either adware or spyware by anti-malware scanners. As a silver lining, however, many symptoms of infection by SweetIM are very easy to notice, such as:
  • Blocked web browsers that are incompatible with SweetIM, such as Chrome or Firefox.
  • Poor performance in Internet Explorer, which is the one browser that SweetIM, as a BHO, is designed to function within.
  • The presence of additional toolbars that are related to SweetIM’s malicious search engines or other forms of harmful content.
  • Browser hijacks, such as changes to your homepage settings or redirects to malicious sites like search.sweetim.com.

Because SweetIM installs a wide range of different components on your PC, you should never try to delete SweetIM in the same way that you’d remove a normal plugin – and, in fact, SweetIM has explicitly avoided any inclusion of a normal removal process via Control Panel, in any case.
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A combination of anti-malware software and standard anti-malware techniques (such as booting into Safe Mode) are recommended to delete SweetIM for good.

The Bitter Aftertaste of SweetIM


Even if you feel that you’ve gotten rid of SweetIM, some of SweetIM’s less visible functions than the ones listed above may also cause continuing problems for your computer or other computers until they’re resolved. After removing SweetIM, you may want to consider altering important security information and double checking your security settings.

SweetIM is marketed at its own site and at download sites that offer poor security, but can also be bundled with unrelated programs. Pay attention to unusual offers during installation procedures to avoid a SweetIM installation slipping through the door when you intend to install something else.

Aliases


Trojan.Win32.A.Agent.188760 [ViRobot]Adware.SweetIM.2 [DrWeb]TROJ_SPNR.16AM12 [TrendMicro]TrojWare.Win32.PkdKrap.Gx [Comodo]Win32:Downloader-MOM [Trj] [Avast]a variant of Win32/Kryptik.ZBL [NOD32]Artemis!B35054C47844 [McAfee]BackDoor.Maxplus.470 [DrWeb]Gen:Variant.Graftor.12959 [BitDefender]W32/FakeAV.AHML [Norman]

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SweetIM Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with SweetIM? To safely & quickly detect SweetIM we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}free-for-download bundleSweetIM Bundle by SweetPacks{C3E85EE9-5892-4142-B537-BCEB3DAC4C3D}HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\Classes\Extension.ExtensionHelperObject.1SOFTWARE\Classes\SWEETIE.IEToolbarSOFTWARE\Classes\SWEETIE.IEToolbar.1SOFTWARE\Classes\SweetIM_URLSearchHook.ToolbarURLSearchHookSOFTWARE\Classes\SweetIM_URLSearchHook.ToolbarURLSearchHook.1SOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar3.SWEETIESOFTWARE\Classes\Toolbar3.SWEETIE.1Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{EEE6C360-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Stats\{7D4F1959-3F72-49d5-8E59-F02F8AA6815D}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\SweetIM.exeSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{7D4F1959-3F72-49D5-8E59-F02F8AA6815D}SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions, value: {8E9E3331-D360-4f87-8803-52DE43566502}Software\SweetIMSOFTWARE\Updater By SweetPacksSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{EEE6C35C-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID, value: {EEE6C35B-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions, value: {8E9E3331-D360-4f87-8803-52DE43566502}SWEETIE.IEToolbarSWEETIE.IEToolbar.1Toolbar3.SWEETIEToolbar3.SWEETIE.1
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {EEE6C35E-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847}{8E9E3331-D360-4f87-8803-52DE43566502}{7D4F1959-3F72-49d5-8E59-F02F8AA6815D}{82AC53B4-164C-4B07-A016-437A8388B81A}{4D3B167E-5FD8-4276-8FD7-9DF19C1E4D19}{EEE6C35D-6118-11DC-9C72-001320C79847}
Posted: January 17, 2012 | By
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