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SweetIM - bad??


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#1 Farrah2

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:44 AM

Hi Bleeping Computer gurus

I was surfing the net when I got a pop up box saying my home page had been changed to SweetIM. I clicked on Do not allow but it went ahead and made itself my homepage. I've now also got a SweetIM menu bar underneath my usual one.

I have been doing some research on the net and found sources saying it is spyware and notoriously difficult to remove.

Is SweetIM bad and if so, can you please let me know how to remove it?

I am running a SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition scan on my computer at the moment but all that's been picked up so far is an Adware.Tracking Cookie.

Thanks very much for your time.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

SweetIM is not malware and is offered at reputable download hosting sites like CNET. There was a lengthy discussion at the Spybot S&D forums about it.

Many toolbars, Add-ons, screensavers, and weather monitoring programs come bundled with other software and can be the source of various issues and problems to include Adware. They usually can be removed via Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features in Vista/Windows 7, so always check there first.

Note: It may be listed under a modified name such as Macromedia SweetIM.

If nothing is listed in Add/Remove or Programs and Features, check Internet Explorer's Manage Add-ons where they can be disabled:
If using Firefox or Google Chrome, please refer to:
The vendor also has removal instructions posted in their FAQ: Install / Uninstall section.
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