How to Remove Sweet Page homepage (Browser Hijacker)

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remove sweet-page.com virusSweet-Page is a browser hijacker also known as a Potentially Unwanted Program as it changes your default homepage and search engine to Sweet-Page. Avoiding PUPs is not always a easy task, this Browser Hijacker is often bundled using freeware and offered during the installation of legit software. Software from Download.com or CNET may contain additional software. So, be aware when you install software onto your computer and carefully read the terms of agreements during installation. PUPs, Adware or Browser Hijackers are commonly bundled with software. This software is not always malicious and may occasionally be offered as handy software or browser enhancing software.

The interesting part of this Browser Hijackers is they might install software to protect themselves against changing the default homepage to another homepage. Search Protect from Conduit is software that monitors the browser for any changes, if anything changes within the browser it alerts you with a question if you really want to change the homepage or keep your existing one. This might sound like a good thing, but its just a nasty way to keep their Search Engine as default homepage and default search engine to get web-traffic and revenue by promoting in-text advertisements. Too bad this Browser Hijacker is not detected by Antivirus software as they are “PUPs” Potentially Unwanted Programs, and you might want them ? I don’t think you want them, so follow our removal guide to get rid of it. Afterwards install free software as MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to remove and protect your computer from PUPs.

Remove Sweet-Page

Short analyse for Sweet-Page

Related files

C:\Users\Sandbox\AppData\Roaming\sweet-page
C:\Users\Sandbox\AppData\Roaming\sweet-page\sweet-page.exe
C:\ProgramData\WPM\wprotectmanager.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SupTab\uninstall.exe
C:\ProgramData\IePluginService\PluginService.exe
23 – Service: Wpm Service (Wpm) – Cherished Technololgy LIMITED – C:\ProgramData\WPM\wprotectmanager.exe
O2 – BHO: IETabPage Class – {3593C8B9-8E18-4B4B-B7D3-CB8BEB1AA42C} – C:\Program Files (x86)\SupTab\SupTab.dll

sweet-page Browser newtab extension
IePluginService12.27.0.3326
SupTab

BHO / Extensions

R1 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
R0 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
R1 – HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
R1 – HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://www.sweet-page.com/web/?type=ds&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC&q={searchTerms}
R1 – HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://www.sweet-page.com/web/?type=ds&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC&q={searchTerms}
R0 – HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC

==== Firefox Extensions Registry ======================

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions]
“lightningnewtab@gmail.com”=”C:\Users\Sandbox\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default\extensions\lightningnewtab@gmail.com.xpi” [23/01/2014 01:56]

==== Firefox Extensions ======================

ProfilePath: C:\Users\Sandbox\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\87pv5a55.default
– Extension_Protected – %ProfilePath%\extensions\jid0-O6MIff3eO5dIGf5Tcv8RsJDKxrs@jetpack
– Lightning Speed Dial – %ProfilePath%\extensions\lightningnewtab@gmail.com.xpi

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions
pkndmigholgfjlniaohblojbhgjbkakn – C:\Users\Sandbox\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\newtabv2.crx[14/01/2014 00:20]

Extended Protection – Sandbox\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cekcjpgehmohobmdiikfnopibipmgnml

Lightning speedDial – Sandbox\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pkndmigholgfjlniaohblojbhgjbkakn
undetermined – Sandbox\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\newtabv2.crx

==== shortcuts on Users Desktops ======================

C:\Users\Sandbox\Desktop\Internet Explorer.lnk – C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=sc&ts=1392390148&from=air&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC

==== shortcuts on All Users Desktop ======================

C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Google Chrome.lnk – C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=sc&ts=1392390148&from=air&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Mozilla Firefox.lnk – C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=sc&ts=1392390148&from=air&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC

windows 7 logoRemove Sweet-Page – Windows 7

  1. Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Programs and Features.
  2. Select SweetPage Browser newtab extensions and WPM17.8.0.3325 and SupTab and IePluginService12.27.0.3326, and then click Uninstall. Some programs include the option to change or repair the program in addition to uninstalling it, but many simply offer the option to uninstall. To change a program, click Change or Repair. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

windows 8 logoRemove Sweet-Page – Windows 8

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
  2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then tap or click Control Panel.
  3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then tap or click Programs and features.
  4. Tap or click SweetPage Browser newtab extensions and WPM17.8.0.3325 and SupTab and IePluginService12.27.0.3326, and then tap or click Uninstall.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen. Make sure when you uninstall the malware that there is no extra software is offered during uninstallation and read every pop-up before clicking any button.

Remove Shortcuts hijacked by Sweet-Page

Sweet-Page hijacks all shortcuts from your browser(s) on your computer and adds a argument behind the executable. You need to manually remove this argument from the executable.
Notice: the easiest way to get rid of this shortcut hijack is to remove all shortcuts from your browser(s) and create hem again.

Internet Explorer.lnk – C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
Google Chrome.lnk – C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
Mozilla Firefox.lnk – C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC

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  1. Select the shortcut from your browser
  2. Right click the shortcut and select Properties
  3. Goto tab Shortcut
  4. At Target: remove anything behind the executable.
    Example: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” http://www.sweet-page.com/?type=hp&ts=1392394209&from=tugs&uid=262929407_198313_04EBE5BC
  5. Remove the text in red, notice the closing quote, do not remove it.

Internet Explorer

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Google Chrome

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Mozilla Firefox

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internet explorer logoRemove Sweet-Page from Internet Explorer

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, tap or click All add-ons, and then select IETabPage Class
  4. If the add-on can be deleted, you’ll see the Remove option. Tap or click Remove and then tap or click Close. Otherwise click Disable button.

The risks of installing Internet Explorer add-ons

While add-ons can make your browsing experience better by giving you access to great web content, some add-ons can pose security, privacy, or performance risks. Make sure any add-ons you install are from a trusted source.

internet explorer logoChange your home page and Search Provider for Internet Explorer

Change Home Page Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  3. On the General tab, under Home page, enter the URL of the site you want to set as a home page.
  4. Click Apply, and then tap or click OK. The next time you open a new browsing session or window (or tap or click the Home button), your home pages will be loaded automatically.

Change Search Provider Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click the Tools button Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  3. Select Manage Addons
  4. Select Search Providers
  5. Right Click BING Select Set as Default
  6. Optional: Search for any other Search Provider you do not need and right click select Remove

google chrome logoRemove Sweet-Page from Google Chrome

Uninstall an extension to remove it completely from the Google Chrome browser. Extensions are extra features and functionality that can easily be added to Google Chrome. By using extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use. Unfortunately there are also extensions that are used to collect personal and internet behavior from your computer for revenue. Make sure you delete all extensions from Google Chrome that you do not need, know or trust. Keep the extensions in Google Chrome clean for the best internet experience while using Google Chrome.

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon Remove an extension from Chrome by the Extended Protection and Lightning SpeedDial extension you’d like to completely remove.
  5. A confirmation dialog appears, click Remove. If the extension is Installed by Enterprise Policy follow this guide.

Change Home Page Google Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
    • Add the home button to the browser toolbar
      Homepage button is off by default. Select the “Show Home button” checkbox in the “Appearance” section to show it on the browser toolbar.
    • Set your homepage
      When the “Show Home button” checkbox is selected, a web address appears below it. If you want the Homepage button to open up a different webpage, click Change to enter a link. You can also choose the New Tab page as your homepage.

Change Search Provider Google Chrome

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar and select Settings.
  2. In the “Search” section, select Google from the drop down menu.
  3. Now when you search, you’ll be taken to Google!
  4. Optional: If you would like to remove the malicious search engine click the Manage Search Engines button
  5. Hover over Google as select the blue Make Default button
  6. Hover over the malicious Search Engine and select the X button next to the Make Default button to remove the Search Engine.

mozilla firefox logoRemove Sweet-Page from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.
  3. Select Extension_Protected 1.0.12 and Lightning Speed Dial 1.0.5.7 you wish to remove.
  4. Click the Remove or Disable button.
  5. Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.

Change Home Page Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options
  2. Select the General panel. In the Startup box, click Restore to Default or set yourself a new homepage next to Home Page: .
  3. Click OK to close the Options window

Change Search Provider Mozilla Firefox

In the Search Engines Manager, you can add new search engines that have been released for use with Firefox.

  1. To open the Search Engines Manager, click the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines….

mozilla firefox - search engines

  1. To add a search engine, click Get more search engines…. The Mozilla Add-ons Search Tools page is displayed.
  2. To add one of the displayed search engines, click the Add to Firefox button. The Add Search Engine dialog is displayed.
    Search Bar - Win5
  3. To begin using the search engine immediately after you add it, click Start using it right away.
  4. To add the selected search engine, click Add.
  5. The search engine is now available through the search engines list in the Search bar.

adwcleanerAdwCleaner – Automatically remove Adware, Hijacks or Redirects

How to use AdwCleaner step-by- step using this guide on how to remove any kind of unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, and all sorts of adware with AdwCleaner. Today, a lot of the software free to download is bundled with all sorts of additional (unwanted) software such as toolbars and other software that you may prefer not to have on your computer. Often and even unasked adware is installed on your computer. This potentially unwanted software known as (PUPs) are often difficult to remove.

This is where AdwCleaner will help you clean your computer from the unwanted software. AdwCleaner is free to use and offers a scan feature to determine if the found software is malicious or not. If you do not want to remove the software that is found during the scan, simply uncheck it from the items list.

AdwCleaner does not contain a installer and can be opened from any location on your computer. After the scan and removal of unwanted software, simply click the Uninstall button in AdwCleaner to remove AdwCleaner.

How to use AdwCleaner

Download AdwCleaner Download AdwCleaner (direct download)

  • Close all open windows from your browsers before starting AdwCleaner.
  • Double-click AdwCleaner.exe to start the tool.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users must click right mouse button on AdwCleaner.exe and choose Run as Administrator. AdwCleaner needs elevated permissions to remove specific files from your computer.
  • Then click on the Scan button, this scan will only perform a scan and nothing is removed from your computer.

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  • Then wait until the scan is complete.
  • When the scan is finished you will see the files that are detected by AdwCleaner. Uncheck items you do not want to remove.
  • Click the Report button to see a list of all the items that were detected for better analyse.

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  • If you are ready to remove the found and checked items, click the Clean button.

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  • AdwCleaner will reboot your computer.
  • Click OK to continue.

A logfile will open once your computer is restarted, this logfile can be found in your systemdrive and AdwCleaner folder.
You may need it for further analyse, if not just delete AdwCleaner using the Uninstall button.

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We supply the free version as our instructions only use free software. But consider buying MalwareBytes Anti-Malware after using it for a while in the free version.

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  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • Select Quick Scan
  • Click the Scan button to start a malware scan on your computer
  • Wait a few minutes for the scan the complete
  • When the scan is done you get a notification, click the Show Results button
  • Right click with the mouse in the results and select Check all items
  • Click Remove Selected button, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart you computer.

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avast logo Remove Extensions or Browser Helper Objects using Avast Browser Cleanup

This new tool serves to delete pesky and unwanted toolbars and plug-ins (extensions or browser helper objects) from your browser(s). Simply download and run the Browser Cleanup utility without the need to install anything. Once you run the utility, you will see a list of toolbars and plug-ins and be able to disable them with one simple click. Avast Browser Cleanup is completely free of charge.

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Download Avast Browser Cleanup Download Avast Browser Cleanup

  • Select your current browser from the list on the left
  • Uncheck the box “Exclude add-ons with a good rating
  • Click Disable or Remove by the Browser Helper Object or Extension you wish to disable or remove according the malware you try to remove. Search for the malware in the list and remove anything you don’t know.
  • Optional: if you would like to reset your browser click “Reset Settings” in the right upper corner of Avast Browser Cleanup. This will solve most of the problems with your browser. First remove any extension or browser helper object.

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