How to Remove Home.sweetim.com? (Removal Guide)

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How to Remove Home.sweetim.com? (Removal Guide)

Postby Ocean » 2012-08-14 4:54


Home.sweetim.com is a malicious domain which often comes bundled with a browser add-on, called SweetIM toolbar. As a malignant browser hijacker, Home.sweetim.com tries to confuse users by following a full suite of Google, which can be told from its appearance. It pretends to be an informative and resourceful search engine by imitating both color and layout of Google. But in fact, this fake search engine only aims at promoting forced advertisement to victims.

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Why home.sweetim.com is classified dangerous?

Home.sweetim.com often comes bundled with free software installation, it usually settles down in victims system without their actual knowledge, especially when they are unsuspecting computer users. Queries through this search engine are often rerouted to unrelated advertisement, even unprotected, malicious domains that relate to malware, or spyware infection. What’s more, the SweetIM toolbar added to your browser through the infection of home.sweetim.com will adds several shortcuts like deal pages, games, etc. to your browser, which seems useful, yet, aims at promoting you websites and games for commercial purpose. It will also change your default homepage into home.sweetim.com without permission.

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If you find this domain annoying, and want to completely remove it from your browser, then just follow the troubleshooting steps below to permanently get rid of Home.sweetim.com.

Method One:

    Tool needed for the fix: Anvi AD Blocker

    Anvi AD Blocker is born to stop malicious and fishing sites from affecting you by automatically blocking and filtering suspicious websites, popup ads and risky banners. You can also add a specific one in its block list. See below Image for further reference:

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    Anvi AD Blocker Download]

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    You ONLY need to Download Anvi AD Blocker> Install and run the program> Click MORE on top right of the main screen then select Settings> Click Blacklist> Hit Add URL> Enter the URL: http://home.sweetim.com/> Hit Add and close the window> Click Apply to save the change.

    Note: After downloading and installing Anvi AD Blocker v2.1, you can enjoy a 15-day free trial. You can buy one to further guard your online safety and keep your web browser safe and clean after your trial expires.

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Method Two:

Step 1: To make the removal easier, scan you PC with Anvi Smart Defender to disable virus, and malware process.

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Step 2: Remove Home.sweetim.com from the homepage of IE/FF/Chrome.

    Internet Explorer:
    Click on Tools> Select Internet Options> On the General interface> Type the desired website in the Home page area> Click Apply to complete the operation

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    Google Chrome:
    Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon> Settings> In On startup section click Set pages> mouse-over to the Home.sweetim.com and click the x symbol to remove it> Add your preferred domain and set it as your homepage.

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    Mozilla Firefox:
    Click Tools> Options> Switch to General in the opened window> Remove Home.sweetim.com from the homepage box and enter a preferred domain > Click OK to complete the change.

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Step 3: Remove Home.sweetim.com from the new tab of IE/FF/Chrome.

    Internet Explorer:
    Tools> Internet Options> General> Find the Tabs area, and click on Settings> Click on the button under: When a new tab is opened, open: > Select A blank page> Hit OK to complete the operation.

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    Google Chrome:
    Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon > Settings > Search > Manage search engines > Check the list of Default search engines, Other search engines> Remove Home.sweetim.com> Click OK to complete the change.

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    Mozilla Firefox:
    Type about:config into the address bar> Press Enter> Accept the Warning> Search for browser.newtab.url in the search bar >Right click on the result to reset. (Remove Home.sweetim.com whether by setting it a blank page, or typing the desired website in the box,) > Hit OK to apply the change.

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Step 4 Check Windows HOSTS file and remove additional malicious entries.

    Go to: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with Notepad, and you should see below image.

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    If you see more lines of code and IPs, delete them

    Home.sweetim.com is supposed to be completely removed from your browsers. However, your browser may still act weirdly due to corrupt registry entries left and plug-ins/extension added by this hijacker. Then go further steps with step 5-7.

Step 5: Remove Home.sweetim.com related toolbar/add-ons/extensions from IE/FF/Chrome

    Internet Explorer:
    Tools > Manage Add-ons > Find and delete Home.sweetim.com related toolbar/add-on/extension

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    Google Chrome:
    Click on the Wrench or 3-Bars icon> Tools > Extensions > Find and delete Home.sweetim.com related toolbar/add-on/extension

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    Mozilla Firefox:
    Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A) > Find and delete Home.sweetim.com related toolbar/add-on/extension

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Step 6: Scan your computer with a system cleaner tool, such as Cloud System Booster.

    Important Note: You should never skip or overlook this operation since your browser might act strangely after the removal due to some registry errors or corrupt registry entries left. Scan your system with Cloud System Booster to remove such corrupt remnants and fix the errors in one-click.

    If you skip this step, you will find your browser may take a long time to load a page, such condition will persist until you fix the registry error caused by the removal.

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Step 7: Restart your browser.

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Method Three:

Step 1: Open your Internet Explorer> press the Alt key on the keyboard to reveal the Menu bar.

Step 2: Select Tools> click on Internet Options.

Step 3: Choose General, and change home.sweetim.com into a new, secure web website as your default homepage, or directly choose to Use blank.

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Step 4: Click on Advanced, and choose Reset.

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Step 5: Label the option: Delete personal settings after Reset Internet Explorer Settings window pops up; later click Reset to apply all changes.

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If this guide won’t fix the issue on your computer, please go on with step 6 to fix problems that might prevent you removing home.sweetim.com.

Step 6: Manage Internet Explorer add-ons. Find and remove SweetIM toolbar.

Open Internet Explorer>Tools>Manage Add-ons>Uninstall SweetIM toolbar.

Step 7: Check Windows HOSTS file for additional malicious entries.

Go to: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with Notepad, and you should see below image.

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If you see more lines of code and IPs, delete them.

Step 8: Check DNS settings to make sure they are set to obtain address automatically.

Windows Start icon> Control Panel> Network Connections> Local Area Connection and select Properties> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > Properties> choose Obtain DNS server address automatically.

Step 9: Download a powerful anti-malware program- Anvi Smart Defender to scan for and remove all malicious files related to home.sweetim.com, especially hidden ones.

Click the download button to get home.sweetim.com removal tool directly.

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After the download, find the icon and double-click on it to install. Later run a full scan to complete the removal of home.sweetim.com.

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Re: How to Remove Home.sweetim.com? (Removal Guide)

Postby tina » 2012-08-20 1:08

It's really a perfect article!!Thanks so much! :D
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New suggestions!!!!!!Pay attention!!!

Postby Ocean » 2013-02-01 4:51

For Internet Explorer users, PAY ATTENTION!

You can terminate Google Redirect virus by Anvi Browser Repair Tool.
The newly developed redirect virus killer is supposed to benefit its users for free.

For Anvi Smart Defender user: Update the program to the latest version, you will find the Browser Repair Tool in its ToolBox.

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For new users: Download the Browser Repair Tool separately here.
Or
Download Anvi Smart Defender to benefit from malware prevention and redirect virus fix at the same time.


Google Chrome & Firefox are under development. Any suggestion is welcomed.
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