I am now confronting with a problem with my computer. I got redirect to a different page sweetsearch.com when I search with my browsers. And I have got plenty of advertisement pages when I am online. Sometimes, I just leave my computer on there with a normal page of a novel; later loud noise came out and disturbed my normal life. I checked the computer there is a new page showing a game from which the noise came out. That was not the first time I got unknown new pages without my operation or any notice. No matter I was at the computer or not. How could this happen? Could this website be the reason why I got this strange situation?

Description of Sweetsearch.com

Sweetsearch.com is categorized as one of the browser hijacker virus. It is good at redirecting you to its main page instead of the one you indeed want to be redirect to. You will suffer constant new tabs popping up and most of them contain various ads or unsafe info. If you click on the links it provides you will be redirected and from those pages you may get different kinds of viruses. That likes you are led by sweetsearch.com to visit a waste yard, it is impossible for you to keep clean. This redirect virus seems so normal and legal as well as convenient to use. But it just SEEMS so. How it works and what it does will not be so polite and pleasant. If you search something by using this search engine you will realize that the consequence seems different from those you get from Google, Yahoo, and Firefox. Most of the quick links are like the page it redirects you to which are full of useless and dangerous information.

If this virus slips into your computer system there are some hints to help you realize the existence of it. You may find that the background of your desktop or so is different from before. But you cannot recall when you change it. This virus can make chaos in your system and you may feel a bad speed of network when you are surfing. But your network is fine and that issue is caused by sweetsearch.com only. As it is changing your system files secretly you are not able to find out what it changes on the earth but you can just feel different when you use your computer that has been infected with that virus. The speed is slow as a snail and different pop ups and redirects are so annoying.

More than that, as sweetsearch.com exists in the system it is collecting your privacy cookies and histories of your activities on that computer. Your relatives and friends will receive your email asking for money or delivering ads. But all these are not done by you. You don’t know anything about that. This virus aims at sending your personal data to remote hackers to make illegal money. Each time you get redirect to a domain website they will get some profit from that. Some Trojan and other kinds of viruses are easy to access your computer when it is at low safe condition and system holes have been enlarged by the redirect virus. So it is necessary to remove this virus as soon as possible.

Screen Shot of Sweetsearch.com Virus


Common Symptoms of Redirect Virus Infection:

1. This kind of virus usually changes your homepage, search provider, desktop Background.
2. They can display bunch of unstoppable pop-ups advertisements.
3. Computer performs slower than usual; browser may crash over and over.
4. Strange websites are automatically opened on the computer after a frequent interval.
5. Folder options, task manager, registry editing tools are disabled.
6. Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
7. Unexpected browser behaviors such as URL/link redirects will occur.
8. Unwanted and unknown Plugin/extension or add-ons attached with browser.
9. Useless shortcuts on desktop or creepy websites added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.

How to Remove sweetsearch.com Completely?

Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the redirect virus. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find.
If it does not work, Click the Start button, click the run option, type taskmgr and press OK. The Windows Task Manager should open.


Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.

Folder options-show hidden files
Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor.

Run window
Step D: Delete all these associated files and registry entries with sweetsearch.com in Registry Editor as below(they are randomly named ususally):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” = ’0′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1′
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1′

Step E: Change home pages back from the domain of sweetsearch.com.

internet options-1
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Summary on Sweetsearch Redirect Virus

Sweetsearch.com is one of those browser hijacker viruses. Once inside the computer, sweetsearch.com changes browser settings of the infected computer which enables it to take control over your searches, change your homepage and search provider, and make some redirects. You will mainly be redirected to the domain websites. The pages will replace your homepage and default search engine. All these changes can be applied to Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It is highly recommended for you to delete this redirect virus as quickly as possible. For your computer’s good and your personal details’ safety.
Note: If you cannot delete this stubborn virus with your own efforts, please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to get help from professionals and to save the computer as soon as possible.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on July 19, 2013 11:01 am

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