## SweetIM

By JubileeX in Malicious Toolbars | 269 views
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### SweetIM Description

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When PC security researchers see the message ‘get free smilies’, it immediately sets off multiple red flags. This is because the offer of free emoticons is one of the most common ways in which criminals entice inexperienced computer users into downloading and installing malware onto their computer system. SweetIM, associated with the website and toolbar search.sweetim.com, is one of many dodgy companies that lures its victims with the promise of free emoticons but delivers nothing but plenty of hassles and security risks. Because of this, security researchers strongly advise computer users to stay away from SweetIM or from the search.sweetim.com website. Contact with this ‘free’ service will do nothing but bring infections to your computer system and install a toolbar that cannot be removed through normal means.

### Removing the SweetIM Toolbar

Since SweetIM does not allow removal through Internet Explorer’s ‘remove add-on’ feature and it cannot be removed from the Control Panel, SweetIM may end up leaving a frown on many of its victims’ faces. However, removing SweetIM can be done by downloading a particular tool which will erase this obtrusive presence from your computer system. Many anti-virus or anti-malware programs will not detect SweetIM for what SweetIM is, although some of the top anti-malware programs on the market will include tools that allow computer users to deal with infections similar to SweetIM. Downloading and installing the latest definitions for your anti-malware software should help in detecting any malware that may have entered your system as a result of installing SweetIM.

Type: Toolbar

### SweetIM Removal Details

#### SweetIM has typically the following processes in memory:

• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\toolbar.dll

#### SweetIM creates the following files in the system:

• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\Greetingcards_23×18.bmp
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\SmileyWink.bmp
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\toolbar.crc
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\SmileySmile.bmp
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\Mobile_23×18.bmp
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\version.txt
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\Thumbs.db
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\basis.xml
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\Cache\
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\Games_23×18.bmp
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\affid.dat
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\sweetimicons.bmp
• C:\Program Files\Macrogaming\SweetIMBarForIE\Cache\cd2005c66fba47ff715ecc444d3bc1fb.xml

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