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How to Remove Sweetpacks SweetIM Toolbar from Your Firefox Browser
Like any conspiracy, if most reasonable persons claim that something is fishy then you better be suspicious. I am no techno geek but I have arrived at the conclusion there is some amount of credibility to the claim that SweetIM behaves like spyware. Most persons who are caught with this imposter on their computer would like to have it removed but it is such a bother until you find out how. The purpose of SweetIM is for you to be able to send fancier smiley-faces and graphics to friends who themselves must take the time to install SweetIM in order to enjoy them. What a bother. According to the promo page by Sweetpacks the software has 150 million users worldwide. Count me out!
I just want to know how to get rid of this pest from Sweetpacks?
You go to Control Panel and do a simple Uninstall, only to discover that it is still there in your browser with its childish glory of emoticons in a colourful large square. So you figure that somewhere on a planet somewhere there are persons who want to use these lovely emoticons but they are not for you. You return to Control Panel and take a good look at the software in your list and there is no sign of SweetIM. You close and reopen Firefox and the friendly emoticons are still on offer.
This is where most laymen would call in the neighbourhood geek. But at this point I made the decision that if it were not a deeply embedded malware then I should be able to remove it. I deleted all cookies and went back online only to find the leering emoticons.
But I persisted in my search to remove IM toolbar from Sweetpacks from Firefox browser and would not stop until I succeeded in clearing out the infernal pest.
Remove SweetIM From Firefox Browser: The Steps
- Go to Control Panel and Uninstall. Done that and still there?
- Explore the Firefox>Tools>Options>General; and sure enough my Homepage setting had been hijacked by that impish knave SweetIM. I simply replaced it with Yahoo News and I am good to go. Get that? Homepage. Change to something useful like your favourite news site. Restart browser and the IM toolbar is still there.
- There was another trap inside the toolbar drop down menu which I had to go into the Manage Toolbars submenu in order to remove. And they say this thing is not a malware. Because i dont have that particular toolbar anymore I am a bit cloudy now on what that trap was; just be aware that you can go into that submenu as well in order to fight the battle to keep your PC clutter free and free from malware.