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Should I remove Updater By SweetPacks?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
75% remove it25% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,286
United States Rank #18,827
Reach 0.0038%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.28 days
509.75 days >
Average installed length: 267.84 days


VersionDistribution 100.00%

Updater By SweetPacks

What is Updater By SweetPacks?

Updater By SweetPacks (from Perion) is designed to monitor and keep the SweetPacks programs automatically up to date. It checks for software updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found. It does so by adding a startup entry to the registry to automatically load each time a user logs into windows and remotely checks its server for updates by adding a Windows firewall exception. If an update is found it will silently install it without the user's express permission.

About  (from SweetIM Technologies)

Upon installation, the Software will be added to your instant messenger allowing you to add emoticons, other graphics and sounds to your chats. In addition, the SweetPacks toolbar will be added to your Internet browser in the form of a toolbar which enables you to insert emoticons and various graphical elements to your...  Read more


During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named ExtensionUpdaterService.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 1.81 MB (1,897,334 bytes). The installed file ExtensionUpdaterService.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Starts automatically
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Updater By SweetPacks.
ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (656dfa3375e72eddbbb06769828c9c9f) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.8645 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.BitCocktail.B
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes v2013.08.08.11 PUP.Optional.SweetPacks.A
McAfee 5600.7161 Artemis!656DFA3375E7
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7161 Artemis!656DFA3375E7
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.220 TROJ_GEN.F47V0718
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Trojan.Win32.A.Agent.188760
Extension32.dll (6eba9771ea36a7fc6a56da2d5478c9c9) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
ESET-NOD32 8963 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Perion.A
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.SweetPacks.A
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!6EBA9771EA36
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!6EBA9771EA36
Sophos 4.94.0 BitCocktail
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0718
       View all 14 all detections
Updater By SweetPacks has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: SweetPacks
URL: www.sweetpacks.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Updater By SweetPacks\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Updater By SweetPacks\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 1.81 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Updater By SweetPacks

Program executable:ExtensionUpdaterService.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\Updater By SweetPacks\ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
Additional files:
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • DGChrome.exe - dgchrome
  • (Malware detected) Extension32.dll
  • Extension64.dll
  • (Malware detected) ExtensionUpdaterService.exe
  • InstallerHelper.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Extension32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Updater By SweetPacks' with the class of {C4CFC0DE-134F-4466-B2A2-FF7C59A8BFAD} (Updater By SweetPacks Helper).
Scheduled Task
  • DGChrome.exe is scheduled as a task named 'DGChrome11270 Watcher'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DGChrome.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named DGChrome24523 Watcher.
  • ExtensionUpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'Updater By SweetPacks' (Updater By SweetPacks).

How do I remove Updater By SweetPacks?

You can uninstall Updater By SweetPacks from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Updater By SweetPacks, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Updater By SweetPacks.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Updater By SweetPacks you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 75%
Keep it 25%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.67%
Windows 10 14.67%
Windows XP 9.33%
Windows Vista 5.33%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 52.70%
Windows 7 Professional 12.16%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.46%
Windows 8 8.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.41%
Windows 8.1 5.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

96.69% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 96.69%
  Argentina 0.83%
  Colombia 0.83%
  Saudi Arabia 0.83%
  Slovenia 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.82%
Dell 27.27%
Acer 10.61%
Toshiba 9.09%
Lenovo 9.09%
ASUS 7.58%
American Megatrends 3.03%
Sahara 1.52%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.29%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.86%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655 2.86%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 1.43%
TOSHIBA Satellite L855 1.43%
TOSHIBA Satellite L670 1.43%

About SweetIM Technologies

The SweetIM Toolbar is a free browsing Toolbar that allows the user to add their favorite Icons and Emoticons to any web based account.
Publisher URL: sweetim.sweetpacks.com


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