SW-Sustainer 1.80 is, no prizes for guessing, something that you probably don't actually want installed on your PC. PUPs usually present themselves as browser extensions and toolbars, which far from being helpful, will have the distinct disadvantage of constantly redirecting your searches to websites that they want you to visit and display intrusive ads. On the whole this PUP is not malicious but the fact is it does have an ulterior motive – and it's pretty darn annoying too!
Some anti-virus engines detect it as Win32/TrojanDownloader.Agent.AFD and PUP.Optional.MultiPlug.A.
Like me, you're probably perfectly happy with the search engine you use and the home page you display. You're probably also fine and dandy with your current tool bar too, so being told by a program that we didn't want in the first place that our choices are invalid really does mean that PUPs, while not malware, fall firmly into the realm of unwanted and unnecessary.
So, how do you make sure you're not installing a browser hijacker on your computer? Knowledge is power as the old saying goes, and therefore to stand the best chance of protecting yourself, you really should know how the programs are installed.
Usually, SW-Sustainer 1.80 is bundled with other programs. This happens in one of two ways: either an established software company is helping out a much smaller programmer and letting them bundle their software with them - or they have absolutely no idea that they've been targeted by another company who has decided to piggy back on their download.
To be honest, how it is packaged doesn't make much difference to you: it simply means that if you're downloading Flash player, for example, a PUP might install itself on your PC at the same time.
Vigilance is the key. So, if you're installing the latest edition of some software that you do need on your machine, you need to do it with a little more care and attention than you may have done otherwise. And this means reading the End User License Agreement (EULA) carefully. Often times, the publishers of Potentially Unwanted Programs will admit that they are being bundled with the original software (this is so the creators cannot be accused of manufacturing malware). You will still need to read the wording carefully however, as it can often be a little misleadingly worded and you might well have to check and uncheck various options. But by being alert you should be able to prevent anything unwanted from being installed.
Sometimes, you may get an error saying that a file ASSIST~1.DLL couldn't be started because of some error when uninstalling SW-Sustainer 1.80. The error massage should say:
There was a problem starting C:\PROGRA~2\SW-BOO~1\ASSIST~1.DLL
The specified module could not be found.
To remove SW-Sustainer 1.80 and other malware that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
SW-Sustainer 1.80 removal instructions
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.
3. Remove SW-Sustainer 1.80 related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
4. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- SW-Sustainer 1.80
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove SW-Sustainer 1.80 from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove LyricsSay, SW-Sustainer 1.80, SW-Booster, saVee aNete and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Remove SW-Sustainer 1.80 from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove Lyrics,Say, SW-Sustainer 1.80, SW-Booster, saVee aNete and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove SW-Sustainer 1.80 from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.