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Uninstall Groove Dock and Stop Pop-Up Ads

NameGroove Dock
TypePUP, Adware
Short DescriptionThe application is advertised as user-friendly but it compromises users’ online privacy.
SymptomsUnwanted advertisements.
Distribution MethodBundling.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Groove Dock

Have you been interrupted by random advertisements such as pop-ups and banners saying ‘brought by Groove Dock’? Groove Dock is an ad-supported browser extension that may have been downloaded in a bundled installer. Groove Dock has an official website but cannot be downloaded from there. Thus, its primary distribution technique is bundling. Bundled software is often regarded as adware and PUA (potentially unwanted application). Continue reading to find out more about bundling.groovedock-browser-extension

Groove Dock Аpplication Risk Evaluation

Groove Dock is not malicious but it may cause issues on the system. First, ad-supported software is known to generate intrusive and annoying advertisements such as:

  • Banners
  • In-text ads
  • Pop-up windows
  • Pop-under windows

Additionally, adware can turn random page texts into hyperlinks and cause unwanted browser redirects to predefined pages. Ironically enough, Groove Dock is advertised as an application that improves the browsing experience but it only compromises it.

Furthermore, what is more troublesome with adware is its data collection policy. Groove Dock is not an exception of the rule.

Let’s have a look at its Privacy Policy::

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As visible, Groove Dock uses a range of tracking technologies such as:

  • Browser cookies
  • Web and DOM storage data
  • Adobe Flash cookies
  • Pixels
  • Beacons
  • JavaScript
  • Unique identifiers

NOTE

Groove Dock affiliate partners that support its software can use their own cookies and tracking technologies.
Collected data consists of personally identifiable and non-identifiable details (PII and non-PII). Information about your device and operating system is collected, in accordance with any personal and browsing data.

Groove Dock PUP Removal Options

The good news is that adware can be removed manually from the system. The bad news is that bundling makes it harder. Because the PUP may have been bundled with other freeware, complete removal may require the uninstallation of more unwanted programs.

We have provided a solution for everybody. If you feel confident you can remove the PUA yourself, follow the instructions below. In the end, checking the system via AV scanner is always recommended.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Groove Dock in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Groove Dock.

    Step 2: Remove Groove Dock from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select Groove Dock and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After Groove Dock is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Groove Dock and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Groove Dock is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select Groove Dock to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Groove Dock has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Groove Dock
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Groove Dock. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Groove Dock will be removed.

    Step 4: Remove Groove Dock automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Groove Dock associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Groove Dock threat: Manual removal of Groove Dock requires interference with system files and registries. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys 'Mr. Robot' and fears '1984'.

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