Groovorio.com Browser Hijacker

Also Known As: Start.groovorio.com virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Groovorio.com virus removal instructions

What is Groovorio.com?

The Groovorio browser toolbar (compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) claims to enhance users' browsing experience by displaying quick access links to popular social networking websites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and improve the overall Internet search and browsing experience. While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, many computer users refer to Groovorio (start.groovorio.com) as a redirect virus or browser hijacker. These associations are made since the Groovorio toolbar is promoted via free software downloads using a software distribution (marketing) method called 'bundling'. The Groovorio toolbar is installed on users' browsers during download and installation of legitimate free software using 'download clients' or 'installers'.

groovorio.com browser hijacker

Today, many popular download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com employ download clients to manage and monetize freeware software downloads. When downloading free programs from these websites, users are offered (sometimes in a deceptive manner) installation of additional programs such as toolbars, browser add-ons, etc. Installation of these promoted programs and browser extensions often results in privacy issues, or in the case of Groovorio.com, unwanted browser redirects.

The Groovorio toolbar is related to Montiera technologies products. Previous unwanted browser toolbars developed by this company redirect Internet users to Enhanced-search.com, Royal-search.comBuenoSearch.com, and other websites that present users with deceptive ads and search engines returning misleading sponsored search results. The Start.Groovorio.com website poses no direct virus or malware threats, however, visitors to this site are mostly redirected to it without their consent. If you feel that Groovorio.com was set as your homepage, default search engine, and search provider within a new tab without your consent, use this removal guide to eliminate these issues.

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Quick menu:

Groovorio.com browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

groovorio browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Groovorio", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes browser redirects to the Groovorio.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.

Groovorio.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing groovorio.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for the "groovorio Toolbar" and "groovorio Helper Object", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Removing groovorio.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.groovorio.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Removing groovorio.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove "Groovorio".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the start.groovorio.com virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing groovorio.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Groovorio New Tab", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Removing groovorio.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.groovorio.com.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred URL as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Removing groovorio.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section click the "Manage Search Engines...", in the opened window remove "Groovorio" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the start.groovorio.com virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing groovorio.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Groovorio".

Change homepage:

Removing groovorio.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.groovorio.com and enter your preferred URL, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing groovorio.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "groovorio.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with start.groovorio.com virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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