Groover removal instructions
What is Groover?
Developed by Cupuacu Labs, Groover presents itself as a legitimate app that saves time and money while shopping online, and that allows users to redeem prizes in exchange for points collected on each purchase. Initially, Groover may appear to be a legitimate and useful app, however, this application is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). One of the main reasons for these negative associations is stealth installation without users' consent. Furthermore, Groover displays intrusive online advertisements and monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
Groover employs a virtual layer to display full-screen, banner, interstitial, coupon, and other similar advertisements. None originate from the visited sites and overlay content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Although most of these ads redirect to websites selling various merchandise or offering services, some redirect to bogus sites containing infectious content. Therefore, clicking them can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually tracked. Groover collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and browsing details (URLs visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc.), and other similar information, some of which might be personally identifiable. Thus, the presence of this PUP on your system can lead to various privacy issues. Although Groover is not technically a virus or malware, we strongly recommend that you uninstall this application, since it poses threat to your computer security and privacy.
Groover is identical to Shopperz and also similar to hundreds of other adware-type apps such as SpeedyMediaConverter, WinClock, and Adblockerr. These applications share the same characteristic - they provide no significant value for users. Adware-type apps such as Groover deliver fake promises simply to trick users to install. After infiltrating the system, they merely deliver ads and collect user/system information - their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers.
How did Groover install on my computer?
The developers distribute Groover using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs with the chosen software/apps), and thus, it usually infiltrates systems without users' permission. Many users are unaware that rogue applications are likely to be hidden within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings. By skipping this section, they often install third party applications inadvertently without their consent and expose their systems to risk of infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Pay close attention when downloading and installing software. The key to computer safety is caution. Follow each step of these processes. A safe download/installation procedure can only be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any hidden rogue apps and enable you to decline them.
Deceptive free software installers used in Groover adware distribution:
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- What is Groover?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Groover application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Groover adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Groover ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Groover' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Groover ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Groover adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Groover", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Groover ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Groover adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any "Groover", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the groover adware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Groover", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the groover adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Groover" browser plug-in.
Computer users who have problems with groover adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the groover adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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