Ads by Groover

Also Known As: groover adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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 adware

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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Quick menu:

Groover adware 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.

groover adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Groover ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any "Groover", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Groover ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

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 Groover  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Removing Groover ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the groover adware, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Groover ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Groover" browser plug-in.

Removing Groover ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the groover adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

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