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

Sidebar Dock removal instructions

What is Sidebar Dock?

Sidebar Dock is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users to create a desktop sidebar and fill it with various shortcuts - "Sidebar Dock is an advanced desktop window based docking station, designed to optimize user performances by giving you access to your favourite sites, applications and news feeds." These false claims are used to trick users into believing that Sidebar Dock is legitimate. In fact, this application is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The reason for these negative associations is the dubious behavior of Sidebar Dock, which includes stealth installation, display of advertisements, and tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.

Sidebar Dock adware

Sidebar Dock employs a virtual layer to generate intrusive online advertisements on any visited websites. None originate from the visited sites and they conceal underlying web content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Ads generated by Sidebar Dock may appear harmless, however, some redirect to malicious websites. Therefore, there is a high probability that clicking them will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Sidebar Dock continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various information, some of which may be personally identifiable. This information is shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue. For these reasons, the presence of Sidebar Dock adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, eliminate this PUP immediately.

There are hundreds of other adware-type applications such as Temperature Scout, Note-up, and RecommendationBox - they have similar behvior and also offer useful functionality. Claims to improve the Internet browsing experience are merely attempts to trick users to install. The purpose of adware-type applications is to generate revenue by delivering intrusive online advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collecting personally identifiable information (which is later sold to third party companies). Users receive no real value.

How did Sidebar Dock install on my computer?

Adware-type applications, including Sidebar Dock, are often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps). Developers hide rogue apps such as Sidebar Dock within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since they are aware that many users do not express enough caution and often skip this section (which leads to installation of rogue applications and exposure to risk of further infections). The developers are concerned only with amount of revenue generated (which is dependent on the number of distributed apps), and thus, do not properly disclose installation of rogue programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key computer safety is caution. Be attentive when downloading and installing software. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and study all steps, declining any offers to install additional software (you can never be sure that promoted applications are legitimate).

Sidebar Dock adware installer set-up:

Official Sidebar Adware installation setup

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Quick menu:

Sidebar Dock 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.

Sidebar Dock adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Sidebar Dock ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Sidebar Dock adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Sidebar Dock did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Sidebar Dock 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 recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Sidebar Dock ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sidebar dock 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 Sidebar Dock  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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Sidebar Dock ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the sidebar dock 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 Sidebar Dock 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Sidebar Dock ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with sidebar dock 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 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.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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