If you've ever experienced the annoyance of having a previously unseen homepage, browser or tool bar suddenly appear on your computer, tablet or other device then, congratulations, you've been a victim of a Potentially Unwanted Program. But how did your home page disappear in the blink of an eye, only to be replaced by an inferior imposter? And, more importantly, how can you stop this happening again?
Sadly there is no definitive solution because no two Potentially Unwanted Programs are exactly alike. In this case, it's a PUP that installs addition web browser components, mostly add-ons, to replace your home page and default search engine provider. It may also install Groovorio toolbar. What is more, it may display pop-ups and insert ads into web pages. Some of the ads are very misleading and may redirect you to shady services and products. About 80% of installs come from the United States. So, it's pretty obvious which country scammers have chosen as the primary target. Some anti-virus engines detect it as malware or a Trojan horse. But whilst the difference between a Trojan Horse virus and a PUP like Groovorio – may be glaringly obvious, even within the PUP community there can be variants. One thing is for certain though, and that it is vital to protect yourself from all types of Internet parasite by installing a reputable anti-virus program on your PC. This is your first line of defense against online nasties and a good anti-virus should find and uninstall most malware. However when it comes to PUPs and browser hijacker, these can be a little sneakier – because they are only potentially unwanted.
Groovorio displays a number of annoying traits: it installs an adware component on your computer which will torture you with an endless stream of pop-up, pop-under and banner adverts, and they will hijack your browser and install one of the aforementioned tool bars. You're used to the way your current tool bar operates and chances are you don't have any burning desire for a new one. Particularly one that has fewer functions than your old one! And that's not all for some tool bars will install software on your computer that redirects all of your Internet searches to websites that the software developer who created the PUP wants you to visit.
It might seem completely mystifying as to how this Potentially Unwanted Program ended up on your machine in the first place but, sorry to break it to you, it was all down to you! Potentially Unwanted Programs including Groovorio are most often found bundled with other software, so when you download the latest episode of your favourite TV show or install a piece of software that creates PDF documents, you may also be installing adware, a PUP or a browser hijacker.
Whilst having a decent anti-virus program installed is crucial, this PUP is able to bypass their security checks due to their status as being possibly wanted – it's a real grey area. However there are things you can do to stay one step ahead of this infection.
Most importantly, you need to pay more attention when you're downloading programs, software or files from the Internet. Don't use third party websites, or sites that you don't trust 100%. You also need to read license agreements carefully and check that any boxes which refer to ‘added extras’ are checked or unchecked depending on the wording. Don't get bitten by a PUP!
There's an official website for this PUP and guide on how to remove it. However, the guide is incomplete and I'm pretty sure they've done this on purpose. Even when you remove Groovorio Search related programs, the malicious browser modifications remain pretty much the same which means you will still be redirect to groovorio.com. And your search results will be redirected to Yahoo Search. By the way, it's quite interesting that this PUP doesn't use its own database and simply returns results from other search engines. So, there's really no reason for keeping it on your computer because it's just imitating a search engine. To remove Groovorio Search and associated malware from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Groovorio Search Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Groovorio Search related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
- Groovorio Search
- Groovorio New Tab extension
If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Groovorio Search from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Groovorio New Tab, BookmarkTube extensions.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove Groovorio Search from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Remove Groovorio, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.
3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.
In the search filter at the top, type: groovorio
Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by groovorio.com. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!
Remove Groovorio Search from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons.
2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).
3. Select Groovorio Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.