What is Desktop Dock?
Desktop Dock is a questionable program that many have found issues with. This program has a very bad online reputation and has been included in Anti-Malware and Antivirus databases as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) in the adware category of possible malicious software. This cross-browser adware and PUP is known to collect user internet browser data, share the collected user data with third-parties, and will use the collected user data to generate standalone targeted advertisements to the user.
Potential Desktop Dock malware also implements browser helper objects (BHOs), add-ons, and extensions to automatically adjust existing browser settings after install. In turn, the items will change browser shortcuts, bookmarks, homepages, default search engines, themes and more. This will cause infected internet browsers to redirect to suspicious websites when users open a new browser window, open a new browser tab, or search the web using the browser address bar.
If you see ads by Desktop Dock on Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer while browsing the internet, it is very likely that additional items are also installed and will need to be removed to stop unwanted pop-up ads, browser redirects, and other unwanted activities.
How to remove Desktop Dock (Virus Removal)
1. Automatic Removal Guide
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Desktop Dock and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software is installed, run the program. *Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.
4. Once the Malwarebytes program has been open, if a scan has not initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to initiate a scan. *Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.
5. Once the scan is complete, to remove files, click the Quarantine All button.
6. You may also visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer prove a threat.
CCleaner by Piriform
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings, system startup up settings, and uninstall unwanted software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted software, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Removal Guide
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Desktop Dock adware from Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
How to uninstall Desktop Dock
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select ‘Programs and Features’).
2. From the Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.
3. Search for Desktop Dock software in the list of installed programs. Once the adware is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any instructions that may prompt to remove this program.
How to remove associated add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions below to remove associated add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the suspicious extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the suspicious add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the suspicious add-on and remove it if located.