How to remove SideBar Dock (Virus Removal Guide)

How to remove SideBar Dock (Virus Removal Guide)

SideBar Dock by ClaraLabs (also searched for as SideBar Dock virus, SideBarDock) is detected as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) by reputable security products. SideBar Dock typically downloads and installs onto a computer it infects without user consent and knowledge. The SideBar Dock program can automatically install in the background while you work on your computer or browse the internet. Once SideBar Dock is installed, the ad-supported program will display a variety of advertisements that usually say something similar to Ads by SideBar Dock or brought by SideBar Dock on them.

SideBar Dock

SideBar Dock adware is not a program to be taken lightly. The adware can easily violate your privacy without your knowledge. It generates very intrusive pop-up and in-text styled advertisements which are defined as ‘targeted’ ads. Targeted style advertisements are a very big privacy concern because they collect and essentially utilize your personal browsing information (including all your data on the websites you visit and your browser history) to produce advertisements it feels you are most likely to click on. The adware basically ‘targets’ you based off your current and past browsing habits.

The “SideBar Dock virus” is not technically defined as a computer virus but this adware is still a threat to your privacy and can be the sign of a very severe malware infection. In fact, our review of this adware found that it downloaded and installed alongside hundreds of malicious files and unwanted programs, which is more than most common forms of adware. The internet security community strongly recommends that you remove SideBar Dock if you find it installed on your machine or attached to your internet browser as a browser add-on or extension and use reputable Antivirus or Anti-Malware software to eradicate any existing malicious files.

SideBar Dock and programs like it are usually contracted without knowledge. SideBar Dock is often bundled inside third-party software downloaders and bundlers. It may arrive on a computer system once other programs have been introduced to the machine. Software that SideBar Dock adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, and dubious torrent files.

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  • SideBar Dock bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • SideBar Dock is usually bundled inside installers and downloaders distributed as dubious torrents or as freeware programs distributed by websites similar to and
  • SideBar Dock injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
  • SideBar Dock makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings (such as Windows registry) and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has been disabled it will enable itself to run.


How to remove SideBar Dock (Virus Removal)

Option 1: Automatically remove SideBar Dock virus with Malwarebytes

1. We recommend that you write down the toll free number below in case you run into any issues while removing this infection. Our techs will kindly assist you with any problems.


2. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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3. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

4. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes scan for SideBar Dock

5. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

6. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

[note align=”left”]If you are still having issues removing SideBar Dock we suggest that use a second opinion scanner and removal tool such as HitmanPro to locate and remove any malicious files that may be present.[/note]

Option 2: Manually remove SideBar Dock

How to uninstall SideBar Dock

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove program) in the Programs section.

3. Search for SideBar Dock in the list of installed programs and select it with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click SideBar Dock to uninstall it.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find SideBar Dock in your list of installed program you may need to uninstall additional programs that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove SideBar Dock below.[/note]

How to remove SideBar Dock add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the SideBar Dock extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the SideBar Dock add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the SideBar Dock extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find SideBar Dock in your list of add-ons and extensions you may need to remove additional attachments that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove SideBar Dock below.[/note]

SideBar Dock virus removal tips

  • If you do not find SideBar Dock in your list of installed programs you may need to uninstall additional programs. Additional programs may include suspicious titles that may have been contracted around the same time or after the initial infection.
  • If you are still having issues removing SideBar Dock you should use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3. HitmanPro 3 is the best second opinion scan and removal tool. It can be used to locate and remove remaining threats.

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