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Remove Ads by GrouperConcept

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as GrouperConcept adware, GrouperConcept ads | Type: Adware


Another addition to the so-called shopping helpers, GrouperConcept is one more application supposedly designed to offer you the best deals online, compare them to the content on the website your are browsing, display various relevant ads and enhance your browsing and e-shopping experience. The truth is, however, that it is a simple adware operating on the pay-per-click (PPC) principle meaning that its developers receive income every time a user clicks on the link or an ad. Clicking on them is actually very easy, because they tend to pop up in new windows and tabs. The easiest way to recognize the infection by GrouperConcept is to check underneath the ads. There will be a text like “Ads by GrouperConcept”, “ GrouperConcept Ads”, “By GrouperConcept”, “Powered by GrouperConcept” or “Brought to you by GrouperConcept”. The chances are, that if this extension appears on any of your browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox, it will display intrusive ads all over the websites you are visiting covering the original content, diminishing your browsing experience and worsening your system’s performance.

There are certainly more drawbacks to having this potentially unwanted program (PUP) than benefits. First of all, we should mention all of the add-ons, ads, offers, coupons, banners and sale comparison ads which might redirect you to suspicious and questionable websites. You might be offered to install some fake updates resulting in more adware infiltrating your computer. What is more, adwares like Grouper Concept are notorious for collecting browsing-related information of users like the websites they have visited, search queries, IP addresses and other details that might be shared with third parties for commercial purposes and in order to present you with more appealing ads. For this reason you should immediately delete this program from your computer and scan it with some reputable anti-spyware like SpyHunter in order to check whether it has not been infected further.

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Adwares like GrouperConcept virus might sneak into user’s computer with some free software he or she has installed unaware of other programs accompanying it. In order to avoid such intrusion, you should always be very careful when installing free software. Check the ‘Advanced’ and ‘Custom’ options in order to make sure that any of the potentially unwanted programs will be installed on your computer. Deselect all suspicious and unknown applications found here because they might be unreliable. Another important thing to remember is that you should avoid downloading files via download managers, installers or any other third party intermediate option because they are known to distribute bundled software.


While removing adware like GrouperConcept manually is not really difficult, we would highly recommend you to use some trustworthy anti-spyware tool which will check whether your computer has not been infected further. Bear in mind that all sorts of PUPs rarely enter your PC alone, but, as mentioned above, in a bundle. Therefore, in order to avoid any potential threat, you should perform a full system scan with some specialized tool like SpyHunter. With SpyHunter, it will take four easy steps.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove GrouperConcept ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of GrouperConcept from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall GrouperConcept and related programs
    Here, look for GrouperConcept or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate GrouperConcept from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for GrouperConcept or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete GrouperConcept from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for GrouperConcept and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete GrouperConcept removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase GrouperConcept ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, GrouperConcept should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove GrouperConcept from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select GrouperConcept and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete GrouperConcept removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall GrouperConcept from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select GrouperConcept and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete GrouperConcept removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of GrouperConcept from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for GrouperConcept or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete GrouperConcept removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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