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Remove Golden Dock ads (Virus Removal Instructions)

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Golden Dock by Yontoo LLC is ‘adware’ and ‘potentially unwanted program’ (PUP). The developer of this app is highly suspicious, which has already released such apps as Desktop Dock, PC Privacy Dock, Bubble Suite, and many others. Thus, if you are looking for more information about Golden Dock because you’ve been considering to install it, we would highly recommend you not to do that. If you want to find out why, then keep reading this article and find out the downsides that this adware feature.

What negative features does Golden Dock adware exhibit?

There are a whole range of negative aspects related to Golden Dock virus. However, security experts distinguish four of them as the major. Therefore, we are going to discuss them in great details.

  1. Golden Dock adware can lead to privacy violation.
    It has been noticed that this free extension is embedded with tracking cookies. Cookies are small files that can be used for tracking and storing browsing-related information. Thus, by keeping Golden Dock virus installed on the system, you will not be able to control the leakage of your search queries, pages viewed, data typed while visiting them, clicks, IP address, PC’s location, email address, download info, software/hardware details, etc. Such activity is considered as potentially dangerous because no one knows what third parties can reach such information and for what purposes it can be used.
  2. Irritating advertising. Once you get infected with this adware, you will not be able to fight against Golden Dock ads that can be distinguished from the tags, such as “Ads by Golden Dock,” “Golden Dock Ads,” “Powered by Golden Dock,” etc. Usually, they show up in such forms as pop-ups, banners, and textual links, thus, don’t get surprised when they will start covering the pages that you are viewing and disrupting your browsing sessions.Golden Dock ads popping up on a random site
  3. Golden Dock redirects. Commercial and non-commercial ads brought by this ad-supported extension are beyond annoyance. Naturally, they are linked to some websites. The core problem here is the reliability of those advertisements. Each of the Golden Dock pop-up is powered by different third parties, so you can never know what kind of website you may be exposed to after clicking on the advertisement. In the worst case scenario, Golden Dock malware can display ads linked to malicious websites where you can catch a high-level threat.
  4. Critical slowdowns. Golden Dock hijacks Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Right after that, it may stat taking up CPU memory, what makes web browser run as slow as you can’t know imagine.

Questions about Golden Dock ads

Thus, if you have the slightest suspect that this adware has hijacked your web browser, we would highly recommend you to remove Golden Dock virus without a delay. This can be done manually and automatically (preferably Reimage). You can find more information about that in the next page.

Golden Dock hijack already happened. I did not notice how. Could you please explain?

Golden Dock virus renders the help of other free programs to get installed on computers without being noticed. Such distribution method is referred as ‘bundling.’ It means that the biggest chances to end up with Golden Dock adware on the system are to install a freeware and agree to receive with all its additional components. Luckily, it’s possible to disagree with the installation of third-party add-ons, plut-ins, extensions, and toolbars too. For that, DO NOT skip Advanced or Custom installation setup unchecked. Contrary, analyze those settings carefully and opt out of additional components without any consideration.

Is it possible to fix my computer?

Golden Dock is NOT malicious computer virus. Thus, if virus, malware, spyware, and other threats can be removed, so the possibility to fix this adware is not questionable at all. To remove Golden Dock virus permanently, the best solution would be a full system check with a professional anti-malware. It would help to remove all malicious files. Nevertheless, we have submitted manual Golden Dock removal guide that is given down below.

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To remove Golden Dock ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock and related programs
    Here, look for Golden Dock 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'

Get rid of Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Golden Dock 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, Golden Dock should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock 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 Golden Dock removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. b1enstes12 says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thanks!!! SpyHunter has helped me remove all ads by golden dock! Awesome :))

  2. Tyruonxx says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Why do I keep seeing those ads by golden docks? I tried removing it from addons but that doesnt help..

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