Sidebar Dock claims to be a drag and drop docking station for your Windows desktop that is “designed to optimize user performances by giving you access to your favorite sites, applications and news feeds”, but here comes the cold shower: It is not at all what it says. We have labeled this application a PUP, i.e., a potentially unwanted program due to some traits it has exhibited while we were testing it. This PUP has proved to be unreliable and questionable to say the least. That is why we think that you are better off removing Sidebar Dock from your computer. For a detailed report and the solution against this PUP, please continue reading our article.
You can actually download Sidebar Dock without any problem from its official website, sidebardock.com. The problems start when you finish installing this PUP. That is when you realize that it actually installed another known potentially unwanted program called BoBrowser. They both are the creation of ClaraLabs. But, somehow, Sidebar Dock may not be able to start up; instead, your system may send you an unhandled exception warning. That is definitely not a good start. In fact, you will see no sidebar at all, like this application does not even exist on your computer.
However, this PUP can collect information about you and start displaying third-party ads. Based on the collected information these can soon become targeted advertisements as well. The only problem is that these are not only annoying but might be harmful, too, if you click on them and get redirected to unreliable websites. This is what the EULA discloses about these ads:
Sidebar Dock will permit third parties to, display advertising and other information within the interface of the Sidebar Dock and/or in connection with the display of content and programming. Sidebar Dock or the Sidebar Dock serves, and permits third parties to serve, advertisements within or adjacent to the content and programming delivered to you by the Sidebar Dock.
Since Sidebar Dock autostarts with Windows, you will always be exposed to these potential “landmines” every time you restart you machine. But this PUP can also enter your system in freeware bundles, which can make your virtual security even more vulnerable since these may be packed with malware programs. If you do not want to be a victim of malware infections, you had better act now. First, you should delete Sidebar Dock and, then, scan your system with a reliable malware scanner – you can use a free online version – and take care of all the infections that are found on your computer.
Most probably, you would like to get rid of this useless PUP by now, so here comes the best part, the solution. You can easily remove Sidebar Dock from your system if you locate it in the list of installed programs in Control Panel and uninstall it. However, you cannot leave BoBrowser on-board either, since that PUP may also present you with unsafe third-party content. If you want to know more about this other PUP and how to delete it, please use our search box to locate it.
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