What is GrooveAuditService.exe?

The genuine GrooveAuditService.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Office Enterprise by Microsoft.
Founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, Microsoft is the world's largest software maker, best known for its Windows operating system. The Groove Audit Service is an optional feature installed through Groove Manager, which is a part of Microsoft Office Groove, a collaboration software allowing multiple users to work on a single project. It does not matter where in the world they are located, as the software creates a virtual workspace on a remote server where people can share and edit documents.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the GrooveAuditService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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GrooveAuditService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with GrooveAuditService
GrooveAuditService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Groove Audit Service belongs to software Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI or Microsoft Office Enterprise (version 2007) or Microsoft Office Shared (version 64-bit Setup) or Microsoft Office Access Setup by Microsoft (

Description: GrooveAuditService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GrooveAuditService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 64,856 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 65,824 bytes, 65,888 bytes or 68,464 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. GrooveAuditService.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can completely remove Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI or Microsoft Office Shared 64-bit Setup (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GrooveAuditService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GrooveAuditService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving GrooveAuditService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GrooveAuditService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the GrooveAuditService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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