What is GrooveShellExtensions.dll?

GrooveShellExtensions.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about GrooveShellExtensions Module.

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GrooveShellExtensions.dll file information

The process known as GrooveShellExtensions Module or Microsoft Office Enterprise (version 2007) or Microsoft Office Ultimate (version 2007)

belongs to software Microsoft Office Access Setup or Microsoft Office Enterprise (version 2007) or Microsoft Office Shared (version 64-bit Setup, 64-bit, 64-bit MUI 2007, 64-bit MUI 2010, 64-bit MUI, 64-bit MUI) 2007, 64-bit MUI 2013) or Microsoft Office Access Setup Metadata MUI or Microsoft Office Ultimate (version 2007) or GrooveShellExtensions Module or Microsoft Office Home and or Microsoft Office Groove MUI (version 2007) or Microsoft Office Professional (version 2007) or Microsoft Office Home and Student (version 2007) or Microsoft Office Visio (version 2010) or Microsoft Office Shared Setup or Microsoft Office Shared Setup Metadata MUI or Microsoft Office (version 2003 Primary, 2003 Primary Interop, 2003 Web, 2003 Web Components, 2003 Proofing) or Microsoft Office Groove Setup or Microsoft Office Office (version 64-bit Components, 64-bit) or Microsoft Office Professional Hybrid (version 2007) or Microsoft Office PowerPoint or Microsoft Office Groove Setup Metadata MUI or Microsoft Office Project or MS Access (version 97 SP2) or Microsoft Office OneNote MUI (version 2007, 2010) or Microsoft Office Visio Professional (version 2007, 2003)

by Microsoft ( or Groove Networks (

Description: GrooveShellExtensions.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The GrooveShellExtensions.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 2,217,848 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 2,217,832 bytes and 10 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. The service has no detailed description. The GrooveShellExtensions.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. GrooveShellExtensions.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If any problems with Microsoft Office Groove MUI or Microsoft Office Access Setup occur, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs
  2) contact Customer Service.

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External information from Tony Klein:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GrooveShellExtensions.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GrooveShellExtensions.dll 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.


User Comments

It's a part of Microsoft Office - probably usable only for downloading cliparts etc.
Part of MS Office 2007
It has to do with Microsoft Office 2012 in my case
Its part of Office, is in no way malicious and most likely has absolutely nothing to do with any slowness or errors you are getting
i never used MS-groove , but it started appearing . i think its malicious
slows computer down on start up....file sharing for MS Office 2007 do not need it unless you use a network for file sharing
it appeared in my pc process's menu a couple weeks ago, my pc performance has been slowly going down the drain since
Security Task Managers says it is 60% dangerous, and indeed my pc freezes sometimes when I startup
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Summary: Average user rating of GrooveShellExtensions.dll: based on 38 votes with 9 reviews. 18 users think GrooveShellExtensions.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 5 users think GrooveShellExtensions.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade GrooveShellExtensions.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving GrooveShellExtensions issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GrooveShellExtensions. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the GrooveShellExtensions.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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