What is RocketDock.exe?

The genuine RocketDock.exe file is a software component of Rocket Dock by Punk Software.
RocketDock.exe is an executable file that runs the Rocket Dock application, a program launcher that docks on the Windows desktop and provides a cleaner interface from which users can access programs and other shortcuts. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Rocket Dock is a freeware software that features an alpha-blended customizable interface, the ability to minimize items to the dock, indicators for running applications, drag and drop functionality to add or remove items from the dock, item positioning and layering options, autohide and popup on mouse over, complete portability and compatibility with skins from other docking software, and multiple language support. Punk Labs consists of a small team of two 'indie' software developers - Oren "PolyVector" Kurtz and Tara "Skunkie" Bellafiore. Over the years, the duo have created numerous freeware software such as Sunshine!, UberIcon, and Shadow Softener, distributed using the Creative Commons license. More recently, Punk Labs collaborated with Steam to produce The Forest, a first person shooter, horror-survival game.

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 RocketDock.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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RocketDock.exe file information

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

The process known as RocketDock (version 1.3.5) belongs to software CustoPackTools or ĀµTorrent or ACTION by Punk Software (

Description: RocketDock.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The RocketDock.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 495,616 bytes (88% of all occurrences), 630,784 bytes and 10 more variants. 
There is no file information. It is not a Windows system file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run, Shell Folders, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. RocketDock.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with RocketDock.exe, you can do the following:

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


User Comments

Dock program similar to MacOS standart dock, or Stardock ObjectDock.
  Den Seeker   (further information)
I use it as a quick launch bar
RocketDock is a computer program (for Windows 2000 and higher) providing a dock similar to that in the Mac OS X Aqua GUI. It is free under a Creative Commons License and is distributed by Punk Software. The dock is also compatible with Windows Vista, and is able to show live updates for the windows that are minimized, like in Mac OS X, and live thumbnail updates on the task bar in Vista.
  Sabber   (further information)
it's a extra application for windows, that creates a object bar like on a mac... if you don't use the bar or know what it is just get rid of it, it'll just eat up memory
It has a lot of cool programs
This is Rocket Dock. A GUI Addon. Safe
I have been using it for a while, and works good as a quick launcher.
A Customisable sidbar that replicates MacOS.Is brilliant and very useable.Hides on side of screen untill mouse over and allows quick launch to programmes by simple dragging icon to the bar.
  Pete J  
its good program harmles , but eat memory ,, its ok,,
  dj antology  
quick launch bar, very nice. GUI Desktop Widget
quick launch bar
  daltont2000   (further information)
Very good organized Desktop organizer

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of RocketDock.exe: based on 23 votes with 12 user comments. 16 users think RocketDock.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving RocketDock issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with RocketDock. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 RocketDock.exe 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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