How To Uninstall GrooveMonitor.exe

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

GrooveMonitor is a service utility that tracks groove behavour and creates reports for error reporting to MS (what else does it report?). It loads on startup. It gets installed when you install Office 2007. However it doesn’t get uninstalled when you uninstall Office 2007. GrooveMonitor starts upon Windows startup (via registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). In the words of one of my pained reader:

Dear Angsuman,
I was “hit” by the WGA notification this morning (a year after I installed my Windows). Fortunately, I was able to find your blog and your 3 simple steps solved the problem like a charm. Thank you!

Perhaps you would know how to solve another “Microsoft” problem: Some time ago I have tried Microsoft Office 2007 (and hated it). After un-installation, however, the thing keeps loading GrooveMonitor, and keeps trying to do it even though I have deleted all reference to it from my hard disk (when I delete it from the Registry, it re-appears misteriously).
With best regards,

You bet!

To remove GrooveMonitor from your machine you have to go to Control Panel and then select Add/Remove programs. GrooveMonitor is one of the displayed applications. Uninstall it from there. That should do it for any normal windows program. Not surprisingly Microsoft himself often violates this basic principle (which surprisingly would give you more control over their crappy [pardon my French] software), and GrooveMonitor will still load on startup.

You can however use msconfig to prevent it from coming up on Windows startup.
1. Go to Start menu and click Run
2. Type msconfig and press Enter.
3. Go to Startup tab and then uncheck any reference to “groovemonitor”
4. Reboot

Note: Some malware may also camouflage themselves as GrooveMonitor.exe, particularly if they are located in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder.

GrooveMonitor is currently owned by Microsoft Corporation.

July 20, 2010: 12:03 am

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December 30, 2009: 7:44 am

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November 19, 2009: 6:33 am

I found this message when i turn on my computer which is (groovemonitor.exe-application error).The application failed to initialize properly(oxc0000034).
click on ok to terminate the application.

November 3, 2009: 3:06 am

I found this file on my PC, I wonder is it dangerous for my computer? is it possible that my computer is being monitored by someone?

September 12, 2009: 6:48 am

Hi folks,
I am as new to this as a 1sec babe is to the earth. I just purchased a netbook Acer150 for 2400TT dollars which is about 400US. I have two problems.
1. Populating programs in add/remove is taking very long
2. I purchased a nexxt blue tooth dongle for windows and it is not loading properly.

July 16, 2009: 10:00 am

If you have confidential files, you may want to consider encrypting them or not storing them electronically.

June 8, 2009: 8:56 pm

instead of hacking ur system up to remove groove just goto add/remove, highlight office2007, click change and uncheck groove, let 07 finish, reboot and there ya have it no more groove

May 8, 2009: 9:30 pm

Using Windows defender I found that groovemonitor was listed under the startup programs. I googled groovemonitor and found this site. opening my “add or remove programs” and decided to disable groovemonitor using windows defender. when I clicked disable it told me that the file could not be found… After doing more research I have decided that I REALLY dont want this “monitor” on my computer. the ap is not listed under the add or remove programs. does this mean its really not there? how can one be sure that it is gone?

Chris Semrad
November 17, 2008: 5:06 pm

After google’n the groovemonitor.exe your site was one of the firsts to popup, thought adding that this part of office 2007 (or OFFICE12) can be removed using the windows installer cleaner which can be D/L over here at

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