Article last updated on October 24, 2012
What is Buzzdock? Is it adware?
One of the more maligned browser add-ons to come along in recent times, Buzzdock fits the definition of adware to a T. While this free extension does provide "enhanced" search results on a select number of sites as promised, it also injects unwieldy advertisements into both your search engines and many popular Web pages. As if that weren't enough of a deterrent, Buzzdock will occasionally serve up in-text advertisements, signified by a blue double-underline on selected Web page verbiage, along with other standalone ads that pop up in their own tabs or windows. Buzzdock also modifies several of your browser's settings for the alleged purpose of optimizing the tool's performance.
A growing problem...
The longer that Buzzdock is installed, the worse things seem to get, as more ads continue to display until your browser's performance has slowed down to a crawl. In all fairness, the add-on does deliver as promised from a functionality standpoint in some increasingly rare cases. Its search dock appears on a select number of the sites that it claims to support. However, the tool does not appear at all on many websites where it supposedly should. Due to what are widely considered to be unsavory practices, some of these aforementioned sites have begun to proactively block Buzzdock; while the add-on simply does not function as expected on others. Also, if you locate and read all of the fine print - which many of us fail to do at times - there is mention of Buzzdock ads appearing on a sampling of websites and search results. However, no FAQs or terms and conditions can prepare you for the onslaught of advertising and clutter that comes along with having Buzzdock installed. In many cases, particularly on older machines, users have reported that their browsers became practically unusable after several days.
The unwelcome banner ads, which come in several shapes and sizes, occasionally cover up legitimate ads that are actually sold by the websites on which they appear. In other instances they push these "real" ads down below the fold, so to speak, and can also cause actual site content to render incorrectly as a result of their forceful placement.
How did I get Buzzdock?
Although many complaints come from users who have willingly installed Buzzdock - which is enabled in Chrome, Firefox, and IE by default - there are a bevy of reports across the Web of Buzzdock ads appearing on computers where the tool was not knowingly or voluntarily installed. This is perhaps the most troubling aspect here, as Buzzdock could be packaged with other rogue browser extensions or programs, leaving an unwitting Web surfer with a virtual ticking time bomb of ads waiting silently to wreak havoc.
While many of the Buzzdock advertisements appear to be safe from a destination standpoint, there are dozens of unsubstantiated rumors out there claiming that some of the ads have led to sites containing malware and drive-by downloads. If true, this would make Buzzdock's behavior not only an extreme annoyance but also a security risk.
How to uninstall Buzzdock
It should be noted that most conventional ad blockers do not stifle Buzzdock's advertisements from being displayed. While there are several adware/malware removal tools that claim to wipe out Buzzdock entirely, our step-by-step tutorial should do the trick in most cases. If you follow these steps completely and are still seeing Buzzdock ads in your browser, please feel free to contact me.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is derived from a combination of my personal experiences with Buzzdock as well as others who have posted their individual experiences on various message boards and social networking outlets.