What Is GrooveMonitor?

By Mike Smith

The amount of speculation and confusion Microsoft's GrooveMonitor has caused online is surprising. The software is actually an extra application packaged with Microsoft Office 2007, but it commonly accused of being everything from unnecessary to disguised spyware. While GrooveMonitor is not threatening at all, many users never use the features it adds. Turning off GrooveMonitor can preserve system resources and makes sense if you never use it.


GrooveMonitor runs constantly in the background to facilitate sharing Office files like Word documents and PowerPoint presentations with other computers. The software must be active in order to use Office 2007's collaborative tools. These features are used to allow multiple users to edit the same document and see changes that other make in real time.


If you do not need to work collaboratively on Office projects, you are unnecessarily slowing your computer by leaving GrooveMonitor on. All other features will continue to function without change even after disabling GrooveMonitor.

Disabling GrooveMonitor

To disable GrooveMonitor, click the "Start" button, type "Run" into the search and press the "Enter" key. Type "msconfig" in the window that appears and press "Enter." Click the "Startup" tab at the top of the window that appears and click to remove the check mark next to GrooveMonitor. Click "OK" to save the changes.


Certain spyware threats disguise themselves as the often misunderstood GrooveMonitor, so it is important that you do not ignore something your computer identifies as a threat simply because it bears the GrooveMonitor name. You should always have an up-to-date antivirus program running.