This article helps with the DNS Unlocker “Virus” removal from Chrome, Firefox, IE and Android phones. If a DNS Unlocker removal tool is what you are looking for, we can help you with that as well.
DNS Unlocker removal tool is a program known to belong to the well-known adware class. It is marketed as supposedly being able to grant you access to blocked websites and digital media, free of charge. Unfortunately it does not deliver. As you can tell from its name, that’s not quite the point of adware programs, merely the pretense of their legality. This type of software is designed for all of the most popular Internet browsers (Chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer) and has been well documented to induce numerous advertisements in the form of pop-up windows and browser redirects such as my quick converter, layers of banners and random in-text links on pages, where they normally aren’t present. We strongly advise you against clicking on any of these ads, because it is very common for them to sometimes be fake or just pose a clever ruse for the user to be tricked into clicking on the specific pop-up or link. Once this happens you will in many cases be redirected to shady websites and prompted to install different types of software under the pretense of missing “codecs”, different program updates, anti-virus programs or tools to deal with a “detected” threat. These are exactly the types of things that would have you end up in a situation where a DNS Unlocker removal is unavoidable. You can see another prime example of this type of software in our Zeus Virus Detected instructions.
All that being said, however, please note that adware is not to be confused with a virus or other type of malware (‘malicious’ + ‘software’ = malware). It is an annoying piece of programming, but it will not directly harm your computer or the data stored on it. Specialists like to refer to these types of things as potentially unwanted programs or PUP.
One of the reasons why DNS Unlocker would be potentially unwanted was described above, but there’s also another, no less important reason for you to consider ridding yourself of this parasite as quickly as you can. Adware is notorious for collecting you browsing related information, since it needs to optimize the content of the ads and make it more appealing to you. This information, which might include your geolocation, IP address, favorite sites, search queries and even personal details you’ve entered somewhere, is stored, analyzed and quite likely sold to third parties. We assume you can extrapolate the dangers of there being cyber criminals among these third parties and what that could result in, should your data land in their hands. So even though DNS unlocker is not a virus you should strive to have it removed from your machine – the sooner, the better.
In addition to these more serious ways in which the DNS Unlocker “virus”can affect you, you could also expect to experience one or more of the following symptoms related to being infected by adware:
- General slowdown of your PC;
- Various system errors;
- Possible gathering and installation of other adware.
When it comes to dealing with nuisances like the DNS Unlocker “virus”, understanding how it came to be on your PC in the first place is paramount. There are several ways this could have happened: Spam email is the first and most widely used method, but probably the least effective one. The second and by far the most lucrative one are freely distributed programs bundled with adware. These packages contain unwanted “extra content” that is firmly seated on the thin grey line between legal and illegal. You will typically find these on open-source download platforms or torrent websites. Once downloaded, a common mistake many people make (apart from not reading the EULA) is choosing the default setup settings. This is what enable the developers to stealthily include the bundled in adware, because you have technically already given your permission for that. So they end up having to deal with some DNS Unlocker removal problem. For this reason, we highly recommend choosing the advanced/custom settings for any such installation, because it will allow you to view what ‘complimentary’ programs have been included and give you the option of permitting or not permitting them to be installed as well.
An additional piece of information:
You may (or may not) encounter this Adware with a varying degree of other names, like powered by DNS, powered by DNSUnlocker, brought by DNS Unlocker, etc. The name doesn’t really matter. It’s all basically the same thing, so don’t be confused even if there are small differences. The DNS Unlocker “Virus” refers to the practice of advertisement platforms labeling their ads to increase their own renown. In reality it doesn’t mean anything. We’ve already had several people in the comments confused by this, so we wrote it down here to make matters clear.
|Type|| Adware/Browser Hijacker hybrid
|Danger Level||Medium (DNS Unlocker can lead to additional programs, potentially even malicious ones, being installed on your computer)|
|Symptoms||Small icons appearing in the ash-tray. Advertisements imposed on any browser pages. Sudden redirects to random websites.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled with various types of free software, spam email and from online adverts|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
DNS Unlocker Removal
To try and remove DNS Unlocker quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the DNS Unlocker extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove DNS Unlocker by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of DNS Unlocker and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed DNS Unlocker removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove DNS Unlocker from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove DNS Unlocker from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove DNS Unlocker from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!