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This aim of this article is to remove the DNSLockington.exe “Virus”. The DNS Lockington.exe “Virus” removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and IE. If you are on this page, it probably means that you have already realized that there is something with your computer and that you are seeking ways to fix the problem. Here, we give you a brief description of what DNSLockington.exe “Virus” is as well as a guide to remove it. This uninstall guide works for all browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as all versions of Windows. it is important to note that although we just called DNSLockington.exe a “Virus”, in reality it is not – that’s why we have the inverted commas up there. People mistakenly call it a virus, although in reality it is a legal software called DNS Unlocker. DNS Lockington does not exhibit the typical behavior of malware despite what you may hear on other websites.

What is DNSLockington.exe?

According to security experts, DNSLockington.exe is an adware and not a virus. A virus is a malicious piece of programming code that seeks to inflict harm and damage to the user. Adware, on the other hand, does not cause direct damage to the user; instead, as its name suggest, adware provides users with advertisements.

DNSLockington.exe might seem harmless as it only serves to provide users with advertisements. However, the main problem that people usually have with it is that its uninstallation is very complex and cumbersome. But, fear not, as, here, we will help you navigate your way through it by providing a detailed step-by-step guide that will make this journey of uninstalling the adware easier.

If you are considering uninstalling DNSLockington.exe, you have probably experienced the cons of having too many advertisements, which, in the long-run, only serves to inconvenience and irritate you, as the computer user. Basically, this thing is able to do this by tracking your browsing history and patterns, favorites and bookmarks. From the gathered information, DNSLockington.exe, then, generates personalized advertisement for your viewing. These advertisements will be mainly of products and items that you have recently searched for. These advertisements are typically known to show themselves as pop-up boxes or ads, or even as a separate window; usually as coupons or deals.

What should I do?

To see if the advertisement that you encounter is generated by DNS Lockington/DNS UNLOCKER, look at the bottom of the ad and see if there are tags such as “Powered by”, “Proudly brought to you by” or “Generated by”, these are a few of the tell-tale signs of having an adware.

When you encounter such advertisements then, first and foremost: Do Not Click On The Ads. Clicking on these advertisements, will only direct you to other insecure sites that allows other adware to be downloaded onto your computer. Sometimes, the websites that you are directly to will promote new programs and software for you to download – these programs are usually full with security loopholes that can allow other directly and indirectly malicious programs to be loaded onto your computer in the future. You should always bear in mind that none of the proclaimed deals are real. Instead, you should ignore the advertisements and close them immediately.

How did I get DNSLockington.exe?

Other than the above-mentioned way – clicking on advertisements, DNSLockington.exe can also be spread through emails. When you receive dubious emails from unknown senders, delete the emails straightaway without opening them. You can also configure your email settings to direct such emails to your spam folder in the future to avoid complications.

Another way by which your computer can be affected by DNSLockington.exe is through free or illegal downloads. Usually, the creators of an adware will bundle it together with free software downloads and torrent files. After you have downloaded said software, you might have chosen “Automatic Installation” where DNSLockington.exe will then be installed onto your computer together with the software itself. To avoid this from happening in the future, you should chose “Custom Installation” and look through the files that are to be installed onto your computer carefully. Sometimes, these wayward programs are also hidden in the “Advanced Settings” to make it harder for detection.



Name DNSLockington.exe (a process, belonging to an adware called DNS UNLOCKER)
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  Hyperlinked text starts appearing all over the screen, leading to products. Advertisements appear with an “ads by” or “powered by” denomination on your screen.
Distribution Method Something Something Something Something Something Something Something SomethingSomething
Detection Tool Adware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection, you need to purchase the full version.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – DNSLockington.exe may have hidden some of its files.

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.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove DNSLockington.exe from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove DNSLockington.exe from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove DNSLockington.exe from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

1 Comment

  • Hi Rodney, this line is OK, it should be there. What does the green symbol look like? Can you send me a screenshot?

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