This page aims to help you remove DNSWalters.exe. These DNSWalters.exe removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
But, before you set about going to remove it, it is good to know a few things about DNSWalters.exe.
What is DNSWalters.exe?
DNSWalters.exe is an adware, and as the name suggests, it is a program that provides advertisements. According to security experts, the level of threat that an adware poses to your computer is minimal. Therefore, it is not considered a virus, as a virus is a piece of programming code that is malicious and harmful to the computer in which it resides. However, that is not to say that an adware is harmless and we should just let DNSWalters.exe be. Removal of it is still important and encouraged, as it does cause a few negative side-effects, especially due to the way it attaches to your Firefox and Chrome browser.
What are the negative side-effects?
First and foremost, the side-effect that is felt by most users is irritation and frustration. When you are in a hurry or simply in a zone of doing something, having to constantly deal with advertisements can be a pain. These ads can be in the form of banners , pop-up boxes or ads or even as a separate window. Some of the ads even have sounds which can, oftentimes, be startling especially when it is least expected.
Secondly, another side-effects of this is that as it is a program that is constantly running in the background, it will cause your computer’s functioning to slow down.
What does it do?
It tracks your browsing history and patterns, favourites and bookmarks. It will then create ads of items that are either those that you have previously browsed through or those that are available on the sites that you have frequented. These ads are specially generated according to your taste and preferences in order to better entice you to click on it.
If you happen to click on the ads, it is best to quickly close the page that you are being directed to. These pages are of no value to you. In the best-case scenario, it may be some previous sites that you have visited where the items featured are found. Otherwise, you might be directed to some pay-per-click sites where the creators are able to make some money and generate income. Sometimes, you might even be directed to insecure, dubious sites that may be full of security loopholes which will make your computer be at risk of being infected by other adwares and viruses. Therefore, if you happen to chance upon the ads, quickly close it so that you will not risk being directed to these webpages.
How did my computer get infected in the first place?
You probably got this adware from one of the many free (or illegal) program downloads that are freely available online. Adware is usually being bundled together with these programs in order to have a greater outreach. But, fear not! This does not mean that you cannot download free programs in the future. Free downloads is a great thing and you can still enjoy it without the threat to your security, as long as you exercise caution and be willing to spend a few more minutes during the installation process.
During the installation of any programs, always avoid selecting the “Automatic Installation”. Developers of adwares and viruses usually take advantage of this option to infect your computer with their programs. Instead, go for the “Custom Installation” option. This is where you are able to see what the files and folders that will be installed onto your computer are. At this stage then, look through carefully the names of all the files and unselect the ones whose name you find unfamiliar. If there is an “Advanced Settings” option, have a look at that as well just to be cautious.
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|Detection Tool||Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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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.
- Do not skip this – DNSWalters.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:
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.
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 DNSWalters.exe from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove DNSWalters.exe from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove DNSWalters.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 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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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