This article was created to help you remove Ads by DNS Unblocker from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Today we have set our sights on a virus called Ads by DNS Unblocker. This bugger is a nasty piece of Adware and true to it’s nature it will create a large quantity of advertisements every time you start your browser or load a new page while working on it. These Ads could be pop-ups, banners, new pages or maybe even Ads by DNS Unblocker will turn words from any text you read into hyperlinks, accompanied with an Ad that will be shown if you hover over the word. Despite their shape these Ads do share something – they are very annoying to deal with and they will make your time browsing a living nightmare. Before we explain what you need to do there are a couple of think you need to know beforehand.
Don’t click on the Ads
Even though the Ads may offer great discounts on things you need you should not fall for their lure. Ads by DNS Unblocker is able to read your browser’s history and past search queries and thus it will load Ads that advertise similar goods. The discounts are also part of the trap as nobody sells these things so cheap… unless he is not planning to sell anything. There is some chance for the offers to be legitimate, but we advise against trying your luck.
Further you should be careful as Ads by DNS Unblocker may try to install viruses on your computer. The Ads may even offer free downloads of software or other free stuff like wallpapers, screensavers etc. These files will almost certainly be infected with a virus. Other popular tricks including fake messages about missing plug-ins, bogus warnings about virus infestations or registry errors and more. Typically the offered software will be suggested to help with the before mentioned fake problems or presented as a stand-alone useful app like PC optimizer.
We recommend you never install what Ads by DNS Unblocker might offer you, otherwise you might regret it later. There are some very dangerous viruses propagating themselves through programs like Ads by DNS Unblocker.
|Type||Adware/Browser Hijacker hybrid|
|Danger Level||High. DNS Unlocker is one of the premier adware threats around. It is not unlikely either it or something it installed can record your passwords and accounts – including any bank credentials.|
|Symptoms||A small icon in the ash-tray appearing. Advertisements imposed on any browser pages. Sudden redirects to random websites.|
|Distribution Method||Trojans, free software bundled with it, spam email and phishing alerts.|
|Detection Tool||Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use this professional parasite scanner to make sure you find all files related to the infection.Sponsored|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Ads by DNS Unblocker from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Ads by DNS Unblocker from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove Ads by DNS Unblocker
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Before we begin with the removal process remember that these days nearly all viruses exist under different names or under different versions using the same name. The functionality is usually retained, the difference will be in the steps that you need to perform in order to get rid of the virus. We’ve made our guide to be exhaustive for any version of Ads by DNS Unblocker, but unfortunately this also means some of these steps might be ansolutely necessary to remove whatever version of Ads by DNS Unblocker is on your computer.
Start with the guide and carefully follow the steps. If either of these do not produce the described result (you can’t find Ads by DNS Unblocker in a list for example) you shouldn’t worry and simply move on to the next step, as it appears the current one was not mandatory.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Ads by DNS Unblocker has most likely infected all of your internet browsers. Now you will remove it from each and every one of them. Run steps 2&3 for every browser in your computer and don’t forget to include browsers that are installed, but you may be no longer using. Even even a single copy remains after this operation all will be for nothing as Ads by DNS Unblocker will just clone itself from the copy and re-infect everything you just cleared.
While you are running these steps be aware that different messages might be created to discourage you from removing Ads by DNS Unblocker from your computer or maybe offer you to download and install something as a reward. Do not let Ads by DNS Unblocker fool you – the virus is simply trying to reinfect your computer with a different name. Uninstall any downloads prompted by Ads by DNS Unblocker.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Ads by DNS Unblocker . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Ads by DNS Unblocker should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Ads by DNS Unblocker and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
AN IMPORTANT WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
The final steps of the guide are above deleting every single file linked to Ads by DNS Unblocker. Unfortunately this could be also dangerous. Doing this wrong can damage your OS significantly with a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Ads by DNS Unblocker remover. Afterwards you can use the program to scan your computer if anything remains of Ads by DNS Unblocker and also for the presence of other, more subtle viruses. Just because you can’t see them at the moment doesn’t mean there aren’t there working in the background!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once 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 you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.