How to remove DNS Unlocker Adware
What is DNS Unlocker:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
DNS Unlocker pretends that it could provide you with access to some blocked websites and will protect your privacy, however it is classified as an adware by the majority of the security experts. We strongly advise you to think twice, before installing it on your computer . The developers had used a “bundle” distribution technique, which allows installing various software products together as one bundle! The “bundle” is considered a deceptive technique and that’s why it is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) and an adware. It displays various ads presented as pop-up boxes, coupons, deals, underlined keywords, banners and sponsored links. If your browser starts showing “Ads by DNS Unlocker”, “DNS Unlocker Ads”, “By DNS Unlocker”, “Powered by DNS Unlocker” or“Brought to you by DNS Unlocker”, you should consider your computer infected with adware. DNS Unlocker loads tons of unwanted advertisements on almost every web page that you visit. The PUP shows ads into all well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might see different pop-ups, banners, search suggestions, sponsored link advertisements displayed on popular pages. The search results could also being altered, displaying information loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
DNS Unlocker is usually bundled with other free software programs and is getting installed by default, when the user accepts the “bundle” EULA. That is why, you should be very careful when performing an installation and always choose the custom installation, as it will allow you to choose what is going to be installed. The possible distribution of DNS Unlocker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for regular or novice users) using a Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic DNS Unlocker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect DNS Unlocker and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter’s Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can manually remove the detected files, processes and registry entries, or you can do what we have suggested – to purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and receive unlimited free professional help from a highly trained and experienced support technician.
Manual DNS Unlocker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove DNS Unlocker Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove DNS Unlocker Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to DNS Unlocker, DNS Unlocker, iReview, Obrona Blockads, Media Player 1.1, Video Player, YoutubeAdBlocker, Enterprise Policy, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Fast Free Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Savings Bull, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please keep in mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not being able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove DNS Unlocker from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run”. 3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-left corner), click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will show the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to DNS Unlocker by checking the following locations: