How to remove DnsIOweb.net Browser Hijacker
What is DnsIOweb.net:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
DnsIOweb.net is classified as a browser hijacker, that claims to protect computers from various infections, while browsing the Internet, however the majority of the security researchers have classified it as malicious browser hijacker, capable of infiltrating systems silently and without user’s consent. Once active it modifies browser settings, browser shortcuts and get stuck as home page/default search engine. This hijacker is appears to be extremely aggressive, mainly because it not only replaces homepages, but also modifies shortcut targets in order to stay clandestine and not to be removed easily. Usually various malicious applications are getting onto those computers that are compromised. This hijacker is distributed using various methods, including the “bundling” method, which allows it to get installed together with other regular, legitimate software applications. This is considered a misleading technique, which allows installation of software that is neither wanted nor required by the user. Once the browser is infected, and the user performs a search, he/she will be redirected to http://DnsIOweb.net, where the search results will be compromised and loaded with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.
Usually, DnsIOweb.net comes packed with some other free software and is being installed by default when the user accepts the EULA while performing an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the DnsIOweb.net hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
DnsIOweb.net would fill up your screen with questionable and unwanted ads, that could lead to other malware infections. The DnsIOweb.net will monitor your online activity by hijacking your browser searches. It would most likely gather private data, such as browsing history, bookmarks, browsing habits, session ids, tracking cookies, account information, usernames and password information and even financial information. The gathered private data will later be used/shared/sell by/to some 3rd party marketing agencies for marketing purposes. That’s the reason why this malware infection shouldn’t be left unattended, and needs to be terminated asap, as it is a serious threat to your online & offline security.
!!! 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 all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic DnsIOweb.net Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect DnsIOweb.net 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.
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Manual DnsIOweb.net Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove DnsIOweb.net hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove DnsIOweb.net 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 DnsIOweb.net, iLivid, Torch, DnsIOweb.net for Internet Explorer, DnsIOweb.net for Firefox, DnsIOweb.net for Chrome, BrowserProtect, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be 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 DnsIOweb.net 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 Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close it 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-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by DnsIOweb.net in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
DnsIOweb.net might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the DnsIOweb.net`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that DnsIOweb.net uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to DnsIOweb.net by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named DnsIOweb.net in: