What Is DNS Unlocker?
In this DNS Unlocker removal guide you will learn more about its origins and what you can do to remove it. This is a type of potentially unwanted program that behaves very much like an Adware virus would – it creates advertisements in large quantities and it will harass you with them until you get rid of it. These Ads will mercilessly spawn whenever you start your browser or load a link and they will quickly bloat up any usage of your browser unless you devote time and effort to close their windows every time one is created. The Ads may appear in a large variety of forms including pop-up windows, banners, whole new pages or sometimes they could even appear hyperlinks inside random words in any text you read.
Apart from the annoyance from appearing the Ads from DNS Unlocker will also cause a slowdown to your computer, as it has to maintain their appearance and load them together with any page you try to load yourself. On an older computer or one that has slower internet speed this could even cause stuttering and non-responsiveness.
The Ads are only annoying, but the things they offer are downright dangerous
The problem with DNS Unlocker and it’s Ads is that they have no quality control over what is shown to you and the sites that are advertised. It’s actually more likely for DNS Unlocker to advertise fraudulent sites that will try to rob you as opposed to legitimate businesses. The usual type of fraud is when you download a program for free, but then you are asked to pay in order to unlock it’s functionality. And even if you make the mistake of paying there is no guarantee it will work.
Another and very important thing to be on the lookout for is viruses. DNS Unlocker will actually try to install them on your computer – usually under pretense to be something else. It could be a missing plug-in, recommended video player, anti-virus or utility program and they will be offered for free. DNS Unlocker is also not shy to create fake messages about non-existing problems in order to make you more willing to install the “solution”.
Remove DNS Unlocker
Now before we begin the removal process there is one important fact that you need to know – virus makers like to tweak the viruses they make in order to make them harder to get rid of. As this is an ongoing process there are always multiple versions of the same virus circulating – with the new versions requiring more operations to be removed. This is also the case with DNS Unlocker – users have reported that some people are able to remove it without running all steps, while others are not.
Our article will take care of all versions of DNS Unlocker , but as explained some steps might not be needed. Follow the steps carefully and if you don’t get the virus listed for removal as described then you likely don’t need to perform that step and should simply move on to the next one.
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.
Now we have to remove all copies of DNS Unlocker from your internet browsers, because DNS Unlocker infected them when it came into your PC. This involves running Steps 2&3 for each browser. Notice that this also includes old browsers you have installed, but might no longer be using (especially Internet Explorer if you are using another browser, because IE comes with Windows by default).
While you are doing this be on the lookout for random pop-up messages that offer compensations, deals or any other kind of software installations for free. This is actually a last ditch effort by DNS Unlocker to install itself under a different name or maybe a different virus entirely.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find DNS Unlocker . 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.
DNS Unlocker 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 DNS Unlocker 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.
A WARNING YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE PROCEEDING
What comes next is the most difficult and dangerous, but also mandatory step if you want to be permanently rid of DNS Unlocker . Doing this wrong can damage your OS significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, then you should probably download a professional DNS Unlocker remover instead. Using pro-software to clean DNS Unlocker can also allow you to scan your computer for other viruses afterwards. Some of the most dangerous types do not reveal themselves until it’s too late and only an online scanner can find them for you.
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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