This is a DNS unlocker removal guide for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
Today we’ll be dissecting the Adware virus known as DNS Unlocker Removal. It might not be as nasty as some of the more dangerous viruses out there (like Trojans and Ransom-wares) but should not be underestimated at all. The thing with advertisement-creating viruses like DNS Unlocker is that directly they do little much then annoy you. However there is absolutely no quality control over what sites they are advertising and they can install all kinds of other viruses if left unchecked.
The main function of DNS Unlocker is to create Ads – be it pop-ups, banners, whole pages or even turning random words from texts into hyperlinks. It will do that on a trigger – and the common trigger is when you load a page in the internet browser, so it happens often. These Ads naturally obstruct your normal work process and they will slow down your computer, as it has to load the page you want PLUS the Ads.
The real danger is not the Ads, but in what they offer
In addition to the general Ads DNS Unlocker may also try to install viruses in your computer. Of course they will be labeled
as different things – maybe pissing plug-ins, maybe anti-virus scanners and PC optimization or repair utilities, maybe something else entirely. It is important to understand that DNS Unlocker is simple not to be trusted and to ignore any offer that originates from it.
Be alarmed that DNS Unlocker is not shy of creating fake system messages about non-existing problems and issues with your computer in order to make you more compliant and willing to download the “solutions” it may offer. The best course of action is to ignore any such messages until you remove DNS Unlocker from your computer. If you feel you actually need such a program don’t download it from random links, but look up the official site for it and get it from there. That is the only way to be sure the installer is not infected with a virus.
DNS Unlocker Removal
Now before we begin in the removal there is one important piece of information you should now – virus makes constantly improve and upgrade the viruses they make in order to make removal harder. This means that there are multiple versions of a single virus in existence – each requiring more steps to remove then the previous one. This is also the case with DNS Unlocker and we’ve written our guide to be able to handle even the most advanced known versions of DNS Unlocker.
Now unfortunately this also means that some steps may not be required for older versions of the virus and we cannot predict which one you have on your PC. So as you follow the guide you enter a step and get no option to clear DNS Unlocker from it you probably have an older version and should just move forward to the next step without worrying that you missed something. Just make sure you performed everything as described.
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 DNS Unlocker from your internet browsers. This involves performing Steps 2&3 multiple times – once for each browser. Don’t forget to include ALL installed browsers – even those you might no longer be using, but are still on you PC. DNS Unlocker has likely infected them as well. You should not skip any browser, because DNS Unlocker can just clone itself from any remaining copy and infect everything again on next reboot.
While you are at it you might also get a message asking you about why you remove DNS Unlocker, are you dissatisfied, would you like a replacement product or something else for free. It is a trap message through which DNS Unlocker will try to install itself back under a different name. Don’t allow and installation of anything.
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! DON’T SKIP THIS SECTION
Ahead we have the important and difficult step, so be extremely careful as it is paramount to removing DNS Unlocker permanently. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake.
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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