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Ads by DNS-Locker. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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What is DNS-Locker?

DNS-Locker is yet another browser add-on that has supplemented the family of adwares and potentially unwanted programs. In fact, it’s not a genuine application but rather a clone of DNS Unlocker, DNS Unblocker, and DNS Keeper. Judging from the name of an app, DNS-Locker should be a slightly different application from the ones that we have just mentioned since it should allow users to block unwanted content. However, neither blocking nor unblocking the content can make this application useful. That’s because it’s a real adware that may start showing you tons of irritating advertisements (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, etc.), causing browser’s redirects, tracking you and initiating similar activities that affiliated marketing-oriented programs usually do. Therefore, if your web browser has recently started showing you “Ads by DNS-Locker”, “Powered by DNS-Locker”, “DNS-Locker Ads”, and similarly marked advertisements, stop believing that they are brought by the websites that you are visiting because it’s a clear sign of DNS-Locker hijack.

Questions about Ads by DNS-Locker

Although this program is not a malicious virus, it is set to display sponsored advertisements to the users. However, its sponsors are not specified, so there is no chance of knowing whether those advertisements can be trusted or not. Therefore, try to avoid DNS-Locker redirects as hard as you can. In addition to that, do not forget that adware-type programs may accumulate user’s browsing history and some pieces of personally identifiable information that they enter in the websites visited, so if you are not keen on sharing any details with doubtful third parties about you, make sure that you remove DNS-Locker ASAP. Fortunately, this can easily be done with the help of Reimage.

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How did DNS-Locker infect my web browser?

DNS-Locker is a kind of a browser add-on that may slither onto PC’s without being noticed. Good news are that immediately after infiltration this app ‘announces’ about the presence by displaying tons of ads, diminishing web browser’s performance, causing redirects and initiating other activities that haven’t been happening during browsing before. Therefore, the user may start looking for the cause of aforementioned issues and remove it. Bad news are that DNS-Locker adware and other similar programs are spreading bundled with freewares. Although such distribution method is not illegal, it makes installation of free downloads a risky thing. Therefore, if you want to prevent unauthorized installation of unwanted programs, you must check Advanced/Custom settings when installing free software and untick all add-ons, plug-ins, and toolbars along the way. Otherwise, DNS-Locker can easily end up on your web browser without being noticed.

DNS-Locker FAQ:

Question: What should I do if misleading “Ads by DNS-Locker” keep showing on my screen? Usually, they cover the majority of the screen, so I’m not able to perform the simplest task during my browsing. Please help!

Answer: DNS-Locker ads show up during browsing only if the system is infected by a DNS-Locker adware. Therefore, in order to stop those disruptive advertisements from appearing on your screen, you will have to remove an adware. In order to do that, you can either perform the steps that are provided down below or initiate a full system check with a reliable anti-malware.

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To remove DNS-Locker ads, follow these steps:

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Delete DNS-Locker from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall DNS-Locker and related programs
    Here, look for DNS-Locker or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Get rid of DNS-Locker from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for DNS-Locker or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Erase DNS-Locker from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DNS-Locker and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DNS-Locker removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove DNS-Locker ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, DNS-Locker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall DNS-Locker from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select DNS-Locker and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete DNS-Locker removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate DNS-Locker from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select DNS-Locker and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete DNS-Locker removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete DNS-Locker from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for DNS-Locker or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete DNS-Locker removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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