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Remove DNS Loader virus (Tutorial)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

DNS Loader is a browser plug-in that stems from the same family as DNS Unblocker, DNS Unlocker, DNS-Locker, DNS keeper, and other programs that are related to DNS services. The programs mentioned above are used for opening websites that you are blocked from entering or vice versa for blocking unwanted websites. Unfortunately, but none of those programs can be considered reliable. All of them have already been included into out blog under ‘adware’ category. DNS Loader is not an exception.

About DNS Loader:

DNS Loader is deemed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Usually, people install it bundled with freewares/sharewares. Unfortunately, but in most of the cases they do so unconsciously because DNS Loader virus is disclosed in a misleading manner so that they skip this app unnoticed. Or if they spot information about this app during freewares installation, commonly they agree to install believing that it will let them load websites that they are not allowed to visit due to some reason.

  • Unfortunately, but once the user agrees to install DNS Loader adware, he/she gives the permission to hijack web browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox) and unconsciously agrees with the perception of sponsored commercial and non-commercial offers. In fact, we doubt that this program performs its tasks properly because, in fact, its main task is to display sponsored advertisements and generate advertising income.
  • For this purpose, it displays various forms of intrusive advertisements (banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, textual links, video ads, full-page ads, etc.). Most of them are marked, for example, “Ads by DNS Loader,” “Powered by DNS Loader,” “DNS Loader Ads,” and so on. Thus, it should not be difficult to distinguish them from the others.
  • Be careful and try to stay away from the mentioned pop-ups because they are used for making people visit sponsored websites. This way, third parties promote affiliate websites and generate income. However, no one can assure that all promoted websites are safe, what means that DNS Loader redirect can also make you visit unsafe websites where you can accidentally end up with another PUP.
  • Thus, stay away from the commercial pop-ups and never fall into surfing on the websites that they might make you visit. At best, once DNS Loader ads show up, install SpyHunter and use its help for preventing all the risk.

DNS Loader virusDoes DNS Loader pose a risk to my privacy?

Questions about DNS Loader virus

DNS Loader adware uses tracking cookies. It means that keeping it installed pose a risk, though small, to your privacy. That’s because it uses tracking cookies and collects personally non-identifiable information about your browsing habits (pages viewed, clicks, IP address, PC’s location, data that you have encountered, etc.). Therefore, it’s better to delete DNS Loader adware without a delay.

DNS Loader FAQ:

Question: I don’t understand how did I get infected with DNS Loader virus! Could you please enlighten me how does it spread and how is it possible to remove it?

Answer: DNS Loader has been classified as a PUP because it is usually attached to various freewares as an ‘optional download.’ Therefore, you must have installed a freeware on your computer and skipped installation wizard unchecked. Consequently, all additional components that have been set by default have been installed by default. How to prevent that? It’s a must to check Advanced or Custom installation option and reject installation of browser add-ons, toolbars, plug-ins, extensions or any other apps that are disclosed as ‘additional components. For those who has already installed DNS Loader virus, we have some good news. It’s not difficult to remove this adware from the system. For this purpose, you can select between two options – manual and automatic removal. Both methods are introduced and illustrated below, so check the instructions and select the removal option that you consider to suit you better.

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DNS Loader virus snapshot
DNS Loader virus snapshot

To remove DNS Loader virus, follow these steps:

Erase DNS Loader 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 Loader and related programs
    Here, look for DNS Loader 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'

Get rid of DNS Loader 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 Loader 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'

Delete DNS Loader 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 Loader 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 Loader removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove DNS Loader virus 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 Loader should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate DNS Loader 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 Loader 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 Loader removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall DNS Loader 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 Loader 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 Loader removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase DNS Loader 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 Loader 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 Loader removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Caroline says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I have just helped my mom to uninstall this adware using the removal guide you provided. It worked well, thanks! Surprising, how deceptively such programs enter PC users system. It is very inappropriate!

  2. LohanQingg says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Carpware! It used to drive me nuts, goddamn it. Ad after ad following my clicks on links on the web! Like, they show up everytime I open a new web page. However, at the end of the day, I deleted this worm from my computer. It cannot send me annoying advertisements anymore!!!

  3. TAO says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I am also so annoyed! I am not going to waste my tim anymore trying to figure out wtf happened to my PC. Im getting SpyHunter.

  4. NoneofUrbusiness says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I would ban this program, as it does not have any use for anyone. It installs itself silently, it shows misleading ads, which also redirect to suspicious websites. Who would want such interferences during their time on the Internet? Why such apps are developed?

  5. Tim Share says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Rubbish! spammed my web browser with useless ads and has just made me catch a virus. DONT click on its ads since they promote malware.

  6. Jaya Lakshmi says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 1:20 am

    how dare you change my browsers settings without permission? I did not ask for DNS loader ads. The most awful app I have ever encountered. Waste a couple of hours trying to delete it. In the end, i lost patience I installed SpyHunter. Thankfully, it did help.

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