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DNS Unlocker removal in 7 steps (2020 update)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as DNS Unlocker ads | Type: Adware

DNS Unlocker – the program that spreads around silently and can be detected as Adware.DNSUnlocker

DNS Unlocker

DNS Unlocker is a potentially unwanted application that claims to give access to various geo-restricted websites and allows users to connect to such streaming services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and similar. To do that, the program modifies DNS and browser settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc. The app is compatible with various platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android operating systems), so there are numerous users who find it useful.

Unfortunately, DNS Unlocker is nothing but adware-type intruder in disguise, as users who got tricked into installing it can soon notice an excessive amount of ads and redirects plaguing their web browsers. Additionally, several security applications have been recognizing it as adware.dnsunlocker and marked it as potentially dangerous. 

Questions about DNS Unlocker adware

Adware.DNSUnlocker virus detection indicates that the machine is affected and the alert, pop-up with a heuristic result should encourage the person who received this to remove the intruder as soon as possible. You need a proper system tool since these PUPs are aiming to promote installations of additional questionable content like utilities, tools, applications, other products. Proper anti-malware tools can help you delete the intruder with all associated apps because the full system scan can check for anything even possibly harmful.

Summary
Name DNS Unlocker, DNS-Unlocker
Detection Adware.DNSUnlocker
Type Ad-supported software
Affected OS Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android
Affected web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Microsoft Edge
Distribution Bundling and the official download website, deceptive pages, other misleading commercial content, and online domains that promote the program as a useful addition to your system
Symptoms of the infection An increased amount of pop-ups, banners, and other types of online ads
DNS unlocker removal tool To remove DNS Unlocker, install anti-malware tool and run a full system scan

DNS Unlocker can be downloaded on its official website. However, that is not the way this application is usually installed onto users' computers, as software bundling is widely used to distribute it. This deceptive marketing campaign allows freeware authors to include PUPs inside their installers and hide them beneath Advanced installation mode, which most people choose not to select to deal with the process faster.

This way, DNS Unlocker ends up installed with PDF creators, system optimization tools, media players, free games, and similar software. Users can easily avoid such consequences if they would not pick the Recommended or Quick installation mode.

Without knowing that the installation of the unwanted program has been completed, users can start seeing pop-ups, deals, pop-unders, banners, coupons, deals, and similar sponsored content that is labeled as “RocketTab powered by DNS Unlocker” or similar:

  • “Powered by DNS Unlocker“,
  • “Brought to you by DNS Unlocker“,
  • “RocketTab powered by DNS Unlocker“,
  • “Ads by DNS Unlocker”,
  • “Ads powered by DNS Unlocker“.

DNS unlocker removes geo-restrictionsDNS unlocker promises users to bypass geo-restrictions and allow them access such services as Netflix

Those who look for a way to bypass geo-restrictions on the internet might end up on the official website of DNS Unlocker. Here, developers of the program point out the benefits of this software. In some locations around the world, services like Netflix, Spotify, CBC, HBO, Crackle, ESPN, BBC iPlayer, and iTV are not available, and users would gladly install an app that would help them view these video streaming sites. Additionally, the list of services is promised to increase in the future. Undoubtedly, its functionality might seem useful for those who are living in other regions outside of the U.S.

Unlike VPN or traditional Proxy services, our DNS allows us to only proxy the portion of data which validate the Geographic location of our users. This data is very small, which mean that in most of the cases the streaming and the main part of the web browsing doesn't go through our servers. 

However, security experts from Viruset.no[1] claim that it is not the best tool to obtain. It belongs to the group of ad-supported applications, such as RocketTab, DNSChanger, and other ones that bothers computer users for years.[2] That is why users start looking for quick DNS Unlocker removal methods.

DNS Unlocker websiteDNS unlocker example

When users find this program installed without their consent, they often refer to it as the DNS Unlocker virus. However, it's not an accurate term to describe it. As we have mentioned before, it's a potentially unwanted program, so it cannot harm the system or cause other direct damage. Though, it can perform these concerning activities:

  • hijacking Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Microsoft Edge browsers;
  • delivering aggressive pop-ups, in-text ads, banners, and other types of online ads;
  • promoting technical support scams;
  • distributing PC repair and clean-up software;
  • tracking various personal information about users.

The main purpose of the DNS Unlocker is to hijack web browsers on the computer and launch marketing campaigns to generate advertising revenue. Data tracking activities help to deliver appealing ads. However, you should stay away from them because they might be misleading and redirect to predetermined websites which, unfortunately, can be unsafe.  DNS Unlocker advertisementsThese ads you can be when infected with DNS Unlocker

Additionally, the privacy policy of DNS Unlocker reveals some alarming information when it comes to collected data sharing:

Anonymous information may be shared with other third parties (including retailers, ad networks, advertising companies, service providers, media and other interested parties) in any of the above circumstances, as well as for the purpose of developing or delivering advertising

Although anonymous information can not identify you personally, everything about your hobbies, preferences in shopping and your general habits are shared with multiple unknown third-parties. Therefore, you should think twice before enabling DNS Unlocker,

In order to protect your computer and privacy, you have to remove DNS Unlocker. Manual PUP removal is rather complicated because some variants of adware are designed to hide malicious components deeply in the system. Thus, it can easily reinstall itself if you leave some entries.

For this reason, we recommend opting for automatic DNS Unlocker removal which requires scanning the system with trustworthy anti-spyware because tools need to check various places on the system to find the intruder and fully clear all the associated files. However, if you use another tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that is designed to locate files affected or corrupted by the threat, you can repair the damage and get back to normal working machine quicker.

DNS Unlocker virusDNS Unlocker adware online ads ('Ads by DNSUnlocker' or 'Ads by DNS-Unlocker')

Redirects to tech support scam websites appear soon after the installation of DNSUnlocker

This shady program has been used for the digital ad fraud [3] causing “support scam ads” or “technical support scam popups.” Usually, such ads are caused for scaring PC users into thinking that their computers are in danger and that they need to update one of their programs. Typically, this update is offered for free for trying to collect as many clicks as possible.

Tech support scams can also include a telephone number urging people to use it for reaching “advanced Microsoft experts.” After falling for one of such DNS Unlocker ads, you can either infect your computer with malware or connect to scammers who are willing to make you pay for “malware removal services”. Such fee varies from $100 to $500. Besides, most of such calls are paid, so you can be terrified after receiving your next telephone bill. 

DNS Unlocker promotes fake PC Clean-up and Repair Tool 

The picture given below illustrates one of the ads by DNS Unlocker. As you can see, now this malware tries to convince the victim that his/her computer is full of Windows errors that are capable of affecting its performance. Before you fall for such a “highly recommended” notification, make sure you double-check the Internet for the Windows PC Clean-up and Repair Tool. There are no mentions about this program.

DNS Unlocker adsAnother Ad example for Ads by DNSUnlocker

It seems that scammers who are working behind “powered by DNSUnlocker” ads are trying to mislead PC users into thinking that the software they promote is this Free Windows Cleanup Tool. Don't be so naive! If you really need this tool, go to its official website and download it.

You should never click on questionable ads having spelling and/or grammar mistakes that interrupt you while browsing the Internet. Besides, think twice before installing optimization software on your computer because security experts have serious doubts about their effectiveness[4]. After testing the fake ad and installing the software by clicking “yes” button, we found that DNS Unlocker promotes an app that belongs to malware or rogue anti-spyware category. 

The program was available to download on the official app stores

At the end of 2016, security experts detected a version of this adware which is compatible with new operating systems. This time, DNS Unlocker ads can be seen on iPhones, Mac computers, and Android devices. The principle of the infiltration process stays the same – the PUP infiltrates the device via other software.

However, it is not the third-party software but malicious apps that can be found in Apple's App Store and Google Play Store. As the number of the infected apps found in these stores continues growing[5], the risk of getting infected with this adware increases.

When infected, your device starts interrupting you with fake ads during each of your search sessions. We highly recommend ignoring these Adware.DNSUnlocker messages because they can infect your device with serious malware posing the risk to your personal information. 

DNS Unlocker Android versionDNS Unlocker Ad example on Android system

The list of Adware.DNSUnlocker versions

DNS Unlocker Version 1.3: This type of DNS Unlocker is just the same as its ancestor. It claims to be able to allow connection to a diverse DNS server, what, as a consequence, should provide people with the access to blocked domains. However, just like its mother version, it is an ad-supported application, which actively seeks to generate income from advertising in the first place.

Besides, it can track its victims and collect personal data. Typically, this program enters PCs via software packages as an optional component. After doing so, it starts displaying sponsored pop-ups, causes browser's redirects. It can also install cookies, collect/share data, misuse PC's resources, corrupt browser's settings, block attempts to remove it and other unsaid activities.

DNS Unlocker Version 1.4: another update of the virus emerged at the end of 2015. Despite some updates regarding technical side, the principle of this app is just the same – to hijack web browsers and show sponsored advertisements. It is programmed in a way to generate web traffic to sponsored websites and increase the rank of third-party domains.

Not to mention, it is also set to collect personally non-identifiable information without requiring the permission and can negatively affect web browser's performance.

DNSMystic virus. DNSMystic adware executes and installs dnsmystic.exe file, and assigns itself to Windows Startup programs' list. The program runs automatically each time the victim boots the computer and initiates its shady activities silently.

First of all, the program watches what web pages the victim visits, what ads attract the user to click on them, and what search queries the victim makes. Based on collected data, DNSMystic extracts main keywords and according to them selects targeted ads from third-party networks. These ads are typically displayed via main Internet browsers via pop-up, pop-under, hover-over text ads, banners, and so on. These ads typically contain links to shady third-party sites that can expose user's computer to various cyber risks. 

As you can see, the adware hides under different names and sometimes it causes ads that can easily trick you into thinking that you are dealing with another PUP. If you have been suffering from commercial notifications labeled as “Powered by DNS”, “brought to you by DNSUnlocker”, “powered by DNS Unlocker”, and similar ones, you are dealing with the same virus. In this case, you should follow a step-by-step guide given below and fix your computer. Beware that this threat is considered the aggressive one, so our team recommends opting for an automatic removal option. 

Distribution of the ad-supported program usually relies on software bundling technique

Distribution of the adware relies on a deceptive software marketing method called bundling. Such software bundles are usually promoted on download.com, soft32.com, softonoc.com, cnet.com, and similar download sites. To detect DNS Unlocker adware attachment during freeware's installation, it's a must to pay close attention to each of the installation steps because this tool tends to be disclosed in a very misleading manner.

Be careful because software bundles usually consist of more than two programs, so it's very likely that the program is accompanied by other PUPs, for instance, Linkey virus, CinemaPlusPro adware, CrossBrowser, Iminent Toolbar, and other adware and browser hijacker hybrids. If you want to prevent installing such and similar software packages, you should better start installing free programs more carefully.

Always remember to opt for an Advanced or Custom installation option, which is expanded in comparison with Quick or Basic. This way, you will get the ability to see and deselect each of the optional downloads. For that, you should go through the entire installation process step-by-step and unmark ticks that have already been pre-checked for you.

The first DNS Unlocker removal step is fixing DNS settings 

This adware can mess up your computer's DNS settings [6]. Thus, to remove DNS Unlocker completely, you have to perform removal steps that are given at the end of this post AND restore DNS settings on your computer. For that, you should follow this guide:

  1. Open Control Panel on your computer and go to Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center -> Change Adapter Settings. You should see your active Internet connection.
  2. Right-click it, select Properties, and find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Check it and click on Properties again.
  3. When in Properties window, make sure that Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected! As we have already warned you, DNS Unlocker malware can try to change these settings to prevent its removal!
  4. Select OK to save changes.

Adware-related files might be hidden in the system: learn how to find and delete them all

It is known that this adware-type application has already been updated for several times. According to the latest news, it hides its files on your computer hoping that they will remain unnoticed. If you have already used an updated anti-spyware to scan your computer for malicious files or followed our manual removal guide and failed with its elimination, follow these steps after that:

  1. Open Control Panel and go to Appearance and Personalization -> Folder Options
  2. Go to View tab and select Show hidden files, folders and drives and uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. Click Apply to save these changes.
  3. Now click Windows Key and R at the same time to launch Run and enter %temp%. After hitting Enter button, you should find yourself in a new directory.
  4. Select each of temporary files that can be seen here and delete them.

You should also check your Program Files and Program Data Folders for suspicious files that could belong to DNS Unlocker virus. Make sure that you inspect both of your drives, C: and D:. Finally, if ads do not stop showing up on your web browser, you should go to “Appdata” folder and delete your profile for this web browser.

Use Windows Registry Editor for complete DNS Unlocker removal

If previous methods did not help to delete DNS Unlocker, you should kill adware's processes and delete its entries with the help of Registry Editor. For that, follow these steps:

  1. Press ctrl + shift + esc at the same time and go to Processes Tab.
  2. Here, find all processes that could be related to DNS Unlocker, such as Iminent-related entries, Linkey, CrossBrowser, CinemaPlus-related processes, and DNS Unlocker itself. Right-click on each of them and choose Open File Location.
  3. Open the folder and end the malicious processes one by one. You should also remove directories you opened.

For eliminating the program with Registry Editor, do as it is said below:

  1. In the windows search field, type in Regedit, and hit Enter.
  2. To find DNS Unlocker-related entries, click Ctrl and F at the same time. You should also search for “Iminent“, “Linkey“, “CrossBrowse“, and “CinemaPlus“. Right-click on the malicious entries and remove them. If you can't find anything, go to these directories:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Uninstall

Then continue with the removal steps that are given below.

Virus elimination guidance for users is also displayed via video

DNS Unlocker adware is a responsible process to complete if you want to clean your computer system and web browser applications from suspicious content entirely. However, achieving such a goal might not be that easy for less-experienced users. In spite of this fact, we have created a video clip that includes all adware elimination steps. Check it below:

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To remove DNS Unlocker adware, follow these steps:

Remove DNS Unlocker from Windows systems

Recently, it has been found that this adware virus spreads together with a bunch of malicious components that have already been mentioned on 2-spyware.com some time ago. To complete DNS Unlocker removal on your computer, you should also find all CinemaPlus-related entries (for example, CinemaPlus-3.2c, CinemaPlus-3.3c, CinemaPlusPro, Cinema-Plus, etc.), CrossBrowser, Iminent virus-related entries (start.iminent.com, iminentsearch.com virus, Iminent Toolbar) and Linkey

To remove DNS Unlocker from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to DNS Unlocker (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate DNS Unlocker from Mac OS X system

To remove DNS Unlocker virus and prevent its reappearance in the future, you need to find every little element that comes together with it. We recommend eliminating Iminent virus (its versions include start.iminent.com, iminentsearch.com virus, Iminent Toolbar), CinemaPlus-related entries (such as, CinemaPlus-3.2c, CinemaPlus-3.3c, CinemaPlusPro, Cinema-Plus, etc.), LinkeyCrossBrowser.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove DNS Unlocker from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for DNS Unlocker-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove DNS Unlocker, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to DNS Unlocker and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the DNS Unlocker-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of DNS Unlocker from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DNS Unlocker and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DNS Unlocker removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall DNS Unlocker adware from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the DNS Unlocker-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase DNS Unlocker from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to DNS Unlocker and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case DNS Unlocker did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete DNS Unlocker removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete DNS Unlocker from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to DNS Unlocker by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the DNS Unlocker-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete DNS Unlocker removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove DNS Unlocker from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to DNS Unlocker and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Dillan88 says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Hi! Yesterday Ive started receiving “Ads by DNS Unlocker.” I havent downloaded any freeware, so as I understand I couldnt accept a software pack. Is it possible that this so-called-adware is, in fact, a virus?

  2. Helena says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 8:42 am

    This app is sneaky and it can reveal its existence only after some time. I mean, it can just sit on your system and pretend that it does not exist 🙂 So do not be surprised that you havent installed any freeware recently – it is not necessarily a reason for DNS Unlocker to show up immediately.

  3. EliotMar. says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    The same situation with my computer. I didnt install any freebie and certainly didnt install DNS Unlocker by myself. Is the anyone could explain that?

  4. MilaMoo1232121 says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Hi guys, DNS Unlocker can hide in a computer for some time. My boyfriend has some experience with such and similar adware-type programs, so he said that DNS Unlocker or another adware from DNS family can hide in the system and trick people that its not there. Only after a wghile it starts showing ads. Does that make sense to you?

  5. EliotMar. says:
    October 20th, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Yeah, that might be the reason. Ive searched for DNS Unlocker and none of the sites picture it as a virus. Nevertheless, did you guys successfully uninstalled it?

  6. richhomie says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Yeah the instructions worked fine for me. And what about you?

  7. Dillan88 says:
    October 20th, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Ive run SpyHunter. Using the guide provided in 2-spyware website has helped me to remove DNS Unlocker but my web browser has still been running slow and displayed suspicious ads, so Ive decided to check it for other threats. SpyHunte has removed 9 PUPs. Now my PC works as new.

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