We'll take a look at the answers to all these questions below.
First of all: what is DNS Unlocker?
DNS Unlocker is a computer program that has been designed to display adverts by DNS Unlocker on your screen whenever you are connected to the internet. Well that doesn’t sound too bad, you might think but the problem is, adware is a little more than a simple marketing device. It has been created with more than just advertising in mind and, being a computer program – and not a particularly desirable one at that – it can actually create a number of problems for your computer.
What issues does DNS Unlocker adware create?
It can also change your browser and tool bar. It does this so that when you type in keywords or a URL (web address) instead of taking you to the website that you expect to be directed to like your normal browser would, the rogue browser will redirect you to one that the adware's programmer wants you to visit instead. You don't need us to tell you what a huge waste of your time this quickly becomes!
DNS Unlocker is usually packaged with another program that you downloaded and the big problem here is that it might not be the only third party program piggy backing on your installation. Spyware is often known to hang around with adware, so to speak, and you may well find yourself winding up with this nasty malware on your computer too. In fact, adware actually comes with a component which monitors which websites you visit, so that it can tell what you are interested in and then tailor the adverts you see to your tastes. This may sound very similar to spyware, but they difference is that spyware can also install a keylogger on your PC so that it can track which keys you type. It will collect this information and send it back to the spyware's owner who will use it to hack into your operating system or accounts (because they now have your log in details and passwords) or they will sell it on to a third party.
Less lethal, but still annoying, is the fact that the adware's tracking component slows your computer's operating speeds and internet connection right down because it is toiling away and busily sending all that juicy data it has collected about your web browsing habits back to the developer.
The big question is, how then do you protect yourself from DNS Unlocker ads? The best thing you can do is to install a decent anti-malware program the minute you've finished reading this.
How to get rid of DNS Unlocker ads?
To remove this adware from your computer and stop DNS Unlocker ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
DNS Unlocker Ads Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove DNS Unlocker related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- DNS Unlocker
- Active Discount
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove DNS Unlocker related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove DNS Unlocker, Active Discount, MediaPlayerV1, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove DNS Unlocker related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove DNS Unlocker, Active Discount, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove DNS Unlocker related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.