How I Removed Ads by DNS Unlocker – Complete Guide

Last Updated On : Monday, February 29, 2016
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Ads by DNS Unlocker which is also known as DNS Unlocker Ads, is one of the recent malware which attacks the browsers easily and showing ads anonymously. Many users are getting irritated of this ad. When search on the web to sort out this issue, you can see many blog post floating with the subject on steps to remove Ads by DNS Unlocker, but most of them are asking as to pay for some software to remove the virus from our browsers/computers. In this blog post, I’m going to share my personal experience on how I Completely Recovered my browsers from DNS Unlocker without paying to anybody. Hope this will help many users like me.

DNS Unlocker Ads By DNS Unlocker:

DNS Unlocker will inject pop-up ads, banners and in-text ads within your web browser. This will be installed along with some untrusted software and this will be installed as a PC program or sometimes as a plugin in your browser. If you’re affected by DNS Unlocker, then your browsers start showing the Ads continuously on all web pages. The ads will cover almost 75% of the web page and it irritates the users a lot. The ads will be similar to the below screenshots.

Steps to Remove DNS Unlocker Completely:
1. Check for DNS Unlocker Program:

Once your PC is affected with Ads by DNS Unlocker. The first and foremost step is to check your programs whether any programs installed.

If installed, just uninstall the program from Control panel. Sometimes the program will be available with a name as it is Ads by DNS Unlocker or DNS Unlocker. In some cases, it will not be available with the proper name. So kindly uninstall the programs which are unknown from your PC.

2. Check for Browser Extension/Apps:

The next step is check for any unknown extension is installed in our browser or not. If you find any extension that you haven’t installed, then delete it from the browser.

3. Delete the Cache, Browsing History:

Once you are done with the above steps, Please open the browsers which are all affected and clear cache, browsing history and other data.
After doing this step, just use the browser for some time and check, if no ads are visible, then you are good and that’s it.

After doing the above two steps, if you still continue to receive the ads, then try the below options as well.

4. Reset Browser:

Reset your affected browser, so that it will restore all the default settings and clear the cache, etc., Resetting option will differ from browser to browser, hence check the option for your browser and do.

5. Check the DNS address:

In some cases, the malware will change your DNS address, so make sure the DNS address was set to automatic.

  1. Go to Control Panel, then navigate to View network status and tasks.
  2. Right-Click on the Active Connection.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 and then click Properties button.
  5. Choose Obtain DNS server address automatically in both places.
  6. Press OK.

Do the same procedure for Internet Protocol Version 6.

  1. Go to Control Panel, then navigate to View network status and tasks.
  2. Click on Local Area Connection.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. Click on Internet Protocol Version 6 and then click Properties button.
  5. Choose Obtain DNS server address automatically in both places.
  6. Press OK.

In my case, even after doing all the above steps, my browsers were still showing the ads. I have googled about that a lot and found some sites suggesting some more additionals tasks which are coming below.

6. Clearing the entries from Registry:

Many websites suggested an extra workaround which involves registry deletion. They have mentioned some of the entries from the previously known cases, but for me, nothing was matching in the registry.

So without knowing the proper entry we can’t touch any random entries from the registry. If anything wrongly deleted or changed then it will affect the PC. Hence, I decided to not touch anything in the registry.

I have done all the workaround listed above, but still my browser showing ads !!!!

“Need to Remove Ads by DNS Unlocker, Without spending any money”.

How I Recovered Browsers Without spending any money:

After few weeks of research on the web, I found a small application called AdwCleaner. It is a free application and its size is less than 2 MB.

Open the application and click the Scan button, it will scan for all items which are affected, the list includes services, folders, DLLs, Shortcuts, Registry entries, FireFox entries, Chrome entries, etc.,

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Once the Scan is completed, it will show the list of files affected. Select the affected files and click Clean button.

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The application will clean all the entries affected and the some of the critical files/folders will be moved to Quarantine folder. Also, a complete log will be available in the AdwCleaner folder which has the complete list of entries cleaned by the application.

The folder will be available in C drive [C:\AdwCleaner].

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After cleaning the files using AdwCleaner, my browsers are completely free from Ads by DNS Unlocker and I don’t find any other issue.

About AdwCleaner:

AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for Adware, PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program), Toolbars, Hijacker (Hijack of the browser’s homepage), etc., The tool is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 in 32 & 64 bit. Download the application here.

Conclusion :

Hope it will help many internet users like me. Please share the guide to your friends, if you find this article is useful. Please keep in mind that, While downloading a file from the internet, we need to make sure that the software is trusted. Also, don’t keep unwanted add-ons/extensions in your browser. Post your doubts and experience about DNS Unlocker Ads in comments.