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Remove DNS Locker Ads Completely

Name DNS Locker Ads
Type Adware PUP
Short Description Presents itself as a useful application but is heavily ad-supported.
Symptoms The user may experience a lot of online advertisements in the form of banners, pop-ups, ad-supported search results and others.
Distribution Method Bundling or unsafe browsing.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DNS Locker Ads

In case you have seen similar message to one of the following:

→”Ads by DNS-Locker; Brought by DNS-Locker; Powered by DNS-Locker; by DNS-Locker; DNS-Locker Ad; Ad by DNS-Locker;”

p15_0000there is a decent chance you may have DNS Locker Ads installed on your machine. DNS Locker Ads is classified as a potentially unwanted application which is advertised as a useful tool to assist users with online browsing experience. However, similar to DNS Unlocker, DNS Keeper, DNS Adlocker and other adware PUPs, the application may do more harm than good since it is indirectly dangerous to users.

DNS Locker Ads – How Did I Get It?

The most likely reasons for you getting PUPs like DNS Locker is by clicking on an online ad, being redirected to one or by installing a bundling download. Most third-party freeware providing websites use bundling as a marketing strategy to generate profits. There are these sites however that bundled ad-supported applications and this is completely legitimate. The downside is that most legitimate third-party apps like DNS Locker are considered to be low-level type of cyber threats. This is why it is advisable only to use the official site of a program you are trying to download online. If there is not any official site, make sure you use trusted sites that will not deceive you with ‘free extras’ you might not need.

DNS Locker – What Does It Do?

Once on the computer, the program may situate files in these folders:

→”%AppData%; %Local%;%Program Files%;%Temp%;”

More to it than that, it is also reported that some registry keys and values may either be created or modified in:

→”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE; HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT; HKEY_CURRENT_USER”

The application may also collect different user information, mainly related to browsing history, clicks, searchers, etc. This is done with the purpose of implementing the so-called ‘behavioural advertising’ strategy. It means that it may assist ad-supported apps, such as DNS Locker may be to display targeted advertisements. Those ads may result in slowing down of your PC and more to it, if you are running a low-end rig, some of your apps may become not responding.
The reason DNS Locker is outlined by some to be a low-level threat is the location of the third-party sites the app so vigorously advertises. Most of the ads may lead the user to third-party websites. And most of the users know that suspicious third-party sites may be very dangerous to the user in several different ways:

  • They may be scamming sites that use different schemes to rope users into paying them money or steal the money via obtaining their financial information.
  • They may be malicious sites that employ different malware on the computer (Spyware Trojans, Downloaded Trojans, Rootkits, viruses, adware, Trojan.Clickers, Ransomware, Worms , etc.)

This is why experts always advise users to employ protection software and always keep up to date with the latest information about spreading viruses and other types of attacks. This is mainly because cyber-attacks are constantly changing and developing in order to remain effective.

Removing DNS Locker Ads from Your PC

In order to remove DNS Locker from your machine, you should act swiftly and follow the removal instructions below. Also it is highly advisable to download and install an advanced anti-malware program and combine it with compatible antivirus software. It is also recommended to have an external firewall and process monitor since they will further assist you in controlling your machine against unwanted programs.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DNS Locker Ads in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall DNS Locker Ads.

    Step 2: Remove DNS Locker Ads from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select DNS Locker Ads and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After DNS Locker Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate DNS Locker Ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After DNS Locker Ads is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select DNS Locker Ads to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After DNS Locker Ads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on DNS Locker Ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DNS Locker Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DNS Locker Ads will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove DNS Locker Ads automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all DNS Locker Ads associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the DNS Locker Ads threat: Manual removal of DNS Locker Ads requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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