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DNS Unlocker Ads 2016 Removal Update

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DNS Unlocker is a very intrusive and aggressive adware program. It continues to spread and generate advertisements to this day. One of the main distribution methods is with bundled applications. The unwanted program claims to unlock geographically restricted websites while providing a faster and better experience for you. That is not true.

Your computer may experience slow-downs. Your DNS settings will be changed among others. When surfing the Internet, you will see lots of advertising content, which may be targeted. To remove DNS Unlocker and all advertising from your browsers, you should read the article to its end.

Threat Summary

NameDNS Unlocker
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionDNS Unlocker states to help users unlock geo-restricted sites and provide a better and faster experience. However, it is filled with advertisements and considered an adware and unwanted application.
SymptomsYour DNS settings get mixed up. You might see your search engine changed or in a different language. Lots of advertisements associated with DNS Unlocker can show up when browsing.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundle Packages
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DNS Unlocker – Chronological Background

In the autumn of 2014, the DNS Unlocker software made its first appearance. When it emerged and gained some popularity, people were questioning if the aggressive adverts spammed by the program are dangerous. They called it “Netflix DNS Unlocker”. Maybe they thought it was associated with Netflix or they just saw the logo on the dnsunlocker(.)com website. As Netflix and other services had their websites region locked, the DNS Unlocker tool seemed tempting for many people.

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Soon afterward the realization of how bad the program was, arrived. Advertisements and spam were being generated like crazy, and people could not remove the software with a simple uninstallation. Forums were filled with discussions on how to remove the unwanted app and restore a computer’s settings back to normal. In 2015, the direct download button on the dnsunlocker(.)com site was removed, and later in the year, its Privacy Policy was amended. Geographically restricted sites opened up and became available in more countries.

DNS Unlocker – Distribution Methods

DNS Unlocker can be distributed alongside third-party installational setups. This adware is very intrusive and can penetrate your computer’s defenses in different ways. A bundled package or some freeware installer might be the cause for the presence of the adware on your computer system. Installations like that can add extra components for installation, by default, and you to be unaware of it. Preventing that from occurring can be done if you find some Advanced or Custom settings inside the setup, to be able to deselect components.

DNS Unlocker can be distributed with the help of websites websites of unknown origin, especially if they host redirect links. Clicking on various advertisements like banners, pop-ups or in-text ads is another way for the unwanted application to enter your computer. Other methods for the distribution of the adware may exist as well. The most common browsers that could be affected are: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.

DNS Unlocker – Detailed Description

DNS Unlocker is an old, but still active platform. The software is no longer offered directly through its official domain. However, it keeps finding new users to compromise their computer devices. Being as intrusive and aggressive as before this adware program continues to thrive. In the picture below you can see one of the associated executable processes, which can hog system resources:

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DNS Unlocker had many iterations as the last DNS Unlocker version was 1.4.

Process executables related to DNS Unlocker have versions and the names of American towns and municipalities associated with them:

On the picture below you see the the DNS Unlocker services page on its site:

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The services displayed on the above page are now accessible from most countries, where CBS and the BBC iPlayer are ones which are definitely region restricted. So, even when the appeal of the unwanted software is diminishing, its files continue to spread in the Web space. Be wary about what you click on and download, because you might get yourself a nightmare of adware.

Ads from the unwanted program can be recognized immediately if they have one of these texts:

  • Ads by DNS Unlocker
  • Advert from DNS Unlocker
  • Powered by DNS Unlocker
  • Advertisement by DNS Unlocker
  • Ad by DNS Unlocker
  • Brought to you by DNS Unlocker

You can land on many different web pages from redirects connected to the notorious DNS Unlocker. The advertising content related to DNS Unlocker can be viewed anywhere on the Internet in the form of pop-ups, in-text links, pop-unders, banners, interstitial, transitional ads or others.

DNS Unlocker – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of DNS Unlocker has not been updated since May, 2015. A little ambiguous in the way it is written, the policy makes it clear that the website, services, and applications tied to DNS Unlocker collect information. Furthermore, the information is shared with third parties in some circumstances.

A screenshot of the Privacy Policy can be seen right here:

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Advertisements can show up in your browsers at any time.

Read the excerpt from the Policy where it explicitly says that adverts will be delivered to you:

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 (whether via our Services, or services of other third parties).

Information which is gathered by DNS Unlocker, according to its Privacy Policy:

  • Your geographical location
  • Your software and hardware specifications
  • Your browser type
  • Your browser version
  • Your operating system
  • Version of the operating system
  • Your language preferences

In the Policy, it is written, that any information is kept indefinitely unless a user contacts the DNS support team at their email and requests for that information to be removed.

DNS Unlocker claims that only anonymous information is collected, but that is not true, due to it has access to DNS settings. From there, your IP address can be sent to its servers and identify you. Not to mention that your physical address is also collected and knowing your location might be enough to track you. All of that information is provided to various third parties, which are not stated in the Policy and remain unknown. If you do not want your privacy being intruded and used in such a way, you should consider removing DNS Unlocker.

Remove DNS Unlocker Completely from Your PC

DNS Unlocker is very aggressive and simply deleting some of its files may not work to remove it for good. If you want to try, you can remove it from your computer manually by following the step-by-step removal guide provided below. In case the manual removal method does not get rid of DNS Unlocker and all of its files completely, then you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. A tool like that can also keep your computer more secure in the future.

Manually delete DNS Unlocker from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the DNS Unlocker threat: Manual removal of DNS Unlocker 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.

1. Remove or Uninstall DNS Unlocker in Windows
2. Remove DNS Unlocker from Your Browser
3. Fix registry entries created by DNS Unlocker on your PC

Automatically remove DNS Unlocker by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove DNS Unlocker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to DNS Unlocker in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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