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DNSridgewood.exe Process Description and Removal

NameDNSridgewood.exe
TypeAdware Process
Short DescriptionRuns in the background of the Windows Task Manager.
SymptomsMay display annoying advertisements on the user PC. May slow PC down.
Distribution MethodIt is primarily distributed via bundled program. It may also be distributed via unsafe browsing, corrupted attachments, drive-by downloads, malicious apps, etc.
Detection toolDownload advanced anti-malware tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DNSridgewood.exe

help-removal-sensorstechforumIn case you have seen a process in your Windows Task Manager going by the name dnsridgewood.exe, bear in mind that it may be due to the fact that you have an adware program on your computer. DNSridgewood is most likely administered by a program, called DNS Keeper. It is an adware PUP (Potentially Unwanted Porgram) and most security researchers advise to remove it straight away, since it may administer ads that slow down user PC, collect user information as well as modify some user settings.

DNSridgewood.exe – How Did I Get It?

One way you could’ve gotten this annoying adware is by browsing the web unsafely and clicking on suspicious advertisements. They may prompt you to download DNS Keeper, advertising it as a helpful tool for your browsing experience from anywhere in the world. However, do not be fooled by this, because the app my do nothing else but administer advertisements.
The most effective way of getting this application is by installing it unknowingly on your computer. This can happen if you download free applications from third-party software-providing websites. Some sites include apps without any consideration of what applications are being bundled. This particular software may be seen in the installers as a ‘free extra’. Most users tend to miss out on such programs during install and this is how DNS Keeper may have gotten in your PC and started dnsridgewood.exe

DNSridgewood.exe – More About It

This particular process may begin to collect different user information upon running on a system. This information may be related to user interests with the purpose of displaying advertisements that are targeted based on those. This technique is called behavioral advertising and it aims to increase the likelihood of users clicking on online ads. More to it than that, even though it has not been confirmed the application may be modifying certain DNS settings to send information to a foreign DNS server about your computer in your Network Connections in Windows.

Similar to other unwanted programs, like DNSUnlocker, DNS Unblocker, DNSAdlocker, this application is considered unsafe however is that it cooperates with third party websites. And those very third-party sites may be the reason for some nasty malware infections caused by drive-by downloads or online scams. Such third-party links and pop-ups most often:

  • Steal user information to sell it to analytics companies.
  • Obtain user credentials like passwords, logs, etc. with the purpose of using them for their own interests via fake registration forms, surveys and other.
  • Download other extensions or PUPs on the user PC that may be ad-supported as well.
  • Slow down user PC.
  • Directly infect the computer with ransomware, trojan horses, viruses, worms, scareware malware, etc.

Cyber criminals have become very aware that the internet is a new opportunity for them to conduct their attacks. However, their biggest challenge remains the method of infection of the user PC with malware or the ‘roping’ of the user to give away his info on their fake sites. This is why they have become even smarter than before with their strategies. Users should always beware of the latest scams and build up a security-oriented browsing behavior.

Removing DNSridgewood.exe

To remove this annoying application, you must first stop it from running in the Windows Task Manager. To do it in Windows, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and choose Task Manager. After that, look for DNSridgewood.exe and stop the process from running by clicking on ‘End Task’. After this, you should make sure you follow the step-by-step removal instructions below carefully in order to most efficiently get rid of this threat.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe.

    Step 2: Remove DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

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

    Step 3: Remove DNSridgewood.exe 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 DNSridgewood.exe associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the DNSridgewood.exe threat: Manual removal of DNSridgewood.exe 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.

    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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