|Short Description||Runs in the background of the Windows Task Manager.|
|Symptoms||May display annoying advertisements on the user PC. May slow PC down.|
|Distribution Method||It is primarily distributed via bundled program. It may also be distributed via unsafe browsing, corrupted attachments, drive-by downloads, malicious apps, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download advanced anti-malware tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DNSridgewood.exe|
In 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.
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall DNSridgewood.exe.
Step 2: Remove DNSridgewood.exe from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select DNSridgewood.exe and click “Remove”
After DNSridgewood.exe is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
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’.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on DNSridgewood.exe
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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove DNSridgewood.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of DNSridgewood.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove DNSridgewood.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase DNSridgewood.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall DNSridgewood.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove DNSridgewood.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate DNSridgewood.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove DNSridgewood.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DNSridgewood.exe
Step 2: Uninstall DNSridgewood.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DNSridgewood.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by DNSridgewood.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of DNSridgewood.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall DNSridgewood.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove DNSridgewood.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove DNSridgewood.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as DNSridgewood.exe, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove DNSridgewood.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase DNSridgewood.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall DNSridgewood.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove DNSridgewood.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DNSridgewood.exe will be removed.
Eliminate DNSridgewood.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.