|Name||DNS Keeper Version 1.4|
|Short Description||The application is ad-supported and generates advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Third party ads and links will be generated, and tracking technologies may be applied.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DNS Keeper Version 1.4|
A new version of the adware, called DNS Keeper has surfaced, affected users report. DNS Keeper is an ad-supported application that may slow down user PC and display annoying pop-ups and various advertisements. The potentially unwanted program (PUP) is believed to appear mostly on shopping websites as pop-ups suggesting related products to what the user is browsing. More to it, security experts strongly advise for its removal due to its relations to third-party websites.
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DNS-Keeper Version 1.4 – How Did I Get It?
There are many ways to install unwanted applications on your computer. You can let them slip by if you click on advertisements, believing these are useful apps that will help your browsing experience. The most efficient method of getting such apps however, is called bundling. Most apps that are being bundled are reputable programs that many users tend to download from software providing websites. Some of those websites make a profit by inserting suspicious applications like DNS keeper that resemble a useful ‘extra’. And given that most users tend to fast-click their way through the installation process, such apps often slip by under their noses.
More about DNS-Keeper Version 1.4
Similar to other unwanted programs, DNS-Keeper 1.4 is viewed to administer ad-supported content in the form of pop-ups during browsing, all of which lead to third-party sites. Also, what differs it from other ad displaying apps is that it could modify site content, such as highlighting text, for example. Highlighted text can display pop-up advertisement once the mouse has been dragged over it. This is a very efficient advertising scheme since the user may believe that the ads are displayed genuinely from the website they are browsing in. While at the same time there is a possibility that such advertisements may lead to third-party sites that may either scam the user out of money or out of information. Some sites even contain malware that infects user PCs and makes them completely defenseless.
What’s more, the advertisements are targeted via different technologies, such as cookies, beacons, pixels, flash cookies or LSOs and other. This means that for example you may be looking for the latest smartphone case with strong phone protection extras. The technologies administer that and begin to display pop-ups with third-party shopping sites for rugged smartphone cases on a very low price. Imagine you click on that ad and you buy the product, but it never arrives? This is just one of the scams, and cybercriminals employ to obtain users’ funds. Other widely used methods may include:
- Infecting the user PC with malware.
- Obtaining user information via fake surveys, promising a reward of some sort.
- False registration forms that include free product trials if you enter your financial information.
- Other fraudulent practices that may include subscribing the user to expensive and automated SMS services.
- Fake tech support websites that may charge the user a lot of funds for a useless phone call.
The app may also slow down user PCs, and some believe it modifies certain settings in the OS, that allow it to run background processes that make it active all time. Experts recommend checking your Task Manager in Windows for any .exe processes, related to this app since they may make it impossible to uninstall if active.
How to Remove DNS-Keeper Version 1.4?
One way to get rid of the annoyware is by using the instructions for removal below to manually uninstall it. But bear in mind that after manual uninstall, such applications may leave behind tracking objects and modified registry keys and values in the Windows Registry Editor (regedit). This is why you should employ an anti-malware program to detect any files of potential harm to your computer and remove this threat entirely.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DNS Keeper Version 1.4 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 DNS Keeper Version 1.4.
Step 2: Remove DNS Keeper Version 1.4 from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select DNS Keeper Version 1.4 and click “Remove”
After DNS Keeper Version 1.4 is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select DNS Keeper Version 1.4 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 DNS Keeper Version 1.4 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 DNS Keeper Version 1.4
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DNS Keeper Version 1.4. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DNS Keeper Version 1.4 will be removed.
Step 3: Remove DNS Keeper Version 1.4 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 Keeper Version 1.4 associated objects.