An adware program, going by the name DNS Loader is reported to affect user systems and display interruptive advertisements that cause PC slowdowns. Since this PUP(Potentially Unwated Program) may collaborate with third-parties as a part of affiliate schemes and pay-per-click strategies, it is highly important to remove it, experts say. The reason for that is because of the dangers that may be concealed by some third-parties from the user PC such as scams as well as malware and ransomware, like CryptoWall.
|Short Description||The program administers different kind of advertised content on the user PC.|
|Symptoms||The user may experience advertisments leading to third-party websites of different origins.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or online download.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by DNS Loader|
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DNS Loader Ads – How Did I Get It?
One way to let DNS Loader slip into your PC is by installing free software from third-party websites on your computer providing various programs in one place. Many inexperienced users tend to be misled by downloading their favorite programs via other websites instead of their officially provided download mirrors. What is more, users tend to fast-click their way through the installers of the downloaded software and they often miss opting out of programs such as DNS Loader as ‘free extras’ to their current installation. This is why security experts recommend to always check the download sources of the software you want to install, not to use torrents to install software and to always look for and choose ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ installation options while installing.
DNS Loader Ads – More about It
Once activated on your computer, DNS loader may begin to situate various tracking technologies in it, such as cookies, for example. They track information such as user browsing history, online clicks, online searches and other information that may assist the software to display advertisements in various forms. The ads with the DNS Loader label may vary:
- Ad-supported search results.
- Highlighted text.
What is more, DNS Loader displays the so called targeted advertisements and they may lead to both respectable websites as well as other suspicious third-party sites that may pose several risks for the users:
- Infect the user PC with malware (Trojans, Viruses, Worms etc.)
- Scam the users using fake retailer stores that do not send products or dropship them.
- Con the user by using fake tech support websites that aim to install malware on the caller’s system and charge a lot of funds for their services and others.
Security researchers have identified PUPs as one of the most indirect sources of malware infections and they strongly advise users against keeping it on their PCs.
Removing DNS Loader Fully
In order to remove DNS Loader from your PC you should follow the step-by-step instructions below. Also, it is highly recommended to use an advanced anti-malware tool to scan your computer for any potential intrusions in it and remove automatically DNS Loader and any associated files. It will also make sure the user PC is protected against any further intrustions.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DNS Loader 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 Loader.
Step 2: Remove DNS Loader from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select DNS Loader and click “Remove”
After DNS Loader is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select DNS Loader 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 Loader 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 Loader
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DNS Loader. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DNS Loader will be removed.