|Name||DNS Locker Ads|
|Short Description||Presents itself as a useful application but is heavily ad-supported.|
|Symptoms||The user may experience a lot of online advertisements in the form of banners, pop-ups, ad-supported search results and others.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or unsafe browsing.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By DNS Locker Ads|
In case you have seen similar message to one of the following:
→”Ads by DNS-Locker; Brought by DNS-Locker; Powered by DNS-Locker; by DNS-Locker; DNS-Locker Ad; Ad by DNS-Locker;”
there is a decent chance you may have DNS Locker Ads installed on your machine. DNS Locker Ads is classified as a potentially unwanted application which is advertised as a useful tool to assist users with online browsing experience. However, similar to DNS Unlocker, DNS Keeper, DNS Adlocker and other adware PUPs, the application may do more harm than good since it is indirectly dangerous to users.
DNS Locker Ads – How Did I Get It?
The most likely reasons for you getting PUPs like DNS Locker is by clicking on an online ad, being redirected to one or by installing a bundling download. Most third-party freeware providing websites use bundling as a marketing strategy to generate profits. There are these sites however that bundled ad-supported applications and this is completely legitimate. The downside is that most legitimate third-party apps like DNS Locker are considered to be low-level type of cyber threats. This is why it is advisable only to use the official site of a program you are trying to download online. If there is not any official site, make sure you use trusted sites that will not deceive you with ‘free extras’ you might not need.
DNS Locker – What Does It Do?
Once on the computer, the program may situate files in these folders:
→”%AppData%; %Local%;%Program Files%;%Temp%;”
More to it than that, it is also reported that some registry keys and values may either be created or modified in:
→”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE; HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT; HKEY_CURRENT_USER”
The application may also collect different user information, mainly related to browsing history, clicks, searchers, etc. This is done with the purpose of implementing the so-called ‘behavioural advertising’ strategy. It means that it may assist ad-supported apps, such as DNS Locker may be to display targeted advertisements. Those ads may result in slowing down of your PC and more to it, if you are running a low-end rig, some of your apps may become not responding.
The reason DNS Locker is outlined by some to be a low-level threat is the location of the third-party sites the app so vigorously advertises. Most of the ads may lead the user to third-party websites. And most of the users know that suspicious third-party sites may be very dangerous to the user in several different ways:
- They may be scamming sites that use different schemes to rope users into paying them money or steal the money via obtaining their financial information.
- They may be malicious sites that employ different malware on the computer (Spyware Trojans, Downloaded Trojans, Rootkits, viruses, adware, Trojan.Clickers, Ransomware, Worms , etc.)
This is why experts always advise users to employ protection software and always keep up to date with the latest information about spreading viruses and other types of attacks. This is mainly because cyber-attacks are constantly changing and developing in order to remain effective.
Removing DNS Locker Ads from Your PC
In order to remove DNS Locker from your machine, you should act swiftly and follow the removal instructions below. Also it is highly advisable to download and install an advanced anti-malware program and combine it with compatible antivirus software. It is also recommended to have an external firewall and process monitor since they will further assist you in controlling your machine against unwanted programs.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall DNS Locker Ads 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 Locker Ads.
Step 2: Remove DNS Locker Ads from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select DNS Locker Ads and click “Remove”
After DNS Locker Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select DNS Locker Ads 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 Locker Ads 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 Locker Ads
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall DNS Locker Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the DNS Locker Ads will be removed.
Step 3: Remove DNS Locker Ads 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 Locker Ads associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove DNS Locker Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of DNS Locker Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove DNS Locker Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase DNS Locker Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall DNS Locker Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove DNS Locker Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate DNS Locker Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove DNS Locker Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DNS Locker Ads
Step 2: Uninstall DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of DNS Locker Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads 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 DNS Locker Ads will be removed.
Eliminate DNS Locker Ads 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.