|Short Description||Dnsioweb.net is set as the default homepage, after an associated software is installed onto the PC.|
|Symptoms||The homepage is changed to Dnsioweb.net.|
|Distribution Method||Via silent installers, freeware packages (bundling), or from its official website.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Dnsioweb.net|
According to security research, Dnsioweb.net (DnsIO) is a search engine powered by Yahoo results. However, it may act as a browser hijacker, especially when users haven’t downloaded any software associated with Dnsioweb.net by choice. Interestingly enough, the software in question can be referred as anti-malware since it should:
- Protect computers from infections and threats.
- Increase the user’s security by blocking suspicious websites.
The DnsIO software is free for fownload. The primary executable file is dnsIOBundle.exe.
At first, its installer may appear to be okay, even though it will set the homepage to Dnsioweb.net. However, if you pay close attention, you will notice the following:
NullSoft Install System is an open source installation system created by WinAmp. Even though it may have been created for a certain application, it is currently a general-purpose installer that can be used by anyone. In other words, DnsIO’s installer is a silent one which means that any software can sneak into the user’s system.
How did Dnsioweb.net Hijack My Browser?
Once the software is installed, the user’s default homepage and search engine will be changed to www.dnsioweb.net without his knowledge or permission. Besides being downloaded from the official website, the browser hijacker probably sneaked into the system thanks to a bundled download. This means that DnsIO-associated software may have been included in another freeware installer. By skipping the advanced/ custom installation, the user may have let the hijacker into his system without even suspecting.
As we already mentioned, bundling is the most likely distribution used to spread hijackers across the Web. Here is a list of various types of free software users tend to download:
→Media Players, Video Recorders, Video Streamers, File and MP3 Converters, PDF Creators.
Such products typically downloaded from freeware pages can be defined as third-party software. Third-party software developers often cooperate with shady online advertisers in their attempt to spread their products. In return, advertisers may seek data obtained by users in order to circulate targeted advertisements. To stay guarded against that scheme, just be careful when planning to download free stuff from random download websites.
However, if a silent installer such as InstallShield or PackagefortheWeb, is used, the user may not even know what is being installed alongside the primary application.
Is Dnsioweb.net Dangerous? Should I Remove DnsIO?
Furthermore, the primary piece of software may have brought a troublesome product that may increase the system’s vulnerability to malicious software. When a silent installation has happened, the safest thing to do is scan the system via valid anti-malware software, since there is no way to know what may be running in the background. Refer to the step-by-step guide below to rid the system of any ill-intended software.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Dnsioweb.net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Dnsioweb.net from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Dnsioweb.net from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Dnsioweb.net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Dnsioweb.net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Dnsioweb.net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Dnsioweb.net from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Dnsioweb.net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Dnsioweb.net
Step 2: Uninstall Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Dnsioweb.net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net 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 Dnsioweb.net will be removed.
Eliminate Dnsioweb.net 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.