What is DNS Malware? How to check and fix it on Windows 10

DNS is a system which helps you resolve the domain name to IP address. If this system gets corrupted, then you can be directed anywhere on the internet. No matter what website address you type, you can be taken to a website which might look like it. It can result in fraud, malware download and password theft. It happens because a program in your computer is changing the DNS address. It is called DNS Malware. In this post, we will share how you can check if your computer is infected with DNS malware, and how you can fix it.

I wrote about this a couple of years ago where I mentioned:

A couple of years ago few Cyber Criminals were arrested because they did something on the Internet because of which many users were being sent to fraud sites instead of original sites and they never knew about it. They called it Operation Ghost Click. Fast forward in 2012, it has been declared that many users might not be able to surf internet because whatever they changed is being fixed.

What is DNS Malware in simple English?

Under Operation Ghost Click, those cybercriminals changed something called DNS, which on every computer is responsible for finding a website, after you type the address on the browser’s address bar.

This is like asking a guy on the road about the address of the hotel. If he is a good guy, he will tell you the correct address, but if he is a bad guy, he can get you in trouble. DNS Malware is the bad guy.

How to fix DNS Malware infection from your computer?

Check if your computer is infected. You can do this by running any popular antivirus on your computer. You can double-check visit this website. If it goes red, means there is something on your computer which is changing the DNS entries. Here is the list of free tools which you can use to remove it

Hitman Pro (32bit and 64bit versions) http://www.surfright.nl/en/products/
Kaspersky Labs TDSSKiller http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363
McAfee Stinger http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx
Windows Security http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline
Microsoft Safety Scanner http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx
Norton Power Eraser http://security.symantec.com/nbrt/npe.aspx
Trend Micro Housecall http://housecall.trendmicro.com
MacScan http://macscan.securemac.com/
Avira http://www.avira.com/en/support-for-home-knowledgebase-detail/kbid/1199 Avira’s DNS Repair-Tool

How to change DNS?

If you are connected over a Router or Modem, You will need to change it on its admin page. Since this depends on what kind of router or modem you have, the best is to call the technical person or somebody around you, who can help.

If you have configured DNS on your Computer Manually, you may change in your Network Settings, and change the entries in  TCP/IP Properties. You can also use tools like DNS Jumper, DNS Exchanger to change DNS.

More on DNS Malware fixes here.


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

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