Infection date and initial symptoms
1/1/2016 unwanted pop up ads generated by DNS Unlocker
Current issues and symptoms
keylogging, unwanted targeting ads
Steps taken in order to remove the infection
- Removed from programs list
- Removed extensions from Chrome
- Ran Avira Antivirus
- Ran Malwarebytes x2
- After restart, there is no internet connection (connected through LAN), even though it is working on other devices
- cmd promt ran as admin "netsh winsock reset" reset computer, still no internet connection
- no internet connection in safe mode

SeraAzzo

New Member
Recently noticed pop ups frequently coming up even though I use AdBlocker. They said that they were from "DNS Unlocker". I realised this was likely malware and ran Malwarebytes to try to get rid of it along with Avira Antivirus. I had a approximately 60 hits in total and told the programs to quarantine them.
Once I reset my computer my internet connection no longer worked, I can't work out why :(
 

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TwinHeadedEagle

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Hello,



They call me TwinHeadedEagle around here, and I'll be working with you.



Before we start please read and note the following:
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  • Please do not run any tools other than the ones I ask you to, when I ask you to. Some of these tools can be very dangerous if used improperly. Also, if you use a tool that I have not requested you use, it can cause false positives, thereby delaying the complete cleaning of your machine.
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That being told, if any evidence of illegal OS, software, cracks/keygens or any other will be revealed, any further assistance will be suspended. If you are aware that there is this kind of stuff on your machine, remove it before proceeding!
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Failure to follow these guidelines will result with closing your topic and withdrawning any assistance.



Fix with Farbar Recovery Scan Tool

This fix was created for this user for use on that particular machine.

Running it on another one may cause damage and render the system unstable.

Download attached fixlist.txt file and save it to the Desktop:

Both files, FRST and fixlist.txt have to be in the same location or the fix will not work!

  • Right-click on
    icon and select
    Run as Administrator to start the tool.
    (XP users click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).
  • Press the Fix button just once and wait.
  • If for some reason the tool needs a restart, please make sure you let the system restart normally. After that let the tool complete its run.
  • When finished FRST will generate a log on the Desktop, called Fixlog.txt.

Please attach it to your reply.
 

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SeraAzzo

New Member
Hi, thank you for responding.
So I ran the program and it crashed mid way (screenshot), I left it for a few minutes and then forced it to close.
It had generated the "Fixlog" by that point.
I reset the computer and ran the program again with the fixlist and it ran all the way and asked me to reset.
When I reset this was the Fixlog that it had left on my desktop.

I am able to connect to the internet again and I haven't had any unwanted ads so far.
Thank you.
 

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TwinHeadedEagle

Removal Expert
Staff member
Verified
Since there are no more problems, we can declare this PC clean


Now, we can proceed with post-cleanup procedures. Let's remove my tools and create a new, non infected restore point concurrently deleting old ones.


Step 1. - Creation of system restore point and tools removal.


Download DelFix by Xplode and save it to your desktop.
  • Run the tool by right click on the
    icon and Run as administrator option.
  • Make sure that these ones are checked:
    • Remove disinfection tools
    • Purge system restore
    • Reset system settings
  • Push Run and wait until the tool completes his work.
  • All tools we used should be gone. Tool will create an report for you (C:\DelFix.txt). I don't need it for review.
Tool deletes old system restore points and creates a fresh system restore point after cleaning.


Step 2. - Tips and tricks to keep your computer clean, safe and in a good shape.


Security tips - highly recommended reading:

Maintenance tips:

Additional software that I personally use and install on all my clients devices:

  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (paid version highly recommended) - to scan your system from time to time in search for malware.
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Exploit - to prevent plenty of mostly exploited vulnerabilities.
  • McShield - to prevent infections spread by removable media.
  • Unchecky - to prevent from installing additional foistware, implemented in legitimate installations.
  • Adblock - to surf the web without annoying ads!
  • Qualys BrowserCheck - cloud service that scans your browsers and plugins to see if they’re all up-to-date.


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