What is GeoSmartDNS? Computer security researchers has determined that GeoSmartDNS is a PUP from Adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) family. This undesired software usually gets installed alongside free applications, codecs and shareware. Aside from causing redirects, the GeoSmartDNS adware also can display a lot of pop-up advertisements, slow down the PC and continually gather your personal data.
The GeoSmartDNS ad supported software that redirects your web browser to various advertising pages, is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters internet browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the adware can inject advertising banners within the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web browser hijacker that once started, will alter the web browser’s startpage and search provider.
The worst is, the GeoSmartDNS adware has the ability to collect your personal info such as what web sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Web and so on. This privacy data, afterwards, may be sold to third party companies.
Instructions that is shown below, will help you to clean your PC from the ad-supported software as well as delete GeoSmartDNS undesired popups from the IE, Firefox, Chrome and Edge and other internet browsers.
Remove Ads by GeoSmartDNS adware
There are several steps to deleting the GeoSmartDNS that created to redirect your browser to various ad web pages, because it installs itself so deeply into Microsoft Windows. You need to delete all suspicious and unknown programs, then remove malicious add-ons from the Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge and other browsers you’ve installed. Finally, you need to reset your internet browser settings to delete any changes the ad supported software has made, and then scan your PC system with Zemana, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) or HitmanPro to ensure the ad-supported software is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove GeoSmartDNS, use the steps below:
- How to remove GeoSmartDNS adware without any software
- How to remove GeoSmartDNS with free software
- How to stay safe online
- How to GeoSmartDNS adware get installed onto system
- To sum up
How to remove GeoSmartDNS adware without any software
The useful removal instructions for the GeoSmartDNS ‘ad supported’ software. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to delete GeoSmartDNS adware let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Delete dubious software using MS Windows Control Panel
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed software. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of applications by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious applications, they are the ones you need to remove.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other apps. Next, uninstall any unrequested and suspicious programs from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, press the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of programs installed on your system. Most probably, one of them is the GeoSmartDNS which redirects your web-browser to undesired ad web-sites. Select the dubious program or the application that name is not familiar to you and remove it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Microsoft Windows, choose “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, choose “Uninstall a program”.
Select the dubious or any unknown apps, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this unwanted application from your PC system.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an undesired program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove GeoSmartDNS adware from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox web-browser is redirected to GeoSmartDNS ads and you want to recover the Firefox settings back to their original state, then you should follow the step-by-step instructions below. It will keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the GeoSmartDNS that causes a ton of intrusive pop-up advertisements. After, it’s complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove GeoSmartDNS adware from Chrome
In this step we are going to show you how to reset Chrome settings. potentially unwanted programs such as the ad-supported software can make changes to your internet browser settings, add toolbars and unwanted add-ons. By resetting Chrome settings you will remove GeoSmartDNS ads and reset unwanted changes caused by ‘ad supported’ software. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
- First start the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is finished, your web browser’s search provider by default, startpage and newtab page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove GeoSmartDNS from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer web-browser you restore your web-browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by GeoSmartDNS adware that developed to redirect your internet browser to various ad web sites.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown in the following example. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect.
How to remove GeoSmartDNS with free software
After completing the manual removal steps above all unwanted programs, malicious internet browser’s add-ons and GeoSmartDNS which reroutes your internet browser to intrusive ad web-pages should be deleted. If the problem with GeoSmartDNS adware is still remained, then we advise to scan your computer for any remaining malicious components. Use recommended free ad supported software removal applications below.
How to automatically remove GeoSmartDNS adware with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a utility that can remove adware, PUPs, browser hijackers and other malicious software from your PC easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of machine resources.
Zemana can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, close all programs and windows on your PC. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as on the image below.
When the installation starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana on your PC.
Once installation is complete, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . Zemana program will scan through the whole computer for the GeoSmartDNS that causes multiple annoying advertisements and pop-ups. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Zemana Anti-Malware tool is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
When that process is complete, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will display a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. Review the report and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will get rid of GeoSmartDNS that causes multiple unwanted advertisements and pop-ups and move items to the program’s quarantine.
Delete GeoSmartDNS ad-supported software and harmful extensions with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a completely free (30 day trial) utility. You don’t need expensive methods to remove GeoSmartDNS adware which redirects your web browser to undesired ad web-pages and other shady software. HitmanPro will delete all the undesired apps like adware and hijacker infections for free.
Download Hitman Pro on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
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Update: December 8, 2017
When the download is complete, open the file location and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will start the HitmanPro tool. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to launch the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” . Hitman Pro program will scan through the whole machine for the GeoSmartDNS ad supported software that causes undesired popup ads. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the HitmanPro is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
After the scanning is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report as shown on the screen below.
Review the scan results and then press “Next” button. It will open a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button. The HitmanPro will remove GeoSmartDNS that cause undesired pop up advertisements to appear. After the procedure is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your system.
Run Malwarebytes to remove GeoSmartDNS
You can delete GeoSmartDNS ad supported software automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We advise this free malware removal tool because it may easily remove hijacker infections, adware, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once the downloading process is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes on your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the GeoSmartDNS ad-supported software that causes tons of intrusive popups. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
Once MalwareBytes Anti Malware has finished scanning your PC, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will show a scan report. Review the scan results and then press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti Malware will remove GeoSmartDNS that causes intrusive popups and add threats to the Quarantine. When that process is done, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to delete ad supported software, hijacker and other malicious software.
How to stay safe online
To put it simply, you need to use an ad blocker tool (AdGuard, for example). It’ll block and protect you from all annoying webpages, ads and pop-ups. To be able to do that, the ad-blocking program uses a list of filters. Each filter is a rule that describes a malicious web page, an advertising content, a banner and others. The adblocker program automatically uses these filters, depending on the webpages you are visiting.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- When downloading is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and block unwanted advertisements, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How to GeoSmartDNS adware get installed onto system
To sum up
After completing the steps above, your computer should be clean from this ‘ad supported’ software and other malicious software. The Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Edge will no longer show unwanted GeoSmartDNS ads when you browse the Net. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
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