Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is GeoSmartDNS?
GeoSmartDNS is a rogue application that supposedly allows users to access various websites blocked in their own countries. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, GeoSmartDNS is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
The main reasons for these negative associations are: 1) installation without users' consent; 2) display of intrusive ads, and; 3) tracking of web browsing activity.
Following infiltration, GeoSmartDNS generates banner, coupon, pop-up, and other similar ads. These are delivered using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. Therefore, they often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience.
Be aware that intrusive advertisements might lead to malicious websites and even execute scripts designed to download and install malware. Therefore, clicking them is risky and can lead to computer infections. As with most adware, GeoSmartDNS gathers information relating to web browsing habits.
IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected data is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
These people misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, having information-tracking apps such as GeoSmartDNS installed can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you eliminate this PUP immediately.
|Name||Ads by GeoSmartDNS|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
There are dozens of adware-type apps that share similarities with GeoSmartDNS. The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) SuperSearch, WhiteClick, SearchAwesome, Google Image Downloader, and Multitimer.
By offering a wide range of "useful features", PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers and regular users receive no real value.
Rather than enabling the functions promised, potentially unwanted programs such as GeoSmartDNS deliver intrusive advertisements and gather sensitive information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did GeoSmartDNS install on my computer?
GeoSmartDNS is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, this PUP often infiltrates systems without permission. Developers proliferate this PUP using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of PUPs together with regular software).
They do not disclose these installations properly - they hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to rush these procedures, skip steps, and often click ads without understanding the possible consequences. This often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software.
Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, however, most lead to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other dubious sites. If you experience these redirects, eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. It is very important to opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are also advised to download your software from official sources only, using direct download links.
Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus should never be used. If your computer is already infected with GeoSmartDNS, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Official GeoSmartDNS installation setup:
Deceptive free software installer distributing GeoSmartDNS adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is GeoSmartDNS?
- STEP 1. Uninstall GeoSmartDNS application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove GeoSmartDNS adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove GeoSmartDNS ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by GeoSmartDNS' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove GeoSmartDNS extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
GeoSmartDNS adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "EUCHEENNA version 1.5", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes GeoSmartDNS ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove GeoSmartDNS adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, GeoSmartDNS did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by geosmartdns, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by geosmartdns, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by geosmartdns removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by geosmartdns, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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