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Remove hidden program, Smart DNS

Everywhere’s I look on google or whatever, it says it’s easy.... BUT, I run a laptop with windows 7, 64bit OS.
At some point I have loaded Smart DNS Proxy and now I can’t get rid. I can’t even find it on the computer but every now and again, it raises it’s very ugly head.

Where is it hiding? How do I remove all trace? Any help appreciated!

Regards

Bony Tony.

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Re: DNS

Their site has support options. Did you try those?
And are you sure it's a program and not just a setting?

Post was last edited on June 13, 2019 9:00 AM PDT

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Some of these alter the hosts file on Windows.

Since you could remove said app, you won't undo it's changes to the hosts file by removal so let's get you some tutorials as most folk never heard of this file or what it does.

1. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/hosts-files-explained/
This is for those that know nothing about the hosts file and want to know more before replacing it with a clean version.

2. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/972034/how-to-reset-the-hosts-file-back-to-the-default
For some this isn't enough so here's an alternative method.
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27350/beginner-geek-how-to-edit-your-hosts-file/

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Host files...

Thank you for the info regarding host files. I shall investigate your links in turn.

There is certainly nothing on my computer that points or refers to Smart DNS but on occasions, clicking a weblink automatically opens Smart DNS rather than the requested link. Host files sound a distinct possibility, I need to be able to locate them!

Regards

Tony M

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I forgot another avenue.

Some alter the browsers as well.

If the hosts files are cleaned up and you reboot and it still does the dirty deed then reset that browser being sure to save your bookmarks and such before hand.

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Thank you...

I’ll try that! ?

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Links...

Thank you for the links, the bleepingcomputer one is very informative.

Unfortunately, I now find I need the admin password to do anything. I am the admin but I never use that account to log on. I have forgotten that and lost my reset disk! I have a system restore disk but I guess the simple answer is to reinstall Windows 7. It’s an old 17” laptop that I mainly use for photoshop....

I have a new MacBook Pro and I guess I’ll be forced to get my head round that now! Unfortunately, not all my editing programmes will work on the Mac....

Ah well!

Thanks again for the pointers...

Regards

Tony M

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Re: admin

How could you install it without being an administrator?

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About Windows 7 and admin etc.
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reboot

reboot helped?

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