The advertising irritation of today – Snarer.dll
If you have come across this page, you are probably already suffering from one of the most common web annoyances – Adware. Perhaps you are trying to remove Snarer.dll – an Adware version. The typical symptoms of an infection caused by the Snarer.dll “Virus” are the following ones:
- You might think that your browser is behaving strangely because it is basically showering you with plenty of ads. What’s even more annoying is the fact that those pop-up and banners do not resemble the normal ones you have come across on different web pages. In fact, they might be very difficult to close; some of them could even automatically redirect you to websites with probably suspicious content. Such ads could be constantly reappearing and an attempt on closing one of them might simply lead to the opening of another one.
What may bother you additionally is the ability of Snarer.dll and its sibling programs to affect all your browser apps – once inside your PC neither Firefox, nor Explorer, Opera or Chrome might be skipped by such an Adware version.
A brief description of Adware:
Adware is the name used for the type of software, which gets created with the mere purpose to show advertisements of various products to many users around the web in accordance with their recent search requests. Actually, you may have already noticed that the name of this software derives from the words “advertising software”, which obviously implies that various ads are involved.
Are there any connections between Adware and malware?
Please, try to stay calm and remember the fact that Adware has never been identified as malicious, for instance, as Ransomware has been. The ad-related software might just get criticized because of the methods it could use to enter your system. Such a scenario may happen in varying ways, like when you download and install a program bundle from the Internet for example. Another possible option is when you click on an advertising banner/link on a suspicious web page. Generally, a typical software bundle represents a program you can download for free from the Internet. Ultimately, such products are usually mingled together with other products like Adware, which could get installed in a stealthy way.
Snarer.dll and its typical features
The Snarer.dll “Virus” as an exemplary Adware product has all the qualities explained above. Once it has infiltrated your device, plenty of pop-ups and banners asking you to order something or download something from the web might start being displayed on your PC screen, while you are browsing the Internet. Also, sometimes you might even experience some kind of redirection, especially when you try to load a certain web page, but instead you get redirected to another one. That’s why Snarer.dll could be considered to be rather intrusive. Another feature that ads to this kind of reputation is the fact that the advertisements it could generate may appear aggressively without your knowing consent, whatever you try to load on the web. In fact, their number may be so great that it may use a lot of your RAM and CPU, in this way making the performance of your PC more sluggish.
Helpful tips on how to stay away from the Snarer.dll “Virus”:
Here, the great news is you are always able to avoid Snarer.dll and other members of the Adware category just by sticking to these tips:
- It is vital that your Firewall is always turned on and updated regularly. It may help you a lot to stop any PUP’s (potentially unwanted programs) from infecting your PC. It may even warn you about possible malicious threats out there.
- We recommend purchasing a high quality anti-malware program. If you install a reliable program to protect your system, you are very unlikely to have any problems.
- Provided that you really want to install any software from a bundle, or just a separate program, at least try to always use the “Customized/Manual” wizard options. Read through all the agreements and don’t authorize any modifications to your system, including those made to your browser apps.
Is it possible to remove such an ad-generating program?
The removal guide below that we have prepared for you could be exactly the tool you need to get rid of this program. Just stick to the instructions closely.
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.