Utopia.net is a malicious website that hijacks the DNS settings and redirects users to different addresses. It also blocks access to some sites, and some of your applications would not work. It inserts multiple ads and slows down the loading speed of the websites. Users try to scan with their traditional antivirus which doesn’t catch anything. Here in this article, you will know how to remove the Utopia.net malware and restore the DNS settings.
How does DNS Hijacker Work?
To understand DNS hijacker first need to understand, what is DNS and how it works. Domain Name System (DNS) is like an address book for websites and their location. The address of the site is in IP address format which is complex to remember for users. So there was a need to introduce simple names for websites. But computers will locate other web servers by their IP addresses. So DNS was introduced, it is like a contact book for websites. Whenever you enter the name of the site, DNS gives you its IP Address. That’s how DNS works in simple words. Now let’s see how the DNS hijacker works.
Cybercriminals create a fake address book and replace the address of popular websites with their fraudulent websites. They remove the entry of few websites like security blogs or antivirus websites so that you cannot access them. Then they use malware to modify the DNS settings of your computer. Utopia.net is used to spread this malware and hijack the DNS settings of different users.
Hackers modify the DNS of popular websites to redirect their users to fake websites instead of hacking the hosting server.
How does Utopia.net DNS Hijacker spread?
There are several ways cybercriminals could use to spread the DNS hijacker malware. However, their preferred method is software bundling. Cybercriminals bundles the hijacker with free or pirated software. Then they upload the software on free software downloading portals. Even, several software download websites bundle such malware to increase their revenue.
When you download and install such software, you also install the hijacker. Sometimes when you choose the custom/advanced installation method, you could see the terms & condition page of the bundled malware. Most of the time it is invisible. Users can deselect the malware from the terms & condition page, but most of the users consider it as an essential feature and don’t bother to deselect.
What are the Dangers of Utopia.net?
With the Utopia.net DNS hijacker, you are never sure that you are accessing a real website or not. So all the information that you enter in your browser is at risk. Below are some problems that you face with DNS Hijacker.
- Won’t let you access certain websites and applications.
- Reduce the speed of the internet and internet applications.
- Redirects to fake websites and could steal the data you enter.
- It could steal your credit card and bank login details using the phishing attack.
- Displays lots of advertisements via pop-ups and banners
- Tracks your browsing activity also.
How to Remove Utopia.net DNS Hijacker?
To remove the Utopia.net DNS hijacker, you need to go through complicated steps and settings. If you are a beginner then playing with these settings could be tough. The whole process is extended from removing the bundled software, changing the settings, and then scanning the system, which is a time-consuming process.
Step 1 – Restore the DNS Settings
To restore the DNS Settings follow the instructions below.
Type Control Panel in the Cortana search box and click on it.
Now click on the Network and Internet.
Then click on Network and Sharing Center.
Then click on the Connections, in my case it is Wi-Fi, it could be Ethernet for you.
Then click on Properties.
Now select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button.
Now choose “Obtain an IP address automatically,” then select “Obtain DNS server address automatically.” Alternatively, you could also select the Use the following DNS server addresses and enter the details as shown in below image. This DNS address is of Google’s DNS server.
Step 2 – Uninstall Suspicious Programs from Control Panel
Press Win+R button to open the Run, then type appwiz.cpl and press OK.
There you will see the list of all the programs. Find the suspicious applications, right click on them and choose Uninstall.
Now follow the instructions to uninstall the application.
Step 3 – Scan with MalwareFox Antimalware
Now you need to clean the remaining infection from your computer. To do this, you need to take help of an antimalware. First, download MalwareFox antimalware.
Now open the installer and install MalwareFox on your computer.
Once the MalwareFox is installed, let it update the program and the signature database.
Now click on the Scan button.
Once the scan is completed click on Next to remove the threats from your PC.
You have successfully removed the Utopia.net DNS hijacker from your PC. Don’t visit suspicious websites and never install software from untrusted sources. Keep the MalwareFox’s real-time protection feature enabled so that it can protect you from such threats in the future.