Welcome to our Snarer.dll “Virus” removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||As soon as you notice that your browser is getting spammed by intrusive ads, know that you are more than likely dealing with an Adware program.|
|Distribution Method||Shady e-mail or Facebook/Skype messages, other forms of online spam, misleading internet banners and adverts, deceitful browser warnings or notifications, file-bundles, etc.|
Snarer.dll “Virus” Removal
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Snarer.dll, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Snarer.dll on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Snarer.dll might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Snarer.dll, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.
Adware programs are irritating and annoying and can also potentially represent a security threat for your PC. However, if you are well acquainted with this type of software and are aware of its main characteristics, dealing with Adware becomes that much easier. Within the following few paragraphs we will introduce our readers to the Snarer.dll “Virus” which is a newly released program of the Adware type. In case that you have this piece of software on your PC and want to eliminate it – we can help you achieve that. We have a removal guide that will teach you how to uninstall the Snarer.dll “Virus” and also ensure that there’s nothing left from it on your PC so go ahead and use the guide if you feel that you need to once you finish reading the article.
What is an Adware program?
An Adware program is a piece of potentially unwanted software that would normally get onto the user’s Chrome, Firefox, IE or whatever other browser there is on the computer and spam it with irritating and obstructive adverts, popups, box messages, banners, etc. This heavily decreases the quality of one’s browsing experience and can also sometimes expose the PC to various security hazards (more on that later). The main purpose of the ads is to gain money through a technique known as Pay-Per-Click. The more clicks the ads receive, the greater the money earned by the Adware’s creator. Some Adware programs might seem to provide the user with some sort of helpful function, but the majority of these programs are more or less created for the sole purpose of profiting their developers with little to no regard about how useful they are going to be for the regular customer that has the intrusive software installed on their computer.
Are Adware programs harmful?
Above we mentioned that Adware can make one’s PC more vulnerable and exposed to various risks. This, however, does not mean that Snarer.dll or most other similar programs are some kind of malicious viruses. Though oftentimes you might read or hear people referring to Adware as a form of malware, it is important to keep in mind that the Snarer.dll “Virus” is quite different from an actual malicious virus like for example a Trojan horse or Ransomware. A lot of Adware programs are actually legitimate pieces of software and there are even instances where an application that falls under the Adware category is actually developed by some big and famous software company. On the other hand, actual noxious and harmful viruses such as the ones we mentioned above are always illegal and harmful to either your PC’s system or your virtual privacy.
How is Adware a security threat?
The problem with applications like Snarer.dll, apart from the fact that they can be extremely annoying, is the fact that the ads they generate might sometimes come from unreliable advertising networks that have a shady reputation. This means that every now and then, you might be shown an add that, if clicked upon, could redirect you to some sketchy website which might be potentially harmful. There is just no need to take such risks, which is why we strongly advise you to simply keep away from the nagging banners, pop-ups and box messages until the Adware is removed from your PC. One thing to note here is that some of the unpleasant ads might have something that seems like an X or Close button that’s actually there to trick you into clicking on the ad. Do not go for this if you see it, as it might count as a click onto the advert and still trigger the page redirect – something that, as we already established, is undesirable.
It is easy to see why most users would not want to install Adware on their PC. Sure, some might fall for the way an Adware program is promoted and install it on their computer willingly but this is oftentimes not the case. This is why other methods for spreading such applications are normally employed by their developers. Some of the more popular techniques are the use of spam e-mails or misleading online offers and adverts similar to the ones later displayed by the actual Adware. However, there’s one method that appears to be more effective than any other ant that is the so-called program bundling. Normally, Adware would get bundled with some free piece of software and get installed along with it if the user is not careful. This, can easily be avoided, though, as long as you remember to take a few moments and instead of rushing through the installation wizard like many people do, carefully look at the different options there. This is to find out if there are any added applications bundled with the main piece of software. If you notice that anything’s been added, simply uncheck it if you think that it could turn out to be Adware or if you are simply not sure regarding how safe the added application is.