OpenDNS (Open DNS Scam/Redirect)
OpenDNS is an unethical company based in San Francisco, California that provides a free and paid Internet navigation structure as well as Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations, and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS are self proclaimed to increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted. Though some of their claims are true, most phishing websites, websites that host malware, and other dangerous websites can still be accessed. Furthermore many have concluded that OpenDNS is a scam only interested in generating income off the confusion and misfortunes of internet users.
It’s important to note that OpenDNS is not a necessity, nor adds any realistic value or safety to your computer, with exceptions to using OpenDNS DNS IP addresses during malformed DNS settings. In actuality, other IP addresses provided free by Google and others should be used over OpenDNS IP addresses. OpenDNS does not make your internet browser safer, faster, or smarter. OpenDNS simply wants to generate an income based off the misfortunes of computer users which may also include entrapment.
OpenDNS’ search engine is titled OpenDNS Guide at the address: guide.opendns.com
Is OpenDNS Malware?
OpenDNS is not technically malware, nor a virus though OpenDNS has many characteristics of spyware without alerting their users. Many internet users also suspect OpenDNS as being a redirection virus, it is not, but again carries similarities to a redirection infection.
- OpenDNS blocks access/restricts access to many popular websites, including popular antivirus software websites.
When OpenDNS blocks access to a website the prompted webpage warning reads: ”Phising Site Blocked – Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to get you to provide personal information under false pretenses.” Note, in the image below we attempt to access a legitimate software company’s website, which OpenDNS wrongfully blocked.
- OpenDNS redirects web searches to their OpenDNS search engine called “OpenDNS Guide” (guide.opendns.com). Often these searches are irrelevant and filled with third party advertisements.
- Often when internet users whom notice redirections to OpenDNS based websites, they make claims in the OpenDNS forum that OpenDNS is malware. OpenDNS employees are “overwhelmingly” rude (mocking customers, calling customers “stupid”, etc) to many forum users, which may also cause concerns.
How did OpenDNS get on my internet browser?
OpenDNS is not an application, client, nor extension. OpenDNS is acquired to a computer system that has changed network IP addresses to OpenDNS IP address.
OpenDNS IP addresses are often used to safely repair computer systems and allow access to the internet. OpenDNS may be on your system due to previously repairing DNS settings on your computer, from infections such as DNS changer malware (we supply OpenDNS IP addresses as a secondary suggestion for removing DNSChanger malware).
If you suspect OpenDNS “infected” your system without your knowledge it may be due to third party adware.
How to disable and remove OpenDNS (Open DNS)
The only way to remove OpenDNS from your computer and internet browser is to stop using OpenDNS DNS server IP addresses. Please note, it is not recommended to speak to OpenDNS about this matter as their forum members and support team are notoriously rude, going as far as to degrade their users who ask simple questions.
The video below shows a quick example of how to remove OpenDNS using the instructions detailed below the video.
1. Click the internet connectivity icon on the taskbar, and click “Open Network and Sharing Center” or navigate to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.
2. Under “View your active networks” click the option provided for “Connections”, this may either be “Local Area Connection” (if connection is wired), or “Wireless Connections”.
3. The “Local Area Connection Status” window pops up, click “Properties”. (Please note this window will detail if IPv4 and IPv6 settings are in use)
4. Double click “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” (or highlight and click properties) to open the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window.
5. Under the “General” tab where it says “Use the following DNS server addresses:” remove the OpenDNS IP addresses (common OpenDNS addresses are 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124).
6. Now select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
This will erase the OpenDNS DNS server IP address from your system and your computer and internet browser will function normally.