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How to remove OpenDNS (OpenDNS IP address removal)

OpenDNS (Redirect & IP Removal)

OpenDNS is a 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.

How To Remove OpenDNS

It’s important to note that OpenDNS is not a necessity and may not add any realistic value or safety to your computer, with exceptions to using OpenDNS DNS IP addresses during malformed DNS settings. In actuality, a first-person IP or other third-party IP addresses provided free by Google, etc. should be used over OpenDNS IP addresses to avoid potentially unwanted situations, including browser redirects to their search engines and websites.

OpenDNS Gudie Removal

OpenDNS’ search engine is titled OpenDNS Guide at the address: guide.opendns.com

OpenDNS claims no responsibility for third party links they provide which leads some third-parties to believe this contradicts the meaning of internet safety. You can read more about this in the OpenDNS privacy policy (image below).

OpenDNS Third Party Sites

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.

Phishing Site Blocked by OpenDNS

OpenDNS redirects web searches to their OpenDNS search engine called “OpenDNS Guide” (guide.opendns.com). Often these searches are filled with third party advertisements.

OpenDNS Search Engine Redirection

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 and spyware; not the actual company.

How to remove OpenDNS

This is an OpenDNS removal guide that will help you remove OpenDNS from Mac and Windows Operating Systems.

To remove OpenDNS from your computer and internet browser you must stop using OpenDNS IP addresses as your DNS IP address.

How to remove OpenDNS from Windows

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.

Open 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”.

Local Area Connection

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)

Local Area Connection Status

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.

Internet Protocol Version 4

5. Under the “General” tab where it says “Use the following DNS server addresses:” remove the OpenDNS IP addresses (common OpenDNS addresses are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220).

Open DNS Server IP Addresses

6. Now select Obtain DNS server address automatically.

Obtain DNS Server addresses automatically

This will erase the OpenDNS DNS server IP address from your system and your computer and internet browser will function normally.

How to remove OpenDNS from a Mac

1. Navigate to: System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS

2. Under DNS you will see various IP addresses. Remove the OpenDNS IP addresses – you’ll recognize them as they start with 208 and will be something something similar to 208.67.222.222 or 208.67.220.220.

3. Remove the OpenDNS IP address by pressing the minus (-) button at the bottom.

4. You will be left with your own original IP address will will now be grayed out. Don’t worry, just add it again by pressing the plus (+) button and typing it in.

If you have any questions about removing OpenDNS please feel free to comment below.


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36 replies to “How to remove OpenDNS (OpenDNS IP address removal)

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you so much! I have absolutely no idea how OpenDNS installed itself into my computer, but your guide pretty much saved me my job, so thanks!

    1. Sean Doyle Post author

      Not sure what you mean… No one using the same network will get a notification if you change your own DNS that I am aware of.

      OpenDNS may keep track of these things. I am not sure if it would be considered anonymous information though.

  2. Deborah Murphy

    Thank you!

    Just to add – for Mac it’s a similar process:

    Navigate to:
    System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS
    Under DNS you will see some IP addresses. Remove the OpenDNS IP addresses – you’ll recognise them as they start with 208 and will be something like 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220. So delete those by pressing the minus button at the bottom.
    You will be left with your own original IP address will will now be grayed out. Don’t worry. Just add it again by pressing the + button and typing it in.
    All done!

  3. Anonymous

    my already automatically searches for dns so this didnt solve the issue but when I try to go on youtube and it blocks the site at the bottom it says powered by opendns

    1. Anonymous

      It’s a similar process. Go to:
      System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS
      Under DNS you will see some IP addresses. Remove the OpenDNS IP addresses – you’ll recognise them as they start with 208 and will be something like 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220. So delete those by pressing the minus button at the bottom.
      You will be left with your own original IP address will will now be grayed out. Don’t worry. Just add it again by pressing the + button and typing it in.
      All done!

  4. David

    Hey,

    Okay , so… I don’t do this often but..
    ..Thank You.
    I just had to say that, I HAD TO. :D
    I’m really glad someone took the time and explain what the frak all this was about blocking google and some other sites, all of a sudden.
    Also you managed to do this in short, clearly and honest way (like about the forum moderators, they ARE jerks).
    Everywhere I looked couldn’t find good information about this Company and the way to avoid their site-blocking.

    Sooo, yea. I wanted to say thank you, great job.

    -Dave

  5. Weldon Young

    OpenDNS appeared when my browser opened. I do not know how it got on my computer. I ran all my Malewarebytes software and finally did a restore without sucess.
    I appreciate this informational webpage.
    Thank You, Weldon

  6. c

    thanks! I hate openDNS so much. If you go to their website and try and find this info, all the replies focus on your being an ingrate for even inquiring.

  7. russ

    Thank you for the tutorial. It was simple and easy to follow. Only problem that i faced was in the last step when i need to remove the Open DNS ip address, the area that is should show the open dns ip is blank but open dns is still controlling my laptop.

    1. Sean Doyle Post author

      Your internet provider DNS may be set to an OpenDNS IP address.

      For example last night Cox Cable DNS malfunctioned causing issues for most of their customers. – Google and OpenDNS DNS IP addresses are often used as backups.

      I suggest to possibly contact your provider (and/or Open DNS) and see if this is the case. Furthermore, I will update this post tomorrow (12/19) with alternative instructions.

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