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Should I remove Social Privacy DNS?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,383
United States Rank #3,909
Reach 0.0482%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.15 days
682.79 days >
Average installed length: 358.75 days

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Social Privacy DNS

What is Social Privacy DNS?

SocialPrivacy is an advertising supported potentially unwanted program that bills itself as a privacy protector but may also capture user information and interfere with web browsing activities. The software will also display search results in the browser based on your web surfing actions and context. From the EULA: "Social Privacy will also display search results from some of your favorite sites on the web directly in the window you are viewing without detracting from your interaction on sites. For example, Social Privacy passes the search words you type on search engines through valued partners like eBay, PriceGrabber and Yahoo to help bring search results from their sites which improves the relevancy of results, offers, and ads presented to you."

Social Privacy DNS is included with the Social Privacy software. "This privacy protection enhancement aids in removing third-party tracking cookies from sites you visit. The Social Privacy DNS service, once installed, will: (i) Update your DNS settings; (ii) Redirect you from Non-Existent Domains (where no domain exists) and from “typo squatting” domains (domains that take advantage of a typographical error to lead you away from your intended website destination) to the web pages where you aimed to navigate, to category relevant web pages where Social Privacy may have a partnership, or to a search results page giving you additional navigation or search choices; (iii) Block you from navigating to malicious domains based on third-party database listings of known offenders; (iv) Improve your DNS performance speed in many cases (v) Redirect you from known takeover domains (where page may have been hijacked without your knowledge) to category relevant web pages where Social Privacy may have a partnership, or to a search results page giving you additional navigation or search choices."

About  (from SocialPrivacy.org)

When you install the Browser Application, you are adding a whole new set of functions to your Web browser. The Social Privacy Application offers users features such as malicious IP monitoring, harmful website alerts, and other security related alerts whenever sites that you choose to visit have a known threat or securi...  Read more
Social Privacy DNS has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.socialprivacy.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\social privacy dns
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Social Privacy DNS\uninstall.exe

Program filesFiles installed by Social Privacy DNS

Program executable:dnswatch.exe
Name:Social Privacy DNS
Path:C:\Program Files\social privacy dns\dnswatch.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (All Users Run)
  • dnswatch.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'dnsshield' which loads as C:\Program Files\Social Privacy DNS\dnswatch.exe.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.44 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002495436%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00017957%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00006997%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:13,143
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Social Privacy DNS?

Quickly and completely remove Social Privacy DNS from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall Social Privacy DNS from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Social Privacy DNS, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Social Privacy DNS.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 63%
Win Vista 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.67%
Windows 10 25.32%
Windows Vista 8.26%
Windows XP 0.75%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 48.91%
Windows 8.1 12.72%
Windows 7 Professional 9.13%
Windows 8 7.07%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.63%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

99.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 99.09%
  Iran 0.26%
  Canada 0.19%
  South Africa 0.06%
  India 0.06%
  New Zealand 0.06%
  Pakistan 0.06%
  Japan 0.06%
  GU 0.06%
  Malaysia 0.06%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 38.92%
Dell 27.41%
Toshiba 10.94%
Acer 10.65%
ASUS 4.97%
Samsung 1.99%
Lenovo 1.56%
Intel 1.14%
Gateway 0.57%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 6.89%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 5.61%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.06%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.06%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.81%
Dell Inspiron 570 2.55%


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