Dnsapi.dll “Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove Dnsapi.dll. This Dnsapi.dll removal guide works for all Windows versions.

Trojans are considered to be among the most destructive cyber infections and if you are stuck with one, you are in for an array of unpleasantness. Is the Dnsapi.dll Not Found Error familiar to you? If so, this is a clear sing you are now a host to a nasty Trojan horse. It causes the error to appear. The name of this particular Trojan, which you are dealing with, is Win32/Patched.AO. The problem is that an Important Windows Operating System File has been modified and then patched, meaning a malicious code was injected into it. When this file is removed, you start seeing the error. You can`t let a devastating Trojan wreck your system. It is extremely dangerous and exposes your private life and your safety to a huge risk. Trojans also serve as a back door to malware, alter your default setting behind your back and jeopardize your privacy. This is exactly what Win32/Patched.AO does as well.

More about the Dnsapi.dll Not Found Error. First, DLL files, which stands for Dynamic Link Library, are a lot alike .exe files. Both types contain data and code, used by other programs at the same time. Usually, DLL errors occur during a program startup or when you turn on your PC. DLL files are very important. They use fewer resources but facilitate program updates. This particular Dnsapi.dll file, which is said to be missing, it related to Internet access and that’s why it is a preferred target for infections. If a parasite infects your PC, the Dnsapi.dll Not Found Error starts appearing. You may encounter with other versions of the error as well: “Cannot find C:\Windows\System32\\dnsapi.dll.”, “Dnsapi.dll Access Violation.”, “Dnsapi.dll not found.”, “The file Dnsapi.dll is missing.”. However, no matter which one pops-up, it still means you have an infection on board. You see the error mostly when you are starting your PC or when a program is trying to gain access to Dnsapi.dll.

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The Dnsapi.dll Virus

The Trojan will cause you other problems as well. It messes with your system setting without you allowing it to and without even realizing. It also able do damage important files. Keep in mind that the Trojan`s purpose is to grant its crooks remote access to your computer. The more time you let it spend on your machine the more troublesome it gets and the chance of accomplishing its goal get higher. Not to mention the security risk you are taking. The Trojan spies on your private and valuable information. Nothing is beyond its reach – emails, IPs, passwords, browsing history/results/queries …everything. It can even get to your financial data and personal information.

The worst is yet to come, however. All of the data collected is then given to the Trojan`s developer who can use it as they see fit. There is no point explaining to you what could happen if your sensitive info ends up in the wrong hands. Don’t waste any time and don’t take that kind of risk. It is important to know that you have to, by all means, delete the Trojan itself. Just replacing the Dnsapi.dll file won`t make it go away and it will remain in your system. To get rid of it once and for all, use our removal detailed removal guide below.

Moreover, once removed, make sure the Trojan won`t infect you again. Think of how it managed to do this in the first place. Trojans, and other cyber threat as well need to be installed and you were the one to have done it. It must have asked whether or not you agree on its installation and, given the fact that you are currently dealing with it, you must have given it green light. It managed to trick you and even left you oblivious to it. These parasites don’t ask for permission openly. Instead, the use sneaky tactics like posing as software updates. They can be attached to freeware/shareware bundles too. Don’t forget the spam emails technique as it is still very popular among crooks. Be careful with messages from unknown senders or shady looking ones.

Now knowing that it is up to you to decide if the Trojan can enter, you should be more careful. Preventing an infection is much better and easier that removing it later on. Don’t make yourself an easy target by being careless. You are the one responsible for keeping your privacy safe and your machine infection-free.

Dnsapi.dll Removal

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Dnsapi.dll from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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