Nothing to do with DNS itself. We are talking about DNS servers and speed. I was only explaining what DNS meant.
The OP can try namebench to test which is the fastest.
And the problem may have nothing to do with the DNS server; we are in the process of trying to figure that out.
Here is my vote. Back-up any settings onto iCloud (as you should be doing), note applications that you want to reinstall. Back-up any music, photos and documents onto an external drive or cloud. Then reset your mac to zero by formatting and installing a fresh version of the os. That will wipe out anything wonky that you have on your computer. Plus this will be like a spring cleaning on your computer. Yes it is time consuming but the peace of mind will be worth it. Be super serious about what documents you back-up. Do not back up the viruses and reinstall them on your computer. If you have one virus on your computer that you know of you don't know there are probably others and as well you don't know about including key loggers and such.
You will probably see speed improvements and such as well.
One thing you can do to help keep out of strange sites is to use a service like opendns.com that will help keep you and any computer in the house navigating to weird sites that will give you a virus. I also recommend changing behaviors to not put yourself in a situation to get a virus when working with the net. Don't download strange files, don't install applications that you don't know what they do, and never click on links from emails that you do not know the source. If you get strange emails from a bank or organization that is requiring you to verify information. Delete the email. Navigate to that organization's website (don't click on anything in the email) separately (that you know you are doing business with) and log in and verify everything is correct. If you find that your email is full of spam I might recommend getting a new email address and resetting all the places that email you to that new address.
Also, get an application like 1password and store unique and different passwords for each site in this application. It will generate and store the passwords. Only you will know them and you will be even more secure.
WZZZ....I followed your instructions from "Getting rid of Virus's" on the Mac Forum. I went into Network Utilities and did the Ping to www.google.com. Here is the results. What does this tell you if anything? I am getting several pop ups on Safari and can't get rid of them:
Ping has started…
PING www.google.com (126.96.36.199): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=0 ttl=44 time=27.899 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=1 ttl=44 time=27.598 ms
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=2 ttl=44 time=27.502 ms
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=3 ttl=44 time=26.658 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=4 ttl=44 time=27.744 ms
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=5 ttl=44 time=27.112 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=6 ttl=44 time=26.833 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=7 ttl=44 time=27.257 ms
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=8 ttl=44 time=28.836 ms
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=9 ttl=44 time=28.281 ms
--- www.google.com ping statistics ---
10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 26.658/27.572/28.836/0.627 ms
WZZZ....I followed your instructions from "Getting rid of Virus's" on the Mac Forum.
This is a rather old topic, and a lot has changed since it started. Whatever you're seeing is not the result of a virus, though.
As a guess, I'd say you might be seeing ads being injected into sites where they don't belong, redirects to questionable websites or redirects to a different search engine than the one that you have selected. If this is the case, you have adware, not malware. See my Adware Removal Guide for help getting rid of it.
If that's not what you're seeing, you should start your own topic rather than replying to this one. In your new discussion, be sure to clearly describe the problem you're having.
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