How to install OpenDNS in Windows (or other DNS server services) [Tip]

If you use the internet a lot, chances are that you have used the DNS or Domain Name System without even realizing it. In layman’s terms, the DNS translates domain names to their numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. For e.g when you visit our website, you type in in your browser’s address bar. Try typing in the following IP address in your address bar and see what happens:

When you’re accessing a particular website, your computer uses a DNS server to look up the domain name you’re trying to access. While you can always bypass the DNS lookup by directly typing in the IP address of a website, it is definitely a lot easier to remember the web address or domain name than the actual IP address. Your ISP generally assigns a default DNS server to your connection.
DNS Switch

However, at times you may find that opening websites or resolving a domain name is taking  way too long for your comfort. In such scenarios, changing the default DNS server to a public DNS server which may prove to be much faster. There are tools available like DNSBench which let you benchmark DNS servers based on their speeds. Changing your default DNS server though, to a potentially speedier one though, is a process that generally requires more than a couple of clicks, and that too, provided you know what settings to access.

That’s where this cool little program called ChrisPC DNS Switch comes in. The tool is pre-loaded with 34 different DNS presets which include OpenDNS, Google Public DNS, Comodo, Norton , Yandex, DynDNS and lits more. Plus you can also add your own custom DNS servers if you prefer to use them. Changing to a DNS server of your choice is just a mouse click away, and you do not even need to access any other settings hidden inside your operating system.
DNS Server List

Similarly, if you find that a particular DNS server is not working as you hoped it would, restoring to the one you were using before it is also just a click away. You can choose to change/restore a DNS server just for the network adapter in use, or for all network adapters on your system. Plus you can also view the DNS Server list by categories like Secure, Family Safe, Regular, Anonymous & Custom, to make it easier for you pick the one you are looking for.

Change DNS

All in all, DNS Switch is a nifty little tool which is a must-have for anyone who spends a lot of time online. ChrisPC DNS Switch is a free program for Windows and can be downloaded from the ChrisPC website, or the download link below.

Download ChrisPC DNS Switch

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  • sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    I’ve been a DNS changer from way back, after I found out about DNSBench in late 2010 or early 2011.
    I tested enough different DNSs to find one that was really speedy, compared to my ‘stock’/OEM DNS,
    and *manually* changed my DNS site till I got one that was generally quicker than ‘stock’/OEM DNS.
    It really ain’t hard, you just need to check a number of different DNS sites to find one that,
    using DNSBench, gives substantially better *average* access times.
    Good show, on ChrisPC DNS Switch, because our DNS sites can slow down drastically,
    so we may need to update to a faster DNS site.
    Or our DNS could suffer an outage, which will *really* slow down all things internet.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

  • WildCat

    Nice tip. Thanks for sharing. Not trying to “nit pick”, but… “The tool is pre-loaded with 34 different DNS presets which include OpenDNS, Google Public DNS, Comodo, Norton , Yandex, DynDNS and *lits* more.” I swear I’m not a grammar Nazi! lol

  • TT5

    Where are the pros and cons???

    JJ, thanks for the portable, smaller file size alternatives for ChrisPC DNS Switch (available legally for download as an installer).

  • Godel

    What happened to the DotTech forums?

  • Jeffinprov

    Regarding JJ’s comment, I too periodically use DNS Jumper. Could someone possibly make a more detailed comparison between it and DNS Switch?

  • jivadas

    Wow! Mr Madrao.

    I live on my landlord’s wifi, with a splendiferously fucked.up ISP, that often downloads by the byte. Often it has reported DNS errors. I could never figure what it was talking.about.

    I looked.around, but I never found an explanation better than yours, Mad-rao (“My-King”?) better than yours.

    I had no trouble in downloading.

    There is a bit of bloatware attached, but all their stuff is worth a looksee.

    The first thing I did was refresh my adapter with a single click.

    Then I switched DiNoS from the installed to google (#2 on the dropdown).


    I think there is an improvement–but there have been many fluctuations on my network lately. And there are lots of DiNoS to test, especially if you use the benchmarker mentioned above.

    This gets an old fellow’s _HI!_ tuvm


  • JJ

    I find the free portable app DnsJumper from works without a hitch.
    They also have a portable app called DNS Angel that supposedly blocks inappropriate web sites.
    I have not tried DNS Angel.