This page aims to help you remove Dregol. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Browser hijackers are typically regarded as undesirable applications due to their highly irritating nature, their ability to make changes to one’s Internet and browser settings and their overall lack of any substantial positive traits. Here, we will focus on a piece of software that most users and experts refer to as Dregol. It is categorized as a browser hijacker because, upon installation, it tends to infiltrate the user’s browser and impose certain modifications to it. Usually, the modifications include a replaced search engine, a changed URL of the starting page (and maybe of the new-tab) page as well as the addition of a new toolbar. Other unpleasant effects that this app might have on the user’s browser is it might cause redirects to random webpages as well as the generation of nagging online ads. Most popular browsers like Chrome, IE, Firefox, Chrome and others are likely to be susceptible to the unpleasant effects of Dregol so using a different browser once your main one has been infiltrated would likely not help with this issue. Normally, the best method to take care of this problem is to remove its source from your system which, in this case, is the Dregol app. However, you need to know that this might be easier said than done. Most hijackers can be somewhat tricky to remove. First of all, the user might have no idea where the directory of the installed hijacker is in their system. Also, oftentimes, there might be hidden components that cannot be reached through regular means. On top of that, a lot of hijackers have no uninstallation .exe files and some might even lack a Control Panel entry in the Uninstall a program list. All of this can make it quite tricky and sometimes even difficult to do away with an app such as Dregol. However, know that it’s still much easier to uninstall a hijacker then it is to get rid of an actual malware virus such as a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware. In this write-up, we have made sure to provide our visitors with two reliable methods for getting rid of Dregol in case anyone of you might need that. The first method we can offer you is a removal guide that, if you closely follow its instructions, should enable you to quickly remove the pesky piece of software on your own. The other option we have for you is to use the removal tool from the guide and detect the unwanted app with it. Finally, we believe that it’s best if yo make use of both methods for the best result. If you need any additional help, know that you can also contact us through our comments section below this write-up so do not hesitate to do that.
How to Remove Dregol
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Dregol from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Dregol from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Dregol from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!
Hijacker apps like Dregol are certainly not the most problematic and dangerous piece of software that you might encounter. That said, they are still not to be underestimated. Aside from the irritating changes to your browser and the annoying advertising materials that are likely to appear on your screen each time you try to surf the Internet, there are several other potential issues that a hijacker might be responsible for if it has gotten on your PC. The main problem that we must point out here is the chance of getting redirected to some obscure, questionable and maybe even hazardous page after interacting with some piece of advertising content that the unwanted app has put on your screen. If you are unlucky, you might even land on some web location used for malware distribution of nasty threats like Ransomware, Trojans, Rootkits, Works, Spyware, etc. Of course, this is a relatively rare occurrence but we believe it’s still better if you keep your distance from the hijacker-generated ads, page-redirects and imposed browser components.
Making sure you don’t get any more hijackers
Browser hijackers normally come as bundled components added to another program’s installer thus forming an installation package. If you want to avoid installing the optional (and potentially unwanted) app alongside the main software, you’d have to opt out of it. Normally, in order to do that, you’d need to access the Custom/Advanced/Expanded setup menu. This is why it is normally advisable if users use this installation option instead of the Default/Quick one. However, most people ignore the this detail which is how they get hijackers installed onto their computers. We must also direct your attention at the importance of only using reliable software sources and also never visiting or opening any shady sites, messages an ads in order to stay as safe as possible.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Typical hijacker symptoms are replacement of your browser’s default search engine and starting page as well as intrusive page redirects and ads-generation.|
|Distribution Method||File-bundles, misleading web advertisements and spam messages with file attachments are the most commonly used distribution methods.|
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