Rockdriller Virus

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Rockdriller is a browser hijacker application that constantly displays pay-per-click ads during the users’ regular web surfing and reroutes users’ web searches to pre-defined web pages. To do that, Rockdriller may install a new search engine or replace the browser’s default homepage without asking for approval.

The Rockdriller Virus will try to trick you into allowing it to display pop up ads and messages.

If you have come across this article, you may have already faced some unwelcome changes inside your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari browser or you may have been bombarded with a number of intrusive pop-ups, pop-unders, banners and pay-per-click ads all over your screen. Fortunately, in the next lines, we will provide some helpful advice on how to remove those ads and unwanted changes by uninstalling Rockdriller from your device.

A browser hijacker is a type of software that generates ads in your web browser or in a specific program itself. In addition to the ads streaming, such software can often replace the browser’s default search engine or homepage with a sponsored one and install some additional redirect buttons and add-ons that ensure that the moment you start a new browsing session, you automatically get redirected to specific sites full of promotional banners, ads, and pop-up messages.

And in case you find it difficult to navigate the web and cannot tolerate the aggressive advertising activity of the browser hijacker, remember that you always have the option to uninstall it. If you don’t know how to do that, we suggest you take a look at the removal guide below and use its instructions to eliminate Rockdriller safely and efficiently. Once you successfully remove the browser hijacker, the advertisements will not be shown anymore on your computer’s screen and you will be able to restore the settings of your web browser.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Rockdriller!

How to remove Rockdriller

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Rockdriller in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Rockdriller from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Rockdriller.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Rockdriller.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Rockdriller from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Rockdriller extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Rockdriller and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Rockdriller on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Rockdriller extension
  4. Get rid of Rockdriller by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Rockdriller” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Rockdriller

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Rockdriller process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Rockdriller
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Rockdriller” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Rockdriller

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Rockdriller in there
    4. Uninstall Rockdriller from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Rockdriller-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Rockdriller in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Rockdriller?

    A free program bundle is the most likely way that you have installed such software on your computer. You have either visited a torrent website and have downloaded a software package or you have used some free download manager and agreed on installing its suggested content and updates.
    Most security experts do not see browser hijackers as a serious system threat. The reason is, these programs are not intended to harm the computer like a Trojan horse virus or encrypt its data like a Ransomware infection. Yet, the fact that apps like Rockdriller and Herofherlittl can make changes inside your web browser and display various third-party ads on your screen without your consent makes them potentially unwanted.
    Moreover, such programs can be quite irritating in the long run as they may cause serious browsing disturbances including sudden browser crashes, browser unresponsiveness and random automatic redirects to various unfamiliar websites. The latter can be particularly concerning because you can never know how reliable those websites are. Nowadays, cybercriminals use a lot of fake ads and links that appear absolutely legitimate; but once clicked on, they can send you to web pages that might be infected with malware and viruses from the rank of Ransomware or Trojans. That’s why it is not advisable to trust everything that programs like Rockdriller display on your screen.

    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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