How to remove Dregol Search in Chrome, Firefox and IE
The adware called Dregol is trending on security discussion boards currently, so the article below is going to sort of aggregate the known information about this threat and add in-house research data. The most important part of the present entry is dedicated to the instructions on Dregol removal and ways to restore the system settings that the virus changed.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or an IT guru to tell a normal web service enhancement tool from a malicious one. The key differentiation here is in the realm of an app’s activity and symptoms it causes. Normal add-ons won’t make changes to the browser settings unless authorized to do so, whereas adware doesn’t ask the user for approval. The Dregol by Chromium Search extension, for instance, circumvents the user consent phase while drastically modifying the way Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer operate on a PC. Likewise, people get this program without really being aware that it’s getting inside, rather than install it voluntarily. This behind-the-scenes installation is powered by a multitude of applications that covertly host the potentially unwanted payload. During the setup of affiliated software, you might actually get a notification about extra promotions, but this information is overlooked by most users because it’s embedded in the default installation options. The types of such underhand shipper programs vary, but in most cases these are free multimedia tools, streaming video downloaders, poorly rated OS maintenance utilities and cracked variants of software updates that are critical for system stability.
Materialization of the malign code inside a targeted computer consists in adding a program called Dregol Browser along with the Run_Dregol extension. The latter is displayed on the add-ons list of every web browser running in the system, and this is the object to blame for most of the Internet surfing problems which are to follow. A new URL (www.dregol.com) replaces the values you had in the fields for the homepage, default search and new tab page. Browser shortcuts are also reconfigured to launch the above-mentioned site every time they are triggered. These alterations turn into a messy issue because dregol.com is going to be visited more often than any other web page on the infected PC, and the user is stuck with these settings because they cannot always be efficiently corrected manually.
The adware’s landing site is intended primarily for displaying ads. Within the results it returns for any given query, there is a big share of sponsored data. Redundancy of those ads above the fold is both a nuisance and a hurdle for normal usage of browsers as the page load time tends to progressively increase. This situation requires urgent measures to be taken, including the removal of Dregol add-on and the respective program files. The optimal fix is to combine automatic cleanup with manual troubleshooting.
Automatic removal of Dregol Search virus
When it comes to handling infections like this one, using a reputable cleaning tool is the place to start. Sticking to this workflow ensures that every component of the adware gets found and eradicated from the affected computer.
1. Download and install the cleaning tool and click the Start Computer Scan button
2. The wait is worth it. Once the scan completes, you will see a report listing all malicious or potentially unwanted objects detected on your PC. Go ahead and click the Fix Threats option in order to get Dregol automatically uninstalled from your machine. This being done, you should be good to go. Just to make sure everything went smooth, consider going through the steps below real quick.
Uninstall Dregol through Control Panel
- From your Windows menu, go to Control Panel. Select Add or Remove Programs (for Windows XP / Windows 8) or Uninstall a program (Windows Vista / Windows 7)
- Find Dregol and Run_Dregol on the list, select those entries and click Uninstall/Change. If they are nowhere to be found, skim through the list and look for or any suspicious-looking piece of software that you recently installed. Eliminate the bad item when found
Remove Dregol Search in Chrome
1. Uninstall the Dregol extension
- Click the Chrome menu icon and select More tools > Extensions
- Find the add-on associated with Dregol and click the trash bin next to the bad entry
2. Restore homepage defaults
- Go back to Chrome menu and select Settings
- Go to On startup sub-section and activate the Open a specific page or set of pages option. Also, click Set pages
- Locate the Dregol entry under Startup pages and hit X button next to it
3. Restore correct search preferences
- Proceed to Manage search engines and select the service you prefer to use
4. Restart Google Chrome
Remove Dregol Search in Firefox
1. Eliminate the respective add-on
- In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons
- Hit the Extensions tab and locate Dregol on the list. Click Remove to get rid of it
2. Fix the homepage settings
- Go to Tools > Options
- Hit the General tab and click Restore to Default (see image below)
3. Set the preferred search provider
- Click the magnifying glass icon in Firefox search box and select Change Search Settings
- Select the search engine to use by default and hit OK to save the changes
4. Restart Mozilla Firefox
Remove Dregol Search in Internet Explorer
1. Uninstall the malicious extension
- Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons
- Select Search Providers in the navigation pane, locate Dregol, right-click it and select Remove in the context menu
2. Restore IE homepage defaults
- Go to Tools > Internet Options
- Hit the tab called General and select Use default or any other available option
3. Change Tab settings
- When on the Internet Options interface, click the Settings or Tabs button (depending on IE version) under the sub-section called Tabs
- Select A blank page or Your first home page in the drop-down menu as shown
4. Restart Internet Explorer
Did the problem go away? Check and see
Computer threats like Dregol are stealthier than you can imagine, skillfully obfuscating their components inside a compromised computer to evade removal. Therefore by running an additional security scan you will dot the i’s and cross the t’s.