Dregol.com website designed to modify browser’s settings
Dregol.com is another dubious domain categorised as browser hijacker. This rough website is designed to promote bogus free software on its platform and make several unwanted modifications your browser’s settings without your knowledge. It is capable of infecting your main browser including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and other browsers. This rough domain usually infiltrates your system during download of free software package from some freeware download sites.
Once installed, this nasty application modifies your browser’s settings like new tab URLs, search engine and homepage of your browser with ‘Dregol.com’ – fake search engine. This bogus search engine claims to help you quick access to various trustworthy & popular sources with enhanced results. It claims it is safe & fast search engine as compare to some popular search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing. But it is bogus at all. The purpose of this fake search engine is to tricks you into visiting or accessing third-party websites, shady or scam websites, and downloading/installing sponsored software or PUAs in your computer.
Dregol.com redirects you to other shady/scam websites that are designed to run malicious advertisements campaigns in the form of banners, coupons, notifications, commercial ads, fake software updates alert, fake security alert and other types of advertisements. These malicious advertisements can cause unwanted software downloads/installation and this way, malware can also be installed. Dregol.com browser hijackers also attempt to tricks you into downloading/installing some fake browser helper objects (BHOs) or extensions in your browser.
These fake BHOs or browser extensions also have data tracking capability. They can collect your some information such as IP address, URLs search, browser history, search queries, user name & password of your various online accounts, banking information and more details. These collected data can be shared with other cybercriminals or third-party to generate some income from them. In other words, this rough domain is not safe at all. So, Dregol.com adware removal is necessary.
How did you get Dregol.com adware in Windows 10/8/7 computer?
In some cases, PUAs are downloaded/installed from other software package as additional offers. This false marketing method of packaging regular software with PUAs or malware is known as Software Bundling Method – the mostly used mechanism by cybercriminals. However, it is possible to avoid the installation of all malicious additions included in software package. To do so, you should read terms & conditions given in software installation setup, choose ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ settings, remove all unnecessary programs by untricking their checkboxes in these settings and then you can continue with installation to finish. PUAs can also be downloaded/installed from malicious advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to protect system against PUAs, adware or malware?
It is strongly recommended to double-research the software before download/installation or purchase. You should always choose official and verified sources for software download and choose always ‘Custom/advanced/manual’ installation if you want to avoid the browser hijackers, adware or malware. Also, you should keep up-to-date your operating system and all other software installed in your computer and run regular system scan for malware or viruses with some powerful antivirus software.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Dregol.com:
Remove the related items of Dregol.com using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Dregol.com issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Dregol.com) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Dregol.com removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Dregol.com still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Dregol.com plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Dregol.com removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Dregol.com (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.