How to remove Dregol (Virus Removal Guide)

The “Dregol virus” (also known as Dregol Search virus) is a very broad term used describe multiple potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and browser attachments that have caused issues for computer and internet users. Dregol programs, including Run_Dregol, Dregol Browser, and dregol New Tab are used to read and manage user browsing data, provide pop-up and targeted advertisements, and ultimately cause browser redirects to dregol.com (Dregol Search) and other webpages.

Dregol Search

Dregol is also known as an intrusive browser hijacker that specifically targets internet users based off of their past and current browsing experiences. Once the Dregol virus has infiltrated a computer system internet users might become bombarded by pop-up ads that say “Ads by Dregol” on them or a drop-down menu in the address bar that says “ADD TO FAVORITES.”

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Dregol and the programs published under the same name change existing internet browser settings, including the homepage, new tab, and default search engine. This causes browser redirects to dregol.com and other webpages.

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The Dregol virus also injects the webpages internet users visit with pop-up and targeted advertisements, as well as sponsored search results and suggestions. This is a big concern because in order to create ‘targeted’ advertisements and sponsored search results Dregol adware will need to access and gather user browsing data and modify current browser settings. Information this adware observes includes all data on the websites you visit and all browsing activities, such as information submitted into online forms (online searches, email addresses, telephone numbers, etc.), bookmarks, and browser history. This information together will allow the adware and programs that it bundles with to generate advertisements that target internet users based off their current and past online habits.

Dregol programs also bundles with other unwanted programs, malware, and malicious threats. This adware and the programs that it bundles with schedule new tasks and change existing system start-up settings in order to run every time Windows starts and remain enabled. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this adware infection can also cause additional issues for computer and internet users.

Even though the Dregol virus is not technically defined as a computer virus the unwanted program is still a threat or the sign of a serious computer infection. Since Dregol is known to download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including adware like shoppilation, it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions in order to stop all unwanted activities from occurring. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why the professional internet security community recommends to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove Dregol and malicious files that it may bundle with.

How did Dregol get on my computer?

Dregol is usually always contracted without user consent or knowledge. The adware is used to promote free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web; therefor it bundles with multiple objects. Free downloadable content that this adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, torrents, and more.

Dregol Browser

Users who wish to consciously and manually install freeware may be given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Dregol adware and other objects alongside the freeware during the installation and setup process; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing is often ignored by the program or presented in a deceptive manner and the adware will install anyways.

This program and objects that it bundles with can also be promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements are usually dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.

Dregol overview:

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  • dregol New Tab can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • dregol New Tab can read and change your bookmarks.
  • dregol New Tab can read and change your browsing history.
  • dregol New Tab can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Dregol causes browser redirects to dregol.com and other webpages.
  • Dregol Browser and dregol New Tab bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • Dregol Browser and dregol New Tab is usually packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as Cnet (download.com), Softonic, and others.
  • Dregol browser and dregol New Tab injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
  • Dregol Browser makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program is disabled it will enable itself.

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How to remove Dregol (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove dregol New Tab extension

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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

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2. Search for the dregol New Tab extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.


Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the dregol New Tab add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the dregol New Tab extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Dregol from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

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3. Search for Dregol, Run_Dregol, Dregol Browser, and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove Dregol virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Dregol malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.