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.DREAM File Virus – Remove It and Restore Files

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This article provides instructions on how to remove .DREAM file virus and presents alternative data recovery methods.

The name .DREAM file virus belongs to a newly discovered variant of GlobeImposter ransomware. The threat aims to encode files carriers of important information. Its name is associated with the specific extension it appends to each encrypted file .DREAM. After encryption the ransomware drops a ransom note on the compromised device. The note blackmails victims into contacting hackers by using a given email address – dream_dealer@aol(.)com. Hackers demand a ransom in exchange for .DREAM files decryption tool.

Threat Summary

Name DREAM file virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware virus encrypts files on your PC and drops a ransom note that demands payment for the decryption of .DREAM files.
Symptoms This ransomware will encrypt your files and then append the extension .DREAM on every encrypted file.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable Files
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.DREAM File Virus – Distribution

The malicious script that infects the system with .DREAM file virus could be spread across the net via various techniques. Hackers may try to trick you into infecting your system with the ransomware by sending you a spam email message which contains the malicious payload. Such emails may pose as representatives of popular services, websites or even governmental institutions. The emails usually attempt to provoke a sense of urgency and make you more prone to infect yourself with .DREAM ransomware.

Usually, the ransomware payload is hidden in an attached file or in the code of a web page link to which is presented in the text message. So if you download and open the infected file attachment or load the compromised web page in your web browser you will unintentionally trigger the ransomware payload on your system.

Social media and file-sharing sites may also be used for the delivery of .DREAM virus payload.

.DREAM File Virus – Infection Flow

The analyses conducted by security researchers reveal that .DREAM crypto virus is an infection that belongs to the GlobeImposter ransomware family. The threat has been released in active attack campaigns against online users worldwide.

.DREAM file virus is a complex threat that can compromise your operating system along with your important data. Once its payload is started on your PC it initiates a sequence of malicious actions. At first, it needs to create additional malicious files that support the completion of the attack. To do this, the ransomware may connect to its command and control server and drop some additional files on the computer. Those malicious files may be located in some important Windows folders like:

  • %AppData%
  • %Temp%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Common%
  • %System32%

The ransomware may then access the Registry Editor to add malicious values under some specific sub-keys. It is likely that the threat is designed to corrupt the Run and RunOnce sub-keys as they manage the automatic execution of main system processes and startup programs on each system start. By adding malicious values under these keys .DREAM crypto virus ensures its persistent presence on the system.

Afterward, the threat drops a ransom note file How_to_back_files.html on the system. The text in this file does not provide information about the amount of the demanded ransom. There is only an option of contacting hackers at the email address dream_dealer@aol.com. You can send hackers one encrypted file and test their decryption tool. To obtain their decryption tool you should pay crooks a ransom fee.

Here is the text of their ransom message:

YOUR PERSONAL ID

ENGLISH

YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!

TO DECRYPT, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

To recover data you need decryptor.
To get the decryptor you should:

Send 1 crypted test image or text file or document to dream_dealer@aol.com
(Or alternate mail dream_dealer@india.com)
In the letter include your personal ID (look at the beginning of this document).
We will give you the decrypted file and assign the price for decryption all files

After we send you instruction how to pay for decrypt and after payment you will receive a decryptor and
instructions We can decrypt one file in quality the evidence that we have the decoder.
MOST IMPORTANT!!!

Do not contact other services that promise to decrypt your files, this is fraud on their part! They will buy a decoder from us, and you will pay more for his services. No one, except greenpeace_wtf@aol.com, will decrypt your files.

Only dream_dealer@aol.com can decrypt your files
Do not trust anyone besides dream_dealer@aol.com
Antivirus programs can delete this document and you can not contact us later.
Attempts to self-decrypting files will result in the loss of your data
Decoders other users are not compatible with your data, because each user‘s unique encryption key

.DREAM virus how_to_back_files.html ransom note

Treat hackers’ promises with caution because there is no guarantee that their decryptor is able to decrypt your .DREAM files. Thus, it is recommended to avoid paying the ransom and try to deal with the problem with the help of some reliable and secure means.

.DREAM File Virus – Data Encryption

The .DREAM file virus utilizes strong cipher algorithm to encrypt predefined file types. First, the ransomware scans the system for files that are likely to store valuable information such as documents, videos, pictures, text files, databases, projects and other. Then it transforms their code and renders them unusable.

As the crypto virus modifies the original code of target files they become completely out of order after encryption. All encrypted files receive the specific extension .DREAM at the end of their names. Corrupted files remain unusable until a proper solution is applied for their recovery.

To prevent one of the available data recovery options, .DREAM ransomware deletes all Shadow Volume Copies stored in the Windows Operating System.

Remove Ransomware – Restore .DREAM Files

.DREAM file virus is a nasty infection that should be removed from the infected machine as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will keep obstructing regular access to valuable information. Only after the complete removal of all files and objects associated with .DREAM ransomware, the device can be used regularly again.

Тo remove .DREAM crypto virus just follow the step-by-step removal guide below which provides both manual and automatic approaches. Due to the complexity of ransomware code, security researchers recommend the help of advanced anti-malware tool.

Once you complete the removal, you could navigate to the alternative data recovery approaches presented in the guide. They may be useful for the restore of some .DREAM files. Be advised to back up all encrypted files to an external drive before you proceed with the recovery process.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove DREAM file virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DREAM file virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall DREAM file virus and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DREAM file virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by DREAM file virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for DREAM file virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by DREAM file virus.

Ransomware infections and DREAM file virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of DREAM file virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall DREAM file virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to DREAM file virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to DREAM file virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to DREAM file virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove DREAM file virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as DREAM file virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by DREAM file virus.

Ransomware infections and DREAM file virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


DREAM file virus FAQ

What is DREAM file virus ransomware and how does it work?

DREAM file virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does DREAM file virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.DREAM file virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of DREAM file virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .DREAM file virus files?

You can't. At this point the .DREAM file virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .DREAM file virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by DREAM file virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".DREAM file virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .DREAM file virus files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of DREAM file virus ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate DREAM file virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .DREAM file virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like DREAM file virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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