The Dream Scan Soft is actually a virus that is classified as a rogue application, and injected in the system without your permission. Once installed, it starts performing the fake scans, and shows that the system have a number of errors and at high risk. However, this is a fake program and all the information is used to threaten the user. When you try to fix these errors through this so called security software, you will be asked to buy the paid version. This is a trap used by the cyber thugs to steal your money along with the financial details including the credit card numbers. This nasty rogue application spreads through the shareware/freeware programs, removable storage devices, hacked websites, and spam email attachments. The Dream Scan Soft corrupts some important system applications including MS Office, default browser, and Adobe Photoshop.
Removal of Dream Scan Soft
After knowing that the system becomes the victim of the Dream Scan Soft, you have to address this issue with complete attention. There are manual as well as automatic methods available in this regard, and you have to select one according to your level of expertise. The automatic removal is a good option for the novice users; whereas, the manual removal is only recommended to the advanced level users, and mentioned below:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
Access to the boot options screen by pressing the F8 key repeatedly, and once the boot options screen is accessed select the safe mode option by using the arrow keys before hitting the Enter key to start the system in the safe mdoe.
End the Malicious Processes
Once you are able to access the safe mode on the system, you can access the windows task manager by holding the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together. As soon as the task manager is visible on the screen, select the processes tab to see the list of processes. Remove the following processes associated with the Dream Scan Soft before closing the task manager window:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].ex
Remove the Associated Data
Once the removal of the processes related to this nasty browser hijacker, you have to remove the following files related to the Dream Scan Soft rogue application from the system files folder:-
- %Desktopdir%\Dream Scan Soft.lnk
- %Programs%\Dream Scan Soft\Dream Scan Soft.lnk
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
In the end, do not forget to clean the windows registry by by removing the associated registry entries of this rogue application. The registry editor can be executed through the Regedit command through Run option of the start menu. Once the registry editor is accessed, get rid of the following associated entries of this virus before closing the registry editor:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Dream Scan Soft\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Dream Scan Soft
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Dream Scan Soft\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Dream Scan Soft\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Dream Scan Soft\DisplayName Dream Scan Soft
Run a complete system scan from the main interface of your antivirus after booting the system in the normal mode.