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Remove Screen Dream (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Jun 2020

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as | Type: Browser Hijackers

Screen Dream browser hijacker is a rogue NewTab that promotes MySearch virus virus image

Screen Dream is a freeware classified as a browser hijacker as it piggybacks on free apps and actively pushes additional offers of Mysearch search site. Developed by APN, LCC is promoted as a useful Chrome New Tab Extension for watching new trailers in a convenient way. However, the service of this NewTab is oriented to affiliate marketing, so it's not very likely to be of use for the end-user. In contrast, this third-party tool seeks to take full control over a web browser and start generating altered search results. 

Disregarding the way of installation, Screen Dream virus replaces a default start page and search provider with or and starts generating Google-based search results that contain links to sponsored websites. Moreover, it injects tracking cookies to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or another web browser to read users' browsing history. The primary intention of this dubious NewTab is to generate pay-per-click revenue and increase visitors' rate to misleading third-party websites, thus using it poses a risk of exposing your machine to potentially dangerous websites. 

Name Screen Dream
Also known as
Related malware Mysearch engine
Classification Browser hijacker / Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)
Distribution Chrome Web Store, Google Play Store, third-party download websites, freeware bundles
Symptoms Alteration of web browser's settings: nee start page, search engine, new tab window, toolbars. In addition to setting changes, it generates suspicious advertisements and triggers redirects

Those who intend to install the Screen Dream NewTab for Chrome believing that it's going to improve the experience of web browsing should think twice before doing that. This dubious program has been developed by APN, LCC company, which is infamous for the production of potentially unwanted programs that are basically used by third parties for affiliate marketing. 

The official download website on Chrome Web Store informs the potential users about the changes that it's going to initiate (an excerpt below[1]). However, Screen Dream browser hijacker is most frequently downloaded as a component of other free applications, so the information about its intention to set MYsearch as a search engine or read and change data on random websites is not explicitly disclosed. 

Read and change your data on a number of websites
Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
Read your browsing history
Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

Although the Screen Dream virus is not the best term to describe a Chrome NewTab extension, cybersecurity experts from do not recommend relying on this application due to the trustworthiness of its affiliates. These parties may try to push misleading content and make people visit scam websites. 

Screen Dream redirects pose a risk of exposing your machine to websites that contain fake software update ads or hyperlinks rerouting traffic to rogue websites where you can get another cyber infection without realizing that. Moreover, browsing cookies that it renders are actively harvesting people's IP addresses, search queries, geolocation, and other information that can be used for tailoring more appealing advertising content. 

Anyway, it's not advisable to use this ad-supported browser hijacker. Screen Dream removal is the only way to protect your machine from other cyber threats, as well as avoid exposure of some personally identifiable details to untrustworthy parties. Decontamination of this search is not difficult and can be performed manually, but we strongly recommend taking advantage of a professional AV engine because it maybe not the only malware hiding on the machine. 

Screen Dream PUPScreen Dream PUP can be downloaded from Chrome Web Store and shady websites in a freeware bundle

Besides, do not underestimate the need for the system's recovery after Screen Dream virus removal. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool or similar application that would be capable of resetting Windows registries and other components the distortion of which may trigger BSODs and system errors. 

Web browser's redirects to mean that malware is hiding on your machine

Screen Dream virus operates as a fraudulent search engine that claims to help find movie trailers online. Despite the attractive appearance, it is classified as a potentially unwanted program by many security experts. It can not only hijack your browser but also track your browsing activity by placing tracking cookies.

Note that web browsers can start initiating redirects to the website where the installer of the Screen Dream new tab Chrome extension is provided all of a sudden. This may happen if a potentially unwanted program takes over your regular browser and sets itself as a primary search provider.

In many cases, the virus settles down on the machine via questionable download managers or PDF converters that enable notifications and start actively promoting malware. 

While some users might find it tolerable, you should be aware that removal is difficult to complete. This browser hijacker doesn't allow you to change your homepage, new tab URL, and default search engine to your preferred one. As a result, you can only browse through this fraudulent search engine.

If that is not enough Screen Dream virus can alter the delivered search results to fulfill them with sponsored ads. It might be dangerous to your computer since malware-laden ads are a real threat to your system security. If you are tricked to click on them, there is a high possibility to install malware and other high-risk computer infections. browser spreads as Screen Dream extension for Chrome and aims to take over it.

Additionally, it can put your privacy in danger — hijacker places tracking cookies to collect various information like IP address, clicked ads, browsing history, etc[2]. Even though experts categorize this data as personally non-identifiable, you can manually submit valuable information to the address bar and identify yourself. 

Therefore, do not risk your computer's security and your own privacy. We recommend you remove with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or a similar tool and use the instructions below to uninstall its components. Afterward, you will be able to reset Chrome settings and enjoy the hijacker-free system.

Dishonest developers distribute browser hijackers in software-bundles

Usually, people are tricked to manually install the potentially unwanted program since developers put them inside the installers of regular applications. The most common software-bundles which hide the hijacker inside is Audio/Video converters, PDF converters, or system optimization tools[3].

You can avoid letting the potentially unwanted program in by choosing Advanced or Custom settings. They fully disclose the information about the browser hijacker in the pre-selected “Get XXX browser hijacker now” marks. You should de-select them and use reputable security software for additional protection.

Nevertheless, people should also be careful when downloading the applications from such well-known sources as Chrome Web Store or Google Play Store because they offer hundreds of crapware as well, which can alter web browser's settings and cause many difficulties to reset those changes afterward. 

Ways to eliminate virus from your system

While there are two methods to remove from your computer, we suggest you choose an automatic elimination. Browser hijackers are sneaky programs that might hide their components and prevent you from deleting them.

Screen Dream virus

However, note that removal requires to uninstall all related entries. Therefore, it might be difficult for an inexperienced PC user. Pick any security software of the ones mentioned below and run a full system scan. 

Later, use the instructions below to uninstall Screen Dream extension and clean your system entirely. According to the experts from[4], people tend to rush and skip many steps of the guide. This may lead to computer damage or unsuccessful PUP removal. Thus, make sure to follow the guidelines attentively.

However, it's not sufficient to remove Screen Dream main installer to stop unwanted redirects and advertising. This browser hijacker might have installed additional PUPs that may also display sponsored ads or control some settings. Therefore, a thorough system check with a reliable security tool is recommended. Finally, post malware recovery of the system is recommended with a tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

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To remove Screen Dream, follow these steps:

Erase Screen Dream from Windows systems

Windows users should remove the browser hijacker by uninstalling ScreenDream extension.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Screen Dream and related programs
    Here, look for Screen Dream or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Screen Dream from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of Screen Dream from Mac OS X system

To remove virus from Mac you must delete related elements as well.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Screen Dream from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Screen Dream-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Screen Dream, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Screen Dream and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Screen Dream-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Screen Dream from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Screen Dream and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Screen Dream removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Screen Dream from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Screen Dream-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Screen Dream from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Screen Dream and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Screen Dream removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Screen Dream from Google Chrome

Fix Chrome by uninstalling ScreenDream extension and resetting your browser afterwards.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Screen Dream and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Screen Dream removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Screen Dream from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Screen Dream or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Screen Dream, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Screen Dream removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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