What is DreamTrip?
DreamTrip software is classified as adware because it serves various advertisements. Note that there are many apps of type that are designed to serve ads and gather information. Typically, users download and install adware-type apps inadvertently and, for this reason, they are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Research shows that this particular app is distributed via a malicious installer.
In most cases, programs such as DreamTrip serve banners, coupons, pop-ups, surveys, and other types of ads. When clicked, these often open untrusted websites. In some cases, they execute scripts that cause download or even installation of unwanted software.
Adware-type applications can also gather browsing data. For example, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses and other browsing-related information. Some can access sensitive information (e.g., passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details) as well.
The developers sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users who have programs such as DreamTrip installed on their computers and/or browsers could become victims of identity theft, experience issues relating to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues.
Therefore, never download or install DreamTrip or other adware-type apps.
|Name||Ads by DreamTrip|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.|
|Detection Names (Malicious Installer)||Avast (Win32:DropperX-gen [Drp]), AVG (FileRepMetagen [Malware]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Packed.SilentInstallBuilder.A Suspicious), Kaspersky (Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Upatre.ivum), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Detection Names (DreamTrip)||Malwarebytes (PUP.Optional.PQwick), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of apps similar to DreamTrip are Chromium Shield, Shop Together and Product Connecter. These adware-types all serve advertisements and collect browsing-related or even sensitive information - they are useless to regular users and designed only to generate revenue for the developers.
How did adware install on my computer?
The installer for DreamTrip is distributed via another, malicious installer. Therefore, whoever designed the malicious installer uses it to trick people into installing DreamTrip without their knowledge. PUAs are also downloaded/installed together with other products.
This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation of software (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using "Quick/Express" settings, etc.) many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. When clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without users' permission. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages from which they can be downloaded.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download files and programs from official websites and via direct download links. Other tools and sources such as third party downloaders and installers, unofficial pages, and Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients) should not be used to download or install software.
Check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (or available checkboxes) for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Do not click ads on dubious websites, since they can be designed to open bogus web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and software of this kind from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Malicious installer used to distribute installer for DreamTrip:
Installer for DreamTrip:
Update 7 January 2021 - Criminals have released a variant of DreamTrip adware disguised as an application called HappyNewYear. This name is used in both Program Files directory and the list of installed applications.
Screenshot of the disguised DreamTrip adware in Program Files:
Screenshot of DreamTrip adware disguised as HappyNewYear in the list of installed applications:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is DreamTrip?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications (e.g., "ses version", "RearRips"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes DreamTrip redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dreamtrip, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by dreamtrip removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dreamtrip, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by dreamtrip, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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