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Andy Android Emulator Program Detected with Coin Miner Virus

A miner malware for crypto has been detected in the Andy Android Emulator program for Windows after an investigation was performed by it’s user community.

It seems as if the coin miner malware trend is taking the world by storm and with several cryptocurrency miners already infecting legitimate programs the Android Emulator, known as Andy exploded in a matter of hours in terms of user interest. The main reason for that is that a reddit user, going by the nickname TopWire detected a process, known as Updater.exe which starts alongside the Andy emulator, but continues running after you close the program. After careful investigation, it was established that the process runs mining operation by using the GPU of the computers It’s running on and the only way to remove it is by uninstalling Andy Android emulator itself.

What are Cryptocurrency Miners?

Coin miner viruses as many refer thme to are the type of malware which may slow down your computer by taking a huge ammount of processing power from it’s GPU or CPU (or both) in order to mine cryptocurrency tokens, like BitCoin or Monero at the expense of the victim. The symptoms of having the Andy Android miner virus are mainly an Updater.exe process running on your PC which takes a large ammount of your GPU’s power and slows down your computer significantly. Miners may reside unknowingy on PC’s for a long time and if that is left unattended they may even break a computer down.

Andy Android Emulator Miner Virus Because of Developers’ Fault?

According to reports, the issue with this specific miner being incorporated into the ssoftware seems to lie within the Andy developers, who may have either let this happen or incoroporated the “updater” tool in the emulator program, which reportedly sends a download request to download the file of the virus.
The problem has already been featured in several different posts and sub-reddits and users believe that the creators of the Andy software do not seem to want to fixt the issue, as they are going through great extent to conceal it. In addition to this, they have also blocked users who have trying to contect them, like TopWire.

In addition to this, many users have already started removing their Andy Android emulators and migrating to other programs which do not have the same problem.

How to Detect and Remove Miner Viruses?

If you do not know how you can find that there is a miner virus on your computer, you can see our related article which explains more about the different types of miner viruses out there and how you can cope with them as a victim:

Related: Coin Miner Virus – How to Detect and Remove Them

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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