This article has been created in order to explain what is the CoinImp miner malware and how to remove it from your web browser and your computer.
|Short Description||Uses your CPU and GPU’s power in order to mine for coins from the cryptocurrency Monero.|
|Symptoms||Your computer will start to slow down as a result of your web browser taking a lot of your computer’s resources, due to the script, using it as a mule for mining.|
|Distribution Method||Via potentially unwanted programs or websites you should not have visited.|
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CoinImp Coin Miner – How Did I Get Infected
First of all, you have to understand that the CoinImp Coin Miner is not a file that is on your hard drive. The malware is actually a script which is taking advantage of your Web Browser and this includes all commonly used web browsers, like:
- Mozilla Firefox.
- Google Chrome.
- Microsoft Edge.
- Internet Explorer.
- Safari (Yes, It can happen on MacBooks too).
But do not let the fact that CoinImp is a script on websites fool you that your computer is actually safe – it may just be not. This is because the sole purpose of CoinImp is the following (according to their site):
CoinImp Coin Miner – How Does It Work?
Once you have been connected to the mining pool of CoinImp, the script begins to use your web browser as a way to tap into your GPU and CPU. You may immediately notice this as your web browser may start to cause your computer to slow down and freeze. This is because the CoinImp miner is already taking up a lot of your CPU and GPU’s resources, as we have detected it to do in the screenshot underneath:
This is a clever strategy for the CoinImp cryptocurrency miner to do, because the malware uses the legitimate web browser’s .exe file, which is not blocked by any antivirus program – really smart.
In reality, what the CoinImp miner does by taking over your CPU and GPU’s power is to establish an active connection with a so-called cryptocurrency mining pool. Such connection lists your computer on the behalf of one wallet, tied to all the affected computers – the hacker’s Monero wallet. From there, things become clearer – the crypto-miner uses the power of many affected computers to perform the so-called hashing algorithm. Such mining pools often work as many miners are connected to one mining pool and they are rewarded based on how much mining power they have. This means that the more computers are affected and linked to one miner wallet (the hacker’s), the more money they will make on unsuspecting users’ processor and video card resources.
And this is not the only danger of having CoinImp on your computer. If the miner is installed as a result of a Trojan horse running on your computer and connecting it by force to the mining pool, you may not notice the virus as a web browser process, but rather a shady .exe running active on your Windows Task Manager. And if malware has indeed infected your PC, there is not a symptom that gives the malware away, only the miner. And this is where the actual danger may be, because besides mining for Monero, a CoinImp miner Trojan may also do more damage than you can possibly imagine:
- Infect other computers on your network.
- Download other malware on your PC.
- Update itself to stay undetected.
- Log the keystrokes you type on your keyboard.
- Take screenshots of your screen.
- Steal files, passwords and financial details from your PC.
This is more than enough for you to take actions towards securing your computer in case it has been affected by the CoinImp miner malware.
Remove CoinImp Miner Malware and Protect Your PC
In order to remove this cryptocurrency miner, a simple blacklisting of a website may not work for you, because your PC may be infected with malware. This is why, to be on the safe side, you should check your web browser for any malicious browser extensions and check your file system for malicious files and also check your Windows Registry editor for malicious registry entries. You can do this either manually by following the manual instructions underneath or automatically by simply downloading an advanced anti malware software which has the capability to fully eradicate any possible presence of CoinImp miner on your computer and make sure that you OS stays safe against future intrusive software and websites.
- Guide 1: How to Remove CoinImp from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CoinImp from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CoinImp from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CoinImp from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CoinImp from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CoinImp from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CoinImp from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove CoinImp from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CoinImp
Step 2: Uninstall CoinImp 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by CoinImp on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by CoinImp there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CoinImp from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CoinImp and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 CoinImp 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove CoinImp files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CoinImp, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove CoinImp from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase CoinImp from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall CoinImp from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove CoinImp from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the CoinImp will be removed.
Eliminate CoinImp from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.