A brand new Monero mining malware, called CryptoLoot has been detected to use script from the website Coinhive in order to mine for the monero malware. The virus has unique features in that it runs an executable in the background of your computer in order to mine it for the cryptocurrency Monero. If you suspec that your computer has been infected by the CryptoLoot Coinhive Monero Miner malware, we strongly advise you to focus on reading this article in order to learn how to remove the CryptoLoot Monero miner from your computer completely.
|Type||Cryptocurrency Miner Trojan|
|Short Description||The end goal of this malware is to mine for the Cryptocurrency Monero, using your computer’s CPU and GPU resources.|
|Symptoms||Having this malware on your PC, results in elevated CPU(Central Processor) and GPU(Video Card) usage by it’s malicious process. If it remains on your computer for longer periods of time, the virus may even break your computer’s components. It may fry your CPU if it stays for longer periods of time.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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CryptoLoot Monero Miner Malware – How Does It Infect
In order to infect computers, this mining malware does ot differ so much when compared to other Trojan Horses, only by the fact that it’s configured to mine. The infection may come on your PC after you have downloaded one of the following executable files:
- Fake setups.
- License activators for software.
- Game patches or game cracks.
- Other suspicious programs.
Other methods by which you could also become a victim of the CryptoLoot Monero miner is if you download a malicius e-mail attachment. Since most e-mails block such, cyber-crooks obfuscate the attachments in either .ZIP or .RAR archives which are also the main reason why the Coinhive Monero miner may enter your PC undetected. The attachments may fool you into thinking they are a legitimate document, like:
- Purchase receipt.
- Invoice for a product your may not have bought.
- Banking statement of your banking activity.
- Report of unauthorized login on your account on a given website.
And the messages that accompany those e-mail attachments are also deceitful in that they further aim to convince you to open the malicious attachments. One example can be seen from the image below:
Besides attached directly to the e-mail, the files spreading the CryptoLoot Monero mining malware maya also be dropped on your computer as a result of you becoming infected with other viruses, such as a Trojan.Downloader.
CryptoLoot Monero Miner Malware – Malicious Activity
No matter the method via which it happens, once you are deceived into opening the malicious file, spreading CryptoLoot, infection takes place in the background and you do not notice it. This is because the main malicious file of this virus is obfuscated and it cannot be conventionally detected by antivirus programs, especially if they are not updated with latest definitions. After infection, CryptoLoot Monero miner drops It’s malicious payload on the victim’s computer and it may be named with different names and located in the following Windows system folders:
After the payload is dropped, the CryptoLoot miner executable may be executed. It immediately connects to what Is known as mining pool. Such pools combine many computers to mine for the Monero cryptocurrency and divide the profit from generating Monero by dividing it equally among the cryptocurrency wallets of the users in the mining pool. In this case, your PC may mine for Monero cryptocurrency for a wallet of user in a pool in the Coinhive site.
The mining process works in a very particular way. The procedure includes hashes, which are complex mathematical problems and the blockchain network uses your CPU and GPU power to calculate those hashes via their calculation components. This results in hashes being generated. When a certain block size of hashes is complete, 1 Monero is generated. This takes time and this is why CryptoLoot malware aims to stay on your computer for as long as possible while remaining undetected.
Furthermore, CryptoLoot Monero miner Trojan may also perform other activities on your computer:
- Update itself to remain undetected.
- Track you keystrokes.
- Take screenshots from your computer.
- Collect the passwords which you have saved on your web browser.
- Obtain administrative permissions.
- Collect system information from your computer.
Remove CryptoLoot Monero Miner from Your PC
For the removal process of this virus, you can follow the removal instructions located down below. They aim to help you isolate this malware and then locate and remove it from your computer system. If manual instructions feel like they may take some time and you feel uncertain in following them, security experts always outline to use an advanced anti-malware software for removing CryptoLoot Monero miner and other malware. This is because automatic removal via such program is not only very fast, but also aims to protect your computer against future infections as well.