Malware has evolved dramatically especially with the latest cryptocurrency trend and new type of viruses that are physically devastating computers have appeared in the wild. The viruses aim to use the resources of your computer in order to mine for anonymous cryptocurrencies which are untraceable. One such virus is the well-known Bitcoin miner, and another one is Digimine which is so evolved that it uses Facebook Messenger to infect victims. The virus can not only attack computers but also smartphones which points out to how dangerous it can be if widespread. The Digmine malware has also been reported by Trend Micro(https://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/digmine-cryptocurrency-miner-spreading-via-facebook-messenger/) researchers to be initially spread in South Korea, according to latest incident reports. The virus is also spread in other regions such as Vietnam, Ukraine and Philippines as well as Thailand and Venezuela. If you believe that your device has been infected by the Digmine malware, recommendations are to focus on removing it immediately using the information provided in this article.
|Type||CryptoCurrency miner malware.|
|Short Description||Enters your computer via Facebook Messages on Google Chrome but may also enter via suspicious apps on mobile devices.|
|Symptoms||Your computer or mobile device is heavily obstructed in terms of performance and can slow down or even break down.|
|Distribution Method||Via Google Chrome extensions and malicious mobile applications.|
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How Does Digmine Spread
In order to be spread, the Digmine malware uses a chain of activities that aim to infect your computer primarily via Google Chrome since the attack begins on Facebook Messenger if you use it on your web browser.
The main attack starting the digimne infection is a fake video sent ove in a .zip file via a user with whom you have recently become friends over on Facebook. The user may not write anything to you except send a suspicious file to your computer, like a file, named “video_4213.zip”, for example. In it there is fake .mp4 file which is actually an executable and after you open it, the infection process is initiated by Digmine. Since Digmine is in fact a downloader type of malware, it first connects to a command and control server and then drops it’s malicious files in the following Windows directory:
→ %AppData%\Your Username
Digmine Malware – Malicious Activity
Since Digimne is a downloader type of infection, the malware’s chain of activities is to firstly connect to a C&C server. From there, Digimne may drop the following files In the %AppData% directory of Windows:
The main malicious activity besides mining for Monero by using your CPU and GPU resources is to also spread furhter onto other computer by send the same fake video file via your Messenger, if installed on your PC. So if you see weird websites like the following fake video website, called “Alien Woman on Mars”, there is a good chance that you have the Digmine infection on your computer:
In addition to this, if you see that you have sent messages to your friends of a video via Facebook Messenger, it is recommended to immediately warn them not to open the .ZIP file, since this is the main method of propagation of this malware and could help preventing it to spread further.
Remove Digmine Malware Fully from Your Computer
In order to remove this malware from your PC, it is strongly advisable to focus on following the removal instructions down below. They are divided in mobile and PC removal instructions and can help you remove this malware either manually or automatically. For maximum effectiveness it is recommended to use the automatic approach and download advanced anti-malware protection in order to scan for and fully erase all malicious objects of Digmine malware from your computer or smartphone.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Digmine Malware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Digmine Malware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Digmine Malware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Digmine Malware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Digmine Malware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Digmine Malware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Digmine Malware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Digmine Malware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Digmine Malware
Step 2: Uninstall Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Digmine Malware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Digmine Malware, 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 Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware 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 Digmine Malware will be removed.
Eliminate Digmine Malware 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.