A new Trojan horse that is also a cryptocurrency miner has been detected by Symantec malware researchers recently. The malware aims to create a process, which aims to mine for anonymous cryptocurrencies, like Monero and BitCoin at the expense of your computer’s resources. As a result of this, not only does the Downloader.Miner Trojan overuse the components of your computer, but the program may also break some of the components in your PC as a result of running actively in it. If you have seen detections of Downloader.Miner Trojan on your PC and want to make sure this threat is fully gone from it, we advise that you read the following article.
|Type||Trojan Horse/CryptoCurrency Miner|
|Short Description||Silently infects your computer after which begins to mine for cryptocurrencies via a fake executable process..|
|Symptoms||A fake version of svchost.exe running actively in your Task Manager.|
|Distribution Method||Malicious web links, Malicious Files, Malicious E-Mails|
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Downloader.Miner – How Does It Infect
The primary methods of infection which can be conducted in association with Downloader.Miner may involve both malicious web links and malicious files. Such can both be included in spammed e-mail messages, whose primary purpose is to fool inexperienced users into opening them. An example of such cunningly designed spam e-mail can be seen below:
Besides e-mail attachments, the spammed e-mails that may carry around the infection file of the Downloader.Miner Trojan may also exist in the form of a malicious link to which the user is redirected via one or more redirects after clicking on it. Such links can exist on suspicious websites and can even be sent to you via e-mail, like the fake PayPal e-mail underneath:
In addition to this, the Downloader.Miner Trojan may also be uploaded on suspicious software providing websites, pretending to be:
- Game patch or crack.
- Software license activator.
- Fake setup of a driver or other type of program.
Downloader.Miner – More Information and Analysis
Downloader.Miner is another one of those silent online threats that may exist in different forms and whose primary purpose is to mine silently for cryptocurrencies and generate profits to cyber-criminals at the user’s expence. This procedure may result in multiple negative consequences on your computer, including that your CPU and GPU (video card and processor) may break down completely.
Once the Downloader.Miner has been executed on your computer, the program creates the following files on your Windows directory:
In addition to this, the program may also created the following Windows Registry sub-keys and add registry value strings with data on them:
→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SvcHost Service Host
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Run\25 70 7D 5A 00 00 00 00
The Trojan horse may also use it’s Trojanized svchost.exe process in order to connect to a randomly named domain and download the following .wsf file on the infected computer system:
The Downloader.Miner also deletes the following file in the %Temp% folder:
In addition to this, the Downloader.Miner also runs a crypto miner program which may have started out as a legitimate mining app, connecting you to a pool, but it’s code may have been altered so that it serves it’s malicious purposes. The mining procedure may be performed by the fake svchost.exe process which may be using over 90% of your CPU and may also overuse your GPU in order to mine for cryptocurrencies. These types of cryptocurrencies are anonymous ones, like Monero and Bitcoin, which are primarily used for malicious purposes nowadays. The side effects of this mining operations are the cyber-criminals behind this virus to become rich with the increasing number of PC’s they infect while your computer begins to stutter, freeze and it may even break down due to the components` overusage.
Remove Downloader.Miner Effectively from Windows
In order to fully get rid of this cryptocurrency miner Trojan, we advise you to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are made so that they help you to isolate and then delete the Downloader.Miner Trojan either manually or automatically. If manual removal represents difficulty for you, experts always advise to perform the removal automatically by running an anti-malware scan via specific software on your PC. Such anti-malware program aims to make sure that the Downloader.Miner is fully gone and your Windows OS stays safe against any future malware infections.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Downloader.Miner Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Downloader.Miner Trojan from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Downloader.Miner Trojan from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Downloader.Miner Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Downloader.Miner Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Downloader.Miner Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Downloader.Miner Trojan from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Downloader.Miner Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Downloader.Miner Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Downloader.Miner Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan 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 Downloader.Miner Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Downloader.Miner Trojan 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.