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Ethdcrminer64.exe Ethereum Miner Virus – How to Detect and Remove It

This article has been created in order to help explain what is the purpose of Ethdcrminer64.exe process and how to fully remove it from your computer plus how to restore it back to normal working state.

A new cryptocurrency miner malware has been detected to take advantage of the computers infected by it in order to install Claymore`s Dual Ethereum miner – a software for mining Ethereum, Decred, Siacoin, Lbry, Pascal and other altcoin cryptocurrencies. The malware runs via a process, named ethdcrminer64.exe which is likely to run on 64-bit architecture and having this process on your computer means that your GPU is likely to be ovehreating and your computer’s performance may slow down significantly. What is even more dangerous is that your PC may even malfunction as a result of this malware staying on it for longer periods of time.

Threat Summary

Nameethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware
TypeCryptoCurrency Miner
Short DescriptionAims to infect your computer and use it’s CPU, GPU and other resources to turn it into a miner for cryptocurrencies.
SymptomsHightened CPU and GPU usage and overheating. The victim PC may break if this virus mines for longer periods of time.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Ethdcrminer64.exe Miner Virus – Infection Methods

In order to infect computers, the Ethdcrminer64.exe miner malware may arrive on them via a variety of ways, including pretending to be legitimate software, such as:

  • An executable that aims to pretend that it is a setup of a legitimate program.
  • A fake software license activator.
  • Fake game patch, crack or key generator.

In addition to this, the Ethdcrminer64.exe may also come as a fake e-mail attachment whose primary purpose is to deceive victims into downloading and opening a malicious e-mail attachment, while they believe it is a legitimate one. This may immediately result in multiple different types of activities such as the malware connecting to a remote host and eventually downloading it’s payload, which contains a modified version of the Claymore’s Dual Ethereum GPU Miner, that runs silently in the background. The e-mails may contain deceptive messages within them and their primary goal is to trick the victim into opening the e-mail attachments that are embedded within them. They may appear similarly to the example image below:

Ethdcrminer64.exe Trojan – Malicious Activity

Since the program used by the malware may be v10.3 of Claymore’s Dual Ethereum miner, it may also mine for the following cryptocurrencies, using your PC’s resources:

  • Decred
  • Siacoin
  • Lbry
  • Pascal

The version may include bug fixes and improvements and a clear symptom of having the software on your computer is that it runs in the background and can be spotted on Windows Task Manager as an active executable without a user:

When active, the ethdcrminer64.exe process may take up to 100% of your computer’s resources in order to work. But it’s primary target is the GPU of your computer which cannot be detected via Task Manager. So you can either download GPU temperature tracking software to see if your GPU is overheating or simply see if your cooling fans are running on 100% to try to cope with the high temperature that the mining process generates.

The main activity of ethdcrminer64.exe is to connect your computer to a so-called mining pool and from there to begin to mine for one of various cryptocurrencies. Since the cyber-criminal who is behind this miner malware, utilizing Claymore’s legitimate mining tool may have infected other computers as well all of the infections may lead to his wallet and the more computers are infected, the more tokens are generated for the cyber-crook. In addition to this, it is extremely dangerous if this miner remains for longer periods on your computer, because it may damage the internal components, so it’s removal is strongly advisable.

Another important reason why you should remove the ethdcrminer64.exe malware as fast as possible is that since it is malware after all, it may also have Trojan Horse capabilities. This means that the ethdcrminer64.exe virus may be able to:

  • Log your keystrokes, using a keylogging software.
  • Steal files directly from your computer system.
  • Obtain various different types of passwords and logins from your PC.
  • Take screenshots on your computer.

Ethdcrminer64.exe – Detection and Removal Instructions

In order to detect this miner malware on your PC, all you have to do is see it’s process running on your Windows Task Manager, or if the malware has somehow managed to hide the process to use third-party process tracking program, like Process Explorer which displays all processes on your PC with detailed information.

If you detect ethdcrminer64.exe running in the background of your computer system, recommendations are to focus on following the removal instructions down below. They are specifically designed to allow you to fully erase any traces of ethdcrminer64.exe malware on your computer. However, for maximum effectiveness and since this malware may create various files that are unwanted plus it may copy itself multiple times to prevent manual removal, a more automatic approach is required. Malware researchers and security experts often recommend using an advanced anti-malware software to fully erase any activity and objects created by ethdcrminer64.exe on your computer plus protect your computer against any future threats as well.

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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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How to Remove ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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.


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Erase ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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.



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Uninstall ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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.



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Remove ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ethcrminer64.exe Miner Malware will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate ethcrminer64.exe Miner 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.


1 Comment

  1. AvatarSuperWaffleKitty

    you do realize this may be misleading since people intentionally download that program on their own computers to mine crypto-currency for themselves.

    Reply

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