New mining malware has been detected by this infection on victims’ computers. The malware is a Trojan Horse by type and is detected as HKTL_COINMINE by TrendMicro malware researchers. The malware also aims to perform multiple different types of activities on the victims computers, including scanning for BitCoin wallets, collecting keystrokes and other malicious activities. It’s primary purpose however is to take calculating power from your ALU (Arithmetic Logical Unit), located in your Central Processor in order to mine for various cryptocurrencies, such as BitCoin and Monero. The malware may also target cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum and others and use the resources of your GPU for this purpose. If you computer has been infected by HTKL_COINMINE malware, we advise you to read the following article and learn how to remove it from your computer completely.
|Type||Crypto Miner Malware|
|Short Description||The end goal of this malware is to mine for Cryptocurrencies, using your computer’s CPU and GPU resources.|
|Symptoms||Having this malware on your PC, results in elevated CPU and GPU 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.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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HKTL_COINMINE Trojan – How Did I Get Infected?
The distribution process of the malicious file, causing the infection of HKTL_COINMINE trojan has been reported to be caused primarily via the file itself arriving on your system if your PC has previously been infected with other malware or if you have downloaded a file unknowingly by visiting malicious websites.
Such websites, may usually be torrent sites or other fake software providing websites, that may trick you into downloading the malicious file, believing it is a legitimate one. Such can be:
- Fake setups of files.
- Key generators.
- Game patches.
- Software license activators.
- Game cracks.
The files may also be uploaded on torrent websites that have poor security and do not check the torrents that are uploaded on them. There have even been cases of the hackers being able to hack into a secure account of reputable torrent uploaders and upload the malware through them as a fake program installer to get more downloads.
Besides these methods, other methods of infection, related to HKTL_COINMINE Trojan may also exist. The virus may be sent to you via e-mail as an attachment, pretending to be a:
- Report of suspicious activity in your PayPal account.
- Banking statement.
To increase trustworthiness in the e-mails, the cyber-criminals may also include convincing messages within the e-mails, like the following example:
HKTL_COINMINE Miner Trojan – Malicious Activity
As soon as you open the malicious file of the HKTL_COINMINE Trojan, the infection takes place silently, wihtout you noticing it. This is due to the fact that the malware may use obfuscation software which conceals it’s infection from any real-time protection definitions by antivirus programs. As soon as an infection takes place, the malware may drop a malicious executable program on one of the following Windows directories:
After the files are dropped, the HKTL_COINMINE malware executes the malicious fiel responsible for the mining process. Besides obtaining permissions as an administrator, this malicious file begins to directly tap into the GPU and CPU and use them to mine a given cryptocurrency. This may result in the process overheating the temperature of your CPU and GPU by setting them to work heavily. You can check for that if you download software, such as CoreTemp(http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/) and cross reference the temperature it shows you with the average temperature of your CPU. This is done with the sole purpose to mine for a cryptocurrency at the expense of your system resources and send the mined hashes to the crypto wallet of the cyber-criminal behind this threat.
In addition to this, since it is a Trojan Horse type of threat, this virus may also perform other activities on the infected computer, such as, collect different information from it:
- Your passwords.
- Your financial information.
- Your system information.
- Your unsecured connection ports.
In addition to collecting data on your PC, the HKTL_COINMINE virus may also perform other malicious activities on your computer:
- Update it’s obfuscation to remain undetected for longer periods on your computer systems.
- Install other crypto mining Trojans.
How to Detect and Remove HKTL_COINMINE Miner Trojan
In order to remove the HKTL_COINMINE miner malware from your computer system, we strongly advise you to focus on removing the malicious files of this malware by following the removal instructions below. They are created to help you get rid of this miner malware by firstly isolating it and then removing it either manually or automatically from your PC. For maximum effectiveness malware researchers strongly advise victims to remove this malware automatically using an advanced anti-malware software.