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HKTL_COINMINE Malware – How to Remove It From Your Computer

This article aims to help you by showing you how to fully remove the HKTL_COINMINE malware from your computer and how to prevent it from mining cryptocurrencies using your system resources.

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.

Threat Summary

Name HKTL_COINMINE Malware
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.
  • Receipt.
  • Invoice.
  • 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:

  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%
  • %AppData%
  • %Local%

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(https://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.

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How to Remove HKTL_COINMINE Malware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove HKTL_COINMINE Malware

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE Malware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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.

stf-safari-extensions


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 HKTL_COINMINE 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 HKTL_COINMINE 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.


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