With the rise of Cryptocurrencies, malware is also evolving. One such example is the Bitcoinminer.sx virus which infects your computer and runs mining software stealthily to take from your CPU resources in order to mine the cryptocurrency BitCoin. The virus may run a hidden process in your Windows Task Manager so that you cannot see it, making the removal of the application difficult. If you want to remove Bitcoinminer.sx completely from your computer, we strongly recommend reading this article.
|Short Description||After infection mines for the cryptocurrency BitCoin on victims computers.|
|Symptoms||Elevated usage of your CPU.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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Bitcoinminer.sx – How Does It Infect
Similar to notorious miner Trojans, like Adylkuzz, the Bitcoinminer.sx infection may infect your computer via several methods. One is via a malicious script ran directly on a website that installs the application either on your web browser or on your computer system.
Another trick used by the ones running Bitcoinminer.sx is to send you an e-mail, pretending to be legitimate one and in it contain the infection file. This file is usually masked as a legitimate type of file, like:
- An Invoice.
- Banking statement.
- A purchase letter for a product.
The attachment is usually accompanied by a malicious message which aims to convince you that the attachment is important and you should download an open it. An example of such e-mail can be seen below:
Bitcoinminer.sx Malware – More Information
When the malicious application Bitcoinminer.sx is dropped on your computer it may drop an executable file, that is configured to mine the cryptocurrency BitCoin from your computer. The file may be dropped in the following Windows folders:
The file may also be dropped in a completely random folder with a changed name so that it cannot be easily found. As soon as the malicious file of Bitcoinminer.sx is dropped on your computer, it is automatically executed in the Windows Task Manager. If it is visible, you may see it running as a process that takes more than 80% of your CPU. This is because the miner uses the resources of your computer’s processor in order to solve complex mathematical problems and mine BitCoin. However, to mine it, it also establishes a connection via an unsecured web port on your computer, so the first step to stopping Bitcoinminer.sx is to immediately stop your internet connection.
This is not always the case, however since this virus may obtain administrative permissions to do the mining while remaining hidden. In addition to this, the Bitcoinminer.sx may perform other malicious activities on your computer, such as:
- Install other miners.
- Update itself.
- Collect keystrokes from your system.
- Collect information about your IP address, network, antivirus installed and other system data.
These reasons are more than enough for experts to advise that you immediately remove Bitcoinminer.sx malware from your computer if you have detected it.
Remove Bitcoinminer.sx you’re your Windows PC
If your system has been infected by this virus, it is strongly recommended to follow the removal instructions below. They are created to help you in the removal of this malware, by firstly isolating it and then hunting it down either manually or automatically. For maximum effectiveness malware, researchers and security analysts advise scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware tool which will remove Bitcoinminer.sx swiftly and automatically and ensure future protection as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Bitcoinminer.sx from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Bitcoinminer.sx from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Bitcoinminer.sx from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Bitcoinminer.sx from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Bitcoinminer.sx from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Bitcoinminer.sx from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Bitcoinminer.sx from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Bitcoinminer.sx from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Bitcoinminer.sx
Step 2: Uninstall Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Bitcoinminer.sx from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx 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 Bitcoinminer.sx will be removed.
Eliminate Bitcoinminer.sx 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.