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JS/CoinMiner.F Miner Virus – How to Remove It from Your PC

This article has been created in order to help explain what is JS/CoinMiner.F malware and how to remove it fully from your computer system.

New variant of the JS/CoinMiner malware has been detected to infect computer via malicious websites which have it embedded. The detection is JS/CoinMiner.F and is a variant of the Coin Miner malware. Such viruses utilize the CPU and GPU resources of an infected system in order to generate cryptocurrency tokens from the likes of Monero and BitCoin and all of this is at the expense of the victim. In the even that you have detected the JS/CoinMiner malware, we advise you to immediately remove it, preferrably by following the removal instructions below.

Threat Summary

NameJS/CoinMiner.F
TypeJavaScript Miner Malware
Short DescriptionWhen this malware infects your computer, it may begin to use your central processor and video card’s resources in order to mine for the cryptocurrencies BitCoin or Monero.
SymptomsNo symptoms besides your CPU and GPU becoming overheated, as this malware tries to stay undetectable for longer periods of time.
Distribution MethodVia compromised websites or sites that embedded it.
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JS/CoinMiner.F – How Did I Get It

The JS/CoinMiner viruses are replicated via more than one method, but one thing is clear – JavaScript attack is imminent. Such malicious JavaScript malware family is not spread via just one method. The viruses are replicated via more than one method, but one thing is clear – JavaScript attack is imminent. Such malicious JavaScript code is used in order to perform a malicious infection via websites that have it embedded in their code. When you visit the website, the code is automatically activated and after this, the malware begins to mine for the cryptocurrency at the expense of your computer’s resources. Such websites, have so far been detected to be primarily dubious sites of suspicious nature, copycat sites of legitimate ones and even torrent websites, like KickassTorrents and ThePirateBay. And since tradition browsers and OS antivirus cannot ensure perfect protection if you have JavaScript enabled on them, the only viable solution so far appears to be an advanced anti-malware software, which uses real-time shield against threats, like JS/CoinMiner.F variant.

JS/CoinMiner.F – Further Information

The JS/CoinMiner malware is the type of threat that may act file-less after it infects your computer. Since it’s primary purpose is to infect your computer automatically, the miner malware may begin to be active immediately after infection. What happens is that the JavaScript code may or may not drop and execute an automated process on your computer as an administrator, which happens without your consent. This process begins running in the background of your computer system and the only method to detect it is if you see elevated CPU or GPU usage and elevated temperatures. Physically, this can be noticed if your system cooling ventilator becomes active and begins to make a lot of noise.

Once active, the script of this miner malware is often configured to connect to a so-called mining pool, whose primary purpose is to make it so that a lot of infected computers by JS/CoinMiner.F which are connected to the same mining wallet of the hackers generate income for it. This results In many negative consequences for your computer, including:

  • Slowing down.
  • Freezing at times.
  • The breakdown of some of it’s components.

In addition to this, since the JS/CoinMiner.F infection is from the type that performs various different malicious activities, like any other malware would do, it may collect different information from your PC as well, such as:

  • Info on any BitCoin wallets.
  • Your passwords and online accounts.
  • Your system information.
  • Your network data.
  • Take screenshots from your PC.
  • Log your keystrokes.

Even thought it has not yet been confirmed, the malware may also have additional script which may help it install other viruses on your computer and allow it to self-update and stay concealed for longer periods of time, even after you believe you have gotten rid of it.

How to Remove JS/CoinMiner.F from Your PC

In order to fully get rid of this unwanted infection from your computer, you should focus on isolating the threat before performing the actual removal. Since manually removing the threat is a time-costly process, we have made several simple instructions below which can help you isolate and delete the JS/CoinMiner threat from your computer effectively.

Malware researchers and cyber security experts often advise to perform an anti-malware scan using advanced malware removal software in order to permanently remove JS/CoinMiner from it plus discover other malware if it is present on your PC and remove all of the malicious objects in it effectively as well as protect your PC against future infections as well.

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How to Remove JS/CoinMiner.F from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove JS/CoinMiner.F

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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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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'.

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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.

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


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Get rid of JS/CoinMiner.F from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F:

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 JS/CoinMiner.F. 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 JS/CoinMiner.F. 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F. 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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".

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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'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the JS/CoinMiner.F 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 JS/CoinMiner.F 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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