|Short Description||Aims to mine for various cryptocurrencies on your computer system(one or more), using it’s resources.|
|Symptoms||Your computer is heavily overloaded and you may experience cooling fan noises, system performance slow-downs and interruptions.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious software, previously infected your PC, fake setups and malicious executables, disguised as legitimate ones. Macro infections are also a possibility.|
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JS:MINER Malware – How Does It Spread
In order to infect your computer, the malware primarily uses malicious websites. Such websites may be introduced on your computer as a result of having a Trojan horse or other type of malware or unwanted software previously infected your computer. In addition to this, the JS:MINER malware may also cause an infection by you having to click on a web link believing to be legitimate. Such web links may be concealed in malicious websites as download buttons or sent to you via e-mail, pretending to be legitimate messages with the link, disguised as a “button”, like the malicious e-mail, cleverly disguised as a legitimate Dropbox e-mail.
One of the main infection methods used to infect computers with JS:Miner:C is likely conducted via a Trojan horse, which may land on your computer as a result of a malicious e-mail attachment sent to you via e-mail, like the following.
Another particular infection source of this virus is related to a web link, according to researchers who have reported it on Avast forums.
JS:MINER Malware – Activity
Once it has infected your computer, the JS:MINER malware may come in several different variants, like:
Those are the variants of the malware that have so far been detected, the most prominent of which is the C version of the malware. When it infects your computer, this miner may also drop payload files directly on your computer, since it is classified as a Trojan Horse infection in general:
After the files of the virus are already on your computer, the malware may begin to perform different activities that make it run processes as an administrator on your computer and schedule tasks for automatic execution. This may result in various different activities to occur on your computer:
- It’s CPU usage may increase significantly.
- Increase in GPU utilization.
- It may freeze.
- Significant reduction of its performance.
These are side effects of this virus connecting your computer to a so-called mining pool. Such pools often aim to combine many infected computers by the JS:MINER viruses to the same mining wallet, increasing it’s mining power and hence generating more of the designated cryptocurrency the hackers behind these viruses have created. This results in them generating more cryptocurrency tokens at a smaller time frame as they infect more and more computers in time.
In addition to mining your computer for cryptocurrencies, the JS:MINER malware may also perform other activities on it, such as:
- Take screenshots of your desktop.
- Log your keystrokes.
- Obtain information about BitCoin wallets installed on your computer.
- Steal passwords and registration ID’s.
- Steal system information.
- Steal network information.
Even though it is not known for sure, the malware may do anything to remain hidden on your computer for longer periods of time and this includes updating itself plus downloading other malware or create copies of itself that are on standby in case you delete the original miner file manually. The virus may also perform activities on your computer that may result in JS:MINER mining your computer fileless, in other words by using your web browser without any files that are dropped on your PC.
JS:MINER Virus Family – How to Detect and Remove
In order to detect a JS:MINER virus, it is important that you track the utilization of your CPU and GPU. But, since these viruses are complicated and pretend to not use a significant ammount of your computer’s resources, you should download third-party software, such as CoreTemp and GPUTemp in order to check the actual temperature and usage of your PC’s components, required for mining to take place. If you detect an elevated temperature and usage, reccomendations are to remove JS:MINER from your computer by following the removal instructions down below. They are created in order to help remove JS:MINER either manually or automatically. Furthermore, experts also strongly advise to use an advanced anti-malware software in order to remove JS:MINER, since this will make sure that not only the virus is fully removed but your computer will stay protected against future threats as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove JS:MINER from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of JS:MINER from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove JS:MINER from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase JS:MINER from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall JS:MINER from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove JS:MINER from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate JS:MINER from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove JS:MINER from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove JS:MINER
Step 2: Uninstall JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of JS:MINER from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER 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 JS:MINER will be removed.
Eliminate JS:MINER 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.