New miner malware has been detected to install the program Minergate on the computers of victims. The program aims to mine for cryptocurrencies on your computer while crediting the mined tokens to the wallets of the hackers behind the virus. The minergate.exe file itself is not malicious and can be downloaded from the official website of Minergate, however there are many hackers which exploit the good reputation of those files to infect your computer and use it for cryptocurrency mining under the radar of any antivirus programs which may be installed on it.
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|Type||Trojan Horse/Cryptocurrency miner.|
|Short Description||Aims to mine for different cryptocurrencies at the expense of the victim’s CPU and GPU power.|
|Symptoms||The main symptoms are minergate.exe running as an active process on your computer and taking power from your CPU and GPU, thus slowing down your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Via clicking on malicious web links or malicious files.|
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Minergate.exe Win32.Bazon Trojan – Infection
In order to infect as many devices they possibly can, the cyber-criminals who are behind the minergate.exe Trojan horse may take advantage of inexperienced users and send the malicious executable file as a fake document via e-mail. Usually such e-mails are made very cleverly to trick you into believing that the attached document is real. Here is one very well disguised example of a malicious spam e-mail which contains malware, like the Win32.Bazon minergate.exe Trojan:
The attached files are usually executable files and experts are detecting more and more Microsoft Word documents disguised as malicious macros. Such documents seem legitimate, but after opening them, the user is asked to “Enable Content” in order to see what is in the document, which triggers the macro infection. This results in various different types of activities happening in the following order:
Minergate.exe Win32.Bazon – Activity
When the Minergate.exe Win32.Bazon infection is triggered on your computer, the malware immediately creates the following file:
→ c:\program files\minergate\minergate.exe
The Win32.Bazon Trojan may also modify various Windows Registry sub-keys, like the following to make the minergate.exe file run automatically with Windows boot:
After this is done, the Win32.Bazon Trojan may also perform other activities on the computer of the victim, besides simply mining for cryptocurrencies. Since the malware is a Trojan Horse, it may collect different information from your computer, such as:
- Your IP address.
- Your network information (neighboring devices).
- Log your keystrokes to find passwords and other information that you type online, like Credit Card numbers, etc.
- Obtain private keys of your BitCoin or other wallets on your computer.
The Trojan horse’s primary purpose however is to utilize Minergate into using your computer’s resources to their maximum in order to generate revenue to the cyber-criminals behind this malware. This results in you having not only to pay higher electricity bills if the virus is on your computer for longer periods of time, but your computer may also break in the process of mining, due to components over-depreciating in performance.
The malware has the capability of making your computer to mine for the following cryptocurrencies
Remove Minergate.exe Win32.Bazon Malware from Your PC
In order to remove this malware completely from your computer system, it recommended that you follow the removal instructions which we have presented down below. They are created to be step-by-step methods that show you how to remove all the related malicious files and objects to minergate.exe mining Trojan from your computer system.
The best method for removal according to malware researchers is to do this automatically, preferably by downloading an advanced anti-malware software. Installing such program will help to automatically detect all the associated files with Minergate.exe malware and remove them while protecting your computer against other intrusions as well.