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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Minergate.exe Trojan from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Minergate.exe Trojan from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Minergate.exe Trojan from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Minergate.exe Trojan from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Minergate.exe Trojan from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Minergate.exe Trojan from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Minergate.exe Trojan from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Minergate.exe Trojan from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Minergate.exe Trojan
Step 2: Uninstall Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Minergate.exe Trojan from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan 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 Minergate.exe Trojan will be removed.
Eliminate Minergate.exe Trojan 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.