A new cryptocurrency miner for Apple computers has been discovered by Symantec researchers. The miner malware aims to overuse the CPU and GPU resources on your MacBook and generate cryptocurrency money to the cyber-criminals who are behind this malware. The OSX.Coinminer threat may also perform other unwanted activities on your MacBook, such as obtain different information from it, like logins, passwords, files, etc. If you suspect that your computer has fallen victim to the OSX.Coinminer, we advise you to read the following article in order to learn how to remove this malware from your computer and protect it against future crypto miner infections, like OSX.Coinminer.
|Type||Cryptocurrency Miner Malware for Mac|
|Short Description||Aims to use the resources on the Apple devices running OSX in order to mine for cryptocurrencies, like BitCoin or Monero.|
|Symptoms||The infected computer may experience performance slow-downs, system freezes and may even crash at times.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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OSX.Coinminer – How Does It Infect
The primary method of infection, which may be used by OSX.Coinminer is likely done via e-mail spam messages, that may carry malicious e-mail attachments or malicious web links within them. Since OSX has the so-called Sandbox protection of Apps, the infection file may actually be a legitimate document which triggers malicious macros only after the user has allowed it to run. Such documents may be Microsoft Word documents which trigger the infection when the user clicks on “Enable Content” in order to see what is in the document. After doing so, the following chain of activities may be activated:
Also, another scenario which has been reported to be associated with OSX.Coinminer has been reported to be conducted via bundling the application with legitimate setups for software or games.
OSX.Coinminer – More Information and Activity
When the OSX.Coinminer has infected your OSX machine, the malware may begin to execute the malicious cryptocurrency mining code alongside the legitimate app. This way, OSX.Coinminer makes you to believe that you have the legitimate application running, while in the background it runs hashing operation which is basically calculating complex mathematical tasks to generate cryptocurrency money. This activity may result in your computer having to slow down, freeze at times and have you wondering why does this happen. The main danger besides the decrease in performance is that if the miner runs for longer periods of time on your device, it may damage it’s components due to overutilization.
In addition to this, since OSX.Coinminer is malicious, the malware may perform various unwanted activities that have nothing to do with the mining operation it does on your OSX device. Such activities may include:
- Steal system information, such as IP address, ISP, System Language and Location.
- Steal important information, like you name, address, financial data and passwords for accounts.
After this has been done, the malware may also run automatically the coin miner procedure each time you start your Mac. The way the mining operation is by connecting your computer to third-party mining pools, which contain a lot of different infected computers linked to the wallet of the cyber-criminal so the more computers he infects, the more money they make.
Remove OSX.Coinminer from Your Computer
In order to detect and remove this cryptocurrency miner Trojan from your computer system, we recommend that you focus on downloading an advanced anti-malware software from it. The OSX.Coinminer is the type of malware which aims to remain unnoticed so experts would strongly suggest to use an advanced malware detection and removal tool for OSX machines in order to make sure that this program is fully gone from your computer and it stays protected against future infections as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove OSX.Coinminer from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of OSX.Coinminer from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove OSX.Coinminer from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase OSX.Coinminer from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall OSX.Coinminer from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove OSX.Coinminer from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate OSX.Coinminer from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove OSX.Coinminer from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove OSX.Coinminer
Step 2: Uninstall OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of OSX.Coinminer from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer 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 OSX.Coinminer will be removed.
Eliminate OSX.Coinminer 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.