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This article aims to help you completely remove the Adylkuzz Monero miner Trojan from your computer, dropping the files msiexev.exe and wuauser.exe in it.

A Trojan horse, named Adylkuzz has been reported to use the same exploits WannaCry ransomware’s worm – EternalBlue and DoublePulsar SMB exploits for infection of computers. But unlike other Trojan viruses, the Adylkuzz miner Trojan aims to use the resources of the infected computer in order to mine for a cryptocurrency, called Monero. In case you have experienced a slow performance on your computer and higher CPU, RAM or GPU usage and have the suspicious processes above running from an unknown user, you have been infected by Adylkuzz. Keep reading this material in order to learn more about this infection and learn how to remove all malicious files belonging to Adylkuzz trojan.

Threat Summary

NameTrojan.Adylkuzz
TypeTrojan Horse, Miner Malware
Short DescriptionAims to use the resources of the infected computer in order to mine for a cryptocurrency, known as Monero.
SymptomsExtremely high usage of system resources. The files msiexev.exe and wuauser.exe are dropped on the compromised computer.
Distribution Method The trojan infects a computer via SMB exploit, known as EternalBlue and uses DoublePulsar backdoor to install the malicious files.
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How Did I Get Infected With Adylkuzz Trojan

The Trojan, may slip onto your computer via the two very exploits used in the massive WannaCry ransomware outbreak, that broke out earlier this month:

  • EternalBlue
  • DoublePulsar

Related:Adylkuzz Uses WannaCry Exploits, Mines Monero Cryptocurrency

These exploits were oriented towards multiple different types of systems, but predominantly these systems are unpatched versions of Windows 7. However, they also work on all other unpatched versions of Windows, it comes down to how the cyber-criminals behind the Trojan.Adylkuzz miner have decided to distribute the infection. It may be conducted via multiple different methods:

  • The infection file uploaded as a fake updater, installer, or other executable.
  • The infection file uploaded as a fake document, being a part of massive spam e-mail campaign.
  • The infection, conducted via a third-party ad-supported program causing a browser redirect or directly infecting the computer

Adylkuzz Trojan – What Does It Do?

Among the primary activities of this Trojan horse after infection your computer is to drop it’s malicious processes and run in in Windows Task Manager. The processes are named as follows:

  • msiexev.exe
  • wuauser.exe

These processes are only configured as services of Windows after the malware obtains administrative permissions over the user’s computer. After these permissions are obtained, the Trojan.Adylkuzz threat set’s the processes as legitimate Windows services. This way they can start alongside the operating system’s start-up process.

In addition to it’s primary set of activities, Adylkuzz is a Trojan Horse as well, meaning that it may also:

  • Steal important files from your computer.
  • Log the keystrokes you type to steal passwords.
  • Steal financial credentials and personal information from your web browsers..
  • Infect your computer with other malware.
  • Obtain system information and network information..

After this has been done and the executables have already been initiated, the Trojan.Adylkuzz infection begins to perform multiple different types of administrative commands, beginning with the following command, reported by malware researchers:

-a cryptonight -o stratum+tcp://{URL to a mining pool} -u {Unique user ID}-p x

After this command is initiated, the Trojan.Adylkuzz infection begins to use all of the resources of the processor (CPU) of the infected Windows computer. These resources are used to conduct the so-called mining for cryptocurrency. Mining consists of performing complicated calculations and solving mathematical equations to complete an order from someone who is using the cryptocurrency, in this case, Monero.

The cryptocurrency has been reported to see a rise in the past seven days as well:

Trojan.Adylkuzz Source: Coinmarketcap.com

Detect and Remove the Adylkuzz Virus from Your PC

One method to detect this virus is to manually look for the malicious files and remove them, using the manual removal instructions below. However, these may not be the only modifications done by the Trojan.Adylkuzz infection on your computer. The virus may also create additional objects that can reinstall it, even If you have located the msiexev.exe and wuauser.exe files. This is why security experts strongly recommend victims to scan their computers with an advanced anti-malware program to fully remove the Trojan.Adylkuzz threat.

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To remove Trojan.Adylkuzz follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Trojan.Adylkuzz files and objects
2. Find files created by Trojan.Adylkuzz on your PC

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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