CPU Miner is a dubious application developed by IZABELCOIN Ltd. It is designed to mine Bitcoins and is often installed without the users’ knowledge or consent. This is thanks to the distribution method called bundling, mostly used to spread ad-supported software and PUPs. The third-party product appears to be troublesome and should be removed from the PC.
CPU Miner General Description
According to research, CPU Miner installs two miner applications – cpuminer and sgminer. They are set to use the user’s CPU and graphics card to mine for BitCoin or another cyprocurrency. While the miners are running in the background of the machine, several problems will be triggered.
Because the PUP is taking up a lot of CPU usage, the user will encounter problems with his programs and games. They will not run properly and will freeze and crash. Similar programs are known to boost electricity bills because the PC consumes more energy than usual. Potential damage to the computer’s hardware can also be caused since excessive heat is produced.
What is more, CPU Miner will also connect itself to a mining pool – pool2.ipominer.com. Once connected to it, the cyber crooks that have developed the tool will start mining Darkcoin – a type of digital currency. Apart from this, CPU Miner uses dubious methods to spread itself across the Web. It is often bundled with third-party software.
CPU Miner Removal Options
It is clear that the PUP should be removed as soon as possible. The longer it is running, the worse. Users can try to locate CPU Miner in Control Panel and remove it from there. Its primary executable file is cpuminer-gw64.exe. The browser’s settings also need to be checked. Lastly, performing a full system scan is highly advisory since more PUPs may have entered the system thanks to the bundling method.
- Guide 1: How to Remove CPU Miner from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CPU Miner on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CPU Miner in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CPU Miner from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CPU Miner from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CPU Miner from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CPU Miner from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable CPU Miner Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove CPU Miner from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CPU Miner
Step 2: Uninstall CPU 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 CPU 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 CPU Miner there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CPU Miner from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CPU 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 CPU 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 CPU Miner files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CPU Miner, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove CPU 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 CPU 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 CPU 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 CPU 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 CPU Miner will be removed.
Eliminate CPU 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by CPU Miner from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".