The Driver-windows.exe is considered to be a miner virus. The process likely belongs to a Trojan or malware infection that may have compromised your computer. This miner virus is most likely trying to infect your machine while flying under the radar to remain hidden.
Miners such as Driver-windows.exe are typically designed to perform mining activities that slow down your computer and overheat its components. Read this article to fully understand how Driver-windows.exe works, and how you can rid your system of the virus files.
|Type||Cryptocurrency Miner Virus|
|Short Description||A cryptocurrency miner using the resources of your computer for its mining operations.|
|Symptoms||Your computer can become extremely slow, and can even freeze at times.|
|Distribution Method||Torrent Websites, Freeware Websites, Unsafe Browsing|
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Driver-windows.exe Virus Miner – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The Driver-windows.exe miner most likely sneaked into your computer via a malicious file that you may have activated without knowing. These types of virus files often utilize exploits in Windows to infect your PC. Such files may be sent to you via e-mail in the form of fake documents, invoices, receipts. These files could also be uploaded on sites for free download, such as fake cracks, patches, portable programs, etc. It is important to mentioned that these methods are widely deployed for the quiet distribution of Trojans across computers.
Once the malicous file has been installed on your computer, the Trojan that is causing the miner process could drop files in the following Windows system directories:
The Driver-windows.exe process is a Bitcoin mining virus. The process may run as administrator, as the virus behind it could take over the admin rights of your computer. Then, the Driver-windows.exe process could execute the cryptocurrency miner, which will exploit your CPU and GPU (Central Processor and Video Card) in order to mine for cryptocurrencies, resulting in the overheating of your computer and its worsened performance.
In most cases, cybercriminals who are running mining operations such as the Driver-windows.exe virus miner, are aiming at Monero and Bitcoin but other cryptocurrencies may be targeted as well. The mining process includes connecting your computer to a so-called crypto miner (cryptocurrency mining) pool. These pools are a virtual network of computers that all combine their mining power to obtain cryptocurrencies for their operators. Their sole purpose is to infect as many computers as possible for larger profits.
In addition, miners such as Driver-windows.exe could have built-in Trojan components with spyware characteristics, such as:
- Stealing files.
- Taking screenshots.
- Downloading copies of itself.
- Copying your files.
- Downloading other viruses.
- Obtaining saved passwords.
- Controlling your mouse.
- Controlling your microphone or web camera.
Remove Driver-windows.exe Virus Miner from Your Computer
In order to get rid of Driver-windows.exe, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal guide below. It has been made to help you delete the malicious process step by step. If you want a fast and effective solution, however, we strongly suggest that you run a scan of your computer, using a specific anti-malware program. Anti-malware programs are designed to detect and remove all components of malicious software.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Driver-windows.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Driver-windows.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Driver-windows.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Driver-windows.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Driver-windows.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Driver-windows.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Driver-windows.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Driver-windows.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Driver-windows.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Driver-windows.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Driver-windows.exe, 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 Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe 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 Driver-windows.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Driver-windows.exe 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.