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Google.exe Virus – WHAT IS IT + How to Remove (Update July 2019)

Update July 2019! Google.exe is a miner virus. Google.exe Virus will use your computer for mining cryptocurrency. Google exe is the executable file that brings the virus. See if you have goggle.exe on your system and how to remove it.

SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in May 2019. But we gave it an update in July 2019

Google.exe is a process that could end up to be used by a cryptocurrency miner malware that is actively running on the victimized computers. The miner could end up on computers via a Trojan or other forms of infection malware compromising it. Its primary purpose is to take a large chunk of resources from the infected computer’s CPU and GPU. This slows down the affected machine and it begins to stutter and freeze. On top of that, Google.exe miner may also be associated with a dangerous Trojan that may compromise passwords and other sensitive information. If you are experiencing problems with the Google.exe miner, we recommend that you read this article.

Threat Summary

Name Google.exe Virus Miner
Type Crypto Miner / Trojan
Short Description May remain undetected on your computer and use your CPU and GPU resources to mine for cryptocurrencies.
Symptoms A Google.exe process running in the background. The infected PC may slow down and even freeze at times.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Google.exe – How Did I Get It?

The Google.exe miner may arrive you your PC, like any other malware does – via malicious web link or a virus file. If the infection is via your browser, the file or the link may be on a site, that is compromise, where the link, could be a malicious redirect from the site and the file could pretend to be an installer, crack, patch or other program you are looking to download. If the file or link are sent to your e-mail, you may be deceived into clicking on the link or downloading the file, thinking that they lead to an important page or document, like an invoice, password change URL, receipt and others. Criminals often imitate big companies, like PayPal, banks and others to trick victims into clicking.

Google.exe Virus – What Does It Do?

Once the Google.exe Virus lands on your computer, it may drop its virus process .exe and other support files in the following directories:

  • %AppData%
  • %Local%
  • %LocalLow%
  • %Roaming%
  • %Temp%

After this, the Google.exe Trojan may run as an administrator and could begin mining process. To do this, the Google.exe miner may establish connection with the IP address and the domain of the cyber-criminals. Then, It may connect to a mining pool, which is a place, where computers from everywhere conjoin their efforts to increase crypto mining power. When the Google.exe miner starts the mining operation, it may significantly increase the CPU and GPU usage of your computer, just like if you were running a very heavy game. Your computer may freeze, slow down, stutter, and you could not be able to use it the way you used to. In the meantime, the Google.exe miner may generate cryptocurrencies, like BitCoin or Monero in the mining pool and credit them to the wallets of the cyber-criminals. So basically, they get rich at your expense.

Google exe – What Else Does It Hide?

But if you have the Google.exe miner, then a bigger resources usage may be the least of your worries. According to reports, the Google exe miner may also come with a Trojan horse – a type of malware that has the capability of performing the following virus activities:

  • Collecting passwords that you have saved.
  • Tapping into your microphone and camera.
  • Obtaining information from your computer directly.
  • Logging the keystrokes you type.
  • Taking screenshots.

This is one more reason why you should immediately remove the Google.exe miner from your computer.

Remove Goggle.exe Completely

To remove Goggle.exe miner from your computer, we strongly suggest that you follow the removal steps underneath. They have been created with the main idea to help you get rid of this virus. If the first two manual removal steps do not seem to be of much help, then we recommend that you automatically remove this threat, preferably by downloading and scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will effectively detect and eliminate all unwanted and malicious files, belonging to Google.exe miner from your computer.

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How to Remove Google.exe Virus Miner from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Google.exe Virus Miner

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Google.exe Virus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Google.exe Virus Miner on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Google.exe Virus Miner there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Google.exe Virus Miner with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Google.exe Virus Miner from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Google.exe Virus Miner and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Google.exe Virus Miner:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Google.exe Virus Miner. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Google.exe Virus Miner. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Google.exe Virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Google.exe Virus Miner. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Google.exe Virus Miner files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Google.exe Virus 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Google.exe Virus Miner:


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Remove Google.exe Virus 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.


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Erase Google.exe Virus 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.



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Uninstall Google.exe Virus 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.



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Remove Google.exe Virus 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Google.exe Virus Miner will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Google.exe Virus 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.


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