Cryptocurrency miner malware are type of viruses, whose main purpose is to use your Mac’s CPU and GPU to generate cryptocurrency units with the primary idea to credit them to the malware maker. To do this, those miner viruses aim to enrol victims into different cryptocurrency mining pools that link their computer to a network of infected computers that work conjointly in the interest of the hacker. If you believe that your Mac has been affected by a miner virus, we suggest that you read this article thoroughly.
|Type||Coin Miner for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aim to use your Mac for cryptocurrency miner operations.|
|Symptoms||Your Mac could begin to stutter and slow down and even freeze at times. CPU usage may rise at a 100%|
|Distribution Method||Typical distribution like other malware – via virus files or web links either uploaded online or sent via mail.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Miner Virus.|
Miner Virus on Mac – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
One scenario via which your computer could have become compromised by a Miner virus is likely done by the malware slithering via a compromised website. Some hackers compromise the downloads of sites and trick you into downloading the wrong file instead of the download you have googled. Usually such files often turn out to be cracks, patches, installers, portable apps and others. Another scenario is if the file gets sent to you via e-mail. These types of files are usually sent to you as a result of being attached to the e-mail and pretending to be legitimate e-mail attachments. Such attachments often seem as if they are invoices, receipts or important documents that have to be opened at any cost.
Whatever the case may be, once an infection with the miner in question occurs, the victim is enrolled in a cryptocurrency miner pool. This miner pool may initiate the so-called factorisation process that generates hashes. When enough hashes are gathered of the cryptocurrency, the award is credited to the hacker’s cryptocurrency wallet. A miner pool may contain a lot of computer so hackers tend to infect as many as they can, because they generate tokens faster.
The miner process may be conducted by a process actively running on your computer. This process may begin to perform a lot of different types of activities and these may slow down your Mac, make it stutter and even break it down entirely. What is not good in this situation is that the miner may also come with Trojan capabilities that may allow it to steal information from your Mac. Such can be:
- Keylogger that logs what you type.
- Microphone and camera control.
- Infostealer that can copy saved passwords and steal files.
- Read and write permissions over your files.
All of these components altogether plus the fact that if the miner remains on your Mac for longer, it may damage it’s components make the removal of this threat strongly advisable.
Remove a Miner Virus from Your Mac
In order to make sure that any miner is gone from your Mac, we would strongly recommend that you follow the instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the main idea to help you out in removing this virus either by yourself or automatically. If the manual removal steps underneath do not seem to help out, then we strongly recommend that you remove this virus the way experts recommend – by scanning your computer via an advanced anti-malware program. This will effectively make sure that any miner is gone for good from your Mac and it stays safe against becoming a future miner target.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Miner Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Miner Virus from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Miner Virus from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Miner Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Miner Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Miner Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Miner Virus from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Miner Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Miner Virus
Step 2: Uninstall Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Miner Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Miner Virus, 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 Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus 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 Miner Virus will be removed.
Eliminate Miner Virus 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.