An article that has been created with the purpose to help you to remove the rthdcpl.exe process which is being exploited by a cryptocurrency miner. Cryptocurrency miner viruses are known to be after one thing only – taking advantage of users’ CPU and GPU resources to mine for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Monero, among others. As a result of these unwanted activities, the rthdcpl.exe miner malware may slow down your computer. Since most cryptocurrency miners are being distributed across users’ computers in the form of a Trojan infection, other malicious activities may be taking place in the background of an infected as well.
If you have witnessed any unwanted behavior on your system stemming from the rthdcpl.exe process, you should not only consider removing it as soon as possible but also check your system for additional malware.
|Type||Cryptocurrency Miner Malware|
|Short Description||Aims to use your CPU’s or GPU’s resources to mine for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.|
|Symptoms||After infection the miner overloads the CPU and GPU which results in poor PC performance and system crashes, among other outcomes.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious e-mail spam attachments, infected websites or fake installation setups.|
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Rthdcpl.exe Miner Malware – How Is It Distributed
First of all, it should be noted that the rthdcpl.exe process is a legitimate one, related to Realtek HD Audio Sound Effect Manager. However, such processes are often exploited by malware. With the rise of cryptocurrency miners many legitimately looking process may turn out to be malicious, exploiting your computer’s resources for the purpose of cryptocurrency mining.
If you have noticed high CPU and GPU usage coming from the rthdcpl.exe process, note that your system may have been infected. The most likely distribution method for cryptocurrency miners is via spam delivered to your email inbox. These spam messages usually contain malware-carrying email attachments that prompt you to enable macros. Hence, you should be extremely careful with emails that are luring you into downloading attachments. Watch out for the following extensions:
.docm, .vbs, .wsf, .js, .exe
Also keep in mind that the rthdcpl.exe cryptocurrency miner may have infiltrated your system via compromised web pages deployed for malvertising campaigns.
In a nutshell, this cryptocurrency miner may have entered your computer via:
- Malicious web links posted as spam messages.
- Web links that exist in various forms, e.g. buttons or banners on a website as a result of having a potentially unwanted program running on your computer.
Malicious e-mail attachments containing a tricky message pushing you to open it.
Rthdcpl.exe – Malicious Activities
Once your computer has been infected with the rthdcpl.exe miner, the malware will drop its payload which may consist of multiple files residing in the following Windows directories:
In addition, the rthdcpl.exe miner malware may also add several different registry entries in the following Windows Registry sub-keys:
HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET ACCOUNT MANAGER\ACCOUNTS\
HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\OFFICE\OUTLOOK\OMI ACCOUNT MANAGER\ACCOUNTS
Once the alterations above are done, the rthdcpl.exe miner may connect your computer to a mining pool.
Rthdcpl.exe Miner Malware – How to Remove It from Your System
Before proceeding, keep in mind that the rthdcpl.exe miner malware is most likely a persistent threat that may remain concealed on your system. Thus, it is highly recommended to rely on an anti-malware tool to detect and remove the threat and all associated files completely, with no leftovers. In addition, such a program will continue to guard your system against the various malware threats lurking online.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Rthdcpl.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rthdcpl.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rthdcpl.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rthdcpl.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rthdcpl.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rthdcpl.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rthdcpl.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Rthdcpl.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rthdcpl.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Rthdcpl.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.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 Rthdcpl.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Rthdcpl.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.