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Securedisk.exe CPU Miner Virus – How to Remove Fully

This article aims to explain what is Securedisk.exe Riskware.BitCoinminer and how to remove this miner malware completely from your computer system.

A new BitCoin mining software, using a process, called securedisk.exe has been reported by malware researchers to infect user PC’s and use 50% of the infected computer’s CPU power in order to mine for the cryptocurrency BitCoin. The software aims to stay undetected on your computer for very long periods of time while in the same time taking an large amount of your resources. This results in your computer performing slow and overheating and may damage your CPU in the long term as well. If you see the securedisk.exe process in your Windows Task Manager and it takes a large amount of your CPU power, recommendations are to immediately remove this threat from your computer, preferably by reading the information stated in this article.

Threat Summary

Name securedisk.exe CPU Miner
Type Cryptocurrency miner malware.
Short Description Aims to mine for the cryptocurrency BitCoin while using extensive ammount of your computer’s resources.
Symptoms Your computer may slow-down, freeze and perform other unwanted activities.
Distribution Method Via malicious e-mail spam or fake setup wizards.
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Securedisk.exe – Distribution Methods

The Securedisk.exe malware is the type of virus that goes through different processes in order to slither on your computer, while remaining completely undetected in the same time. The methods used by the malware authors behind this miner may be more than one, starting with malicious e-mail spam messages sent in order to infect as maximum victim computers as possible by deceiving them that the actual malicious files that are being distributed are of legitimate character. To do this, the authors behind the securedisk.exe virus may pretend that the infection file of the malware itself is actually a:

  • Invoice.
  • Receipt.
  • Banking statement.
  • Report on malicious activity on your account.

In addition to this, the e-mails distributing the securedisk.exe infection may also contain deceitful messages embedded within them, for example:

From: USPS
Date: Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:06 AM CST
To:
Subject: USPS Delivery Notification
The package could not be delivered by our company’s courrier.
REASON: Wrong postal code
PARCEL # : USP511009489
SHIPMENT TYPE : OVERNIGHT
To reschedule a delivery, visit your post office with a printed copy of the shipping label.
The label has been attached to this notification, in .doc format.
For additional information about our services, you can visit our official website https://www.usps.com/,
Thank you for using our services.
USPS Global.
Attachment: lab-el_11009489.doc (83.1 KB)

Securedisk.exe – More Information + Activity

Securedisk.exe is a process which poses as a legitimate Windows utility which supposedly helps secure your hard drive or SSD drive, however the miner malware may have nothing to do with this process. The virus may perform various different activities on the computers of the victims, the first one of which is to immediately drop the securedisk.exe process in one of the following Windows directories:

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

When the malicious file of this virus is ran on your computer, it may also be added as as trustworthy process, preventing any antivirus programs from stopping it and detecting it as a cryptocurrency miner. The malicious file also establishes a connection to a cryptocurrency mining pool. From there, it begins to use the half of the CPU power on the infected computer. This is very clever, because, while taking from the resources of the CPU to calculate hashes, the virus does not take the full CPU power, allowing it to remain undetected for longer periods of time.

But do not mistale the securedisk.exe process for a harmless one, primarily because this process may damage your CPU in the long term by running it on high usage all the time. In addition to this, the process may also contain malicious scripts which could perform other malicious activities on your PC, like:

  • Log keystrokes from your PC.
  • Obtain network and system information.
  • Update itself to remain undetected for longer periods of time.
  • Steal important information from your computer.

How to Remove Securedisk.exe CPU Miner from Your Computer

In order to remove Securedisk.exe from your computer system, some experience with malware is required. At first, you will need to isolate the malware and then remove it. One way to do it is if you follow the manual or automatic removal instructions from the article underneath. They are specifically created in order to help you delete this malware without leaving any trace behind. Furthermore, be advised that experts often recommend to use an advanced anti-malware software in order to completely remove all of the malicious files which are related to the securedisk.exe CPU miner malware from your computer and prevent it from returning on your computer in the future as well.

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How to Remove securedisk.exe CPU Miner from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe 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. 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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe CPU 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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 securedisk.exe CPU Miner from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall securedisk.exe CPU Miner and remove related files and objects

OFFER
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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe 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:

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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 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.



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Remove securedisk.exe 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.


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Erase securedisk.exe 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.



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Uninstall securedisk.exe 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.



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Remove securedisk.exe 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".

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 securedisk.exe CPU 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 securedisk.exe 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.


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