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Service.exe Virus Process (Crypto-Miner) – How to Remove It Completely

This article has been created in order to help you remove the CPU miner virus, using the fake service.exe process in order to mine for cryptocurrencies on your computer.

A new cryptocurrency miner malware, going by the name Service.exe has been detected to roam around and cause infections on computers, all over the globe. The malware has one main purpose and that is to mine for anonymous cryptocurrencies from the likes of BitCoin or Monero. The virus uses the CPU and GPU resources of the infected computer in order to do that and service.exe aims to stay undetected on the computer of the victim for as long time as possible. Since this virus may be directly dangerous to your computer in the long term and may even break some of it’s components, it is recommended that your read the following article in order to learn more about it and remove it from your computer system.

Threat Summary

Name service.exe Virus Process
Type Cryptocurrency miner malware.
Short Description Uses your computer’s central processor and video card resources in order to mine for cryptocurrencies and generate income to the hackers who are behind it.
Symptoms Having service.exe process running on your computer may result in it freezing and slowing down in performance.
Distribution Method Via malicious e-mail spam or fake setup wizards.
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Service.exe Miner Virus – Infection

The infection of service.exe miner virus is done via set of tools and activities, which together are executed in a well-calculated system that works without interruption and uses exploits in your Windows operating system in order to cause the infection, while in the same time remaining unnoticed on your computer. Such infection is usually done via an intermediary infection file which may resemble a legitmate:

  • Document.
  • Setup of a program.
  • Key generator.
  • Program patch.
  • Software activator.

If spread via e-mail the malicious file may be hidden in an archive or linked in third-party file sharing sites, like Dropbox. The malicious e-mails often are well-disguised and can fool even experienced users. Below is one of such e-mails which leads to an infection file:

In addition to via a web link, the malicious file may also be archived and sent as an attachment in one of the following file formats:

→ .docm, .vbs, .wsf, .js, .exe

If you encounter files of this type, it is advisable to not open them and block future e-mails coming from this address.

Service.exe CryptoCurrency Miner Malware – Activity

As soon as infection takes place with this virus, it may immediately drop the service.exe file, which is responsible for mining the designated cryptocurrency and alongside it, other files may also be dropped. The folders in which these malicious files usually reside are:

After this is completed, the malware may also attack the Windows Registry Editor of your computer and add registry entries with data embedded in them that allows the service.exe process to run automatically alongside Windows start-up process. The targeted Windows Registry keys in which this process is done are the Run and RunOnce sub-keys, located in:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

In addition to those, the service.exe malware may also attack other commonly targeted Windows Registry sub-keys:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveTimeOut
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

After these Windows registry sub-keys are attacked, the malware may begin to perform various different activities on your computer, which may include:

  • Stealing information, like passwords and logins from it.
  • Logging your keystrokes.
  • Downloading updates to remain hidden on your PC.

The main purpose of the service.exe virus is different than those activities which it may or may not do. It is to mine for cryprtocurrencies, like BitCoin or Monero by enlisting the infected computer in a network of computers which combine their hashing power to mine for the cryptocurrencies and credit the profits from the mining to the wallet of the vendor running them, in this case the creator of the service.exe miner malware. This is very dangerous for your computer, especially if the process remains for longer time running in the background – it may damage components of your computer and break it, making access to your data logically impossible. This is why, it is recommended to remove the service.exe infection as soon as you detect its symptoms of presence, outlined in the Threat Summary table above.

Remove Service.exe CPU Miner Virus from Your PC

In order to remove this unwanted process and all of it’s related virus files and objects from your computer, you should follow the removal instructions below. They are specifically designed in order to help you perform the removal either manually if you have experience in malware removal or automatically if you lack such experience. Be advised that the most effective and fastest method for removal is the automatic approach, especially if you use an advanced anti-malware software, which will scan and remove everything related to the service.exe virus from your computer plus protect it against future parasite files like this one.

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How to Remove service.exe Virus Process from Windows.


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

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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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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'.

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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.

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


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Get rid of service.exe Virus Process from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall service.exe Virus Process and remove related files and objects

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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 service.exe Virus Process:

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 service.exe Virus Process. 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 service.exe Virus Process. 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process. 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 service.exe Virus Process files from your Mac

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


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Remove service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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 service.exe Virus Process 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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