A new miner type of malware has been reported by malware researchers to mask itself behind the legitimate process spoolsv.exe. The virus aims to mine for the cryptocurrenices Monero or BitCoin which results in your PC becoming extremely slow since the virus aims to overuse your CPU and GPU. This immediately results in your PC becoming unstable, slow and may even break in the long term. Since this malware may also have Trojan horse capabilities, it is strongly advisable to remove it as fast as possible, preferrably by using the information in this article.
|Short Description||Aims to infect your computer and use it’s CPU, GPU and other resources to turn it into a miner for cryptocurrencies.|
|Symptoms||Hightened CPU and GPU usage and overheating. The victim PC may break if this virus mines for longer periods of time.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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How Did I Get spoolsv.exe Malware to Infect Me
There may be a variety of ways via which this malware may have entered your computer system, the main of which are related to the virus slithering on your PC as a:
- Fake program installer.
- Game patch.
- Crack or key generator for games or software.
- Malicious torrent executable.
- Fake file, sent to you online, uploaded on a malicious URL (for example bit.ly).
- Files that pretend to be documents, such as invoices, receipts or order confirmations.
In addition to this, the virus may also infect your computer ass a result of you having to open files on your computer that pretend to be legitimate documents sent to you via e-mail. The e-mails often aim to come from big companies, for example:
Spoolsv.exe Miner Malware – More Information
While the spoolsv.exe is a legitimate process, this most likely Trojan-influenced virus aims to mask it as legitimate while it is mining for cryptocurrencies. After infection with the spoolsv.exe miner malware, the virus may drop multiple different files on your computer. They may reside in the following Windows directories:
In addition to this, since it is malware after all, the spoolsv.exe Trojan may also perform other malicious activities besides mining for cryptocurrencies on your PC, such as:
- Steal your passwords and other information.
- Obtain files from your computer.
- Download and install updates of it’s version to remain undetected.
- Download other malware on your computer system.
- Download and install copies of itself if it’s main spoolsv.exe file is removed.
The main activity of this malware is to perform mining operations for cryptocurrencies that are anonymous, such as BitCoin or Monero. The mining operations may result in your CPU and GPU to overheat and your computer may immediately become sluggish and slow and even freeze. This is because the virus has connected it to a mining pool which generates tokens from the cryptocurrency your PC is set to mine by the malware.
How to Remove the spoolsv.exe Miner Malware Permanently
In order to fully delete this miner virus from your PC, it is strongly advisable to isolate the threat first and then delete it. Since the spoolsv.exe malware may also begin to perform other types of activities on your computer, such as create copies of itself to make it so that manual removal may not be effective, it is strongly advisable to go for the automatic approach. Furthermore, for maximum effectiveness, malware researchers recommend using an advanced anti-malware software to help you to fully delete this malware and protect your computer against future infections as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove spoolsv.exe Malware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of spoolsv.exe Malware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove spoolsv.exe Malware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase spoolsv.exe Malware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall spoolsv.exe Malware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove spoolsv.exe Malware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate spoolsv.exe Malware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove spoolsv.exe Malware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove spoolsv.exe Malware
Step 2: Uninstall spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of spoolsv.exe Malware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware 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 spoolsv.exe Malware will be removed.
Eliminate spoolsv.exe Malware 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.