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Svchost.exe.exe Monero Miner Virus (SearchGo) – How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to help you by showing you how to remove the Svchost.exe.exe malware process from your computer and prevent it from mining Monero (XMR), using your GPU.

A new miner malware, using the SearchGo name and the fake process Svchost.exe.exe has been reported to infect victims computers and install a Trojan horse which begins to mine for the cryptocurrency Monero by automatically launching a fake svchost.exe file. The file, named svchost.exe.exe begins to use GPU and CPU power of the infected computer and may increase the processor utilization to up to 95%. In the event that you see the svchost.exe.exe process on your computer, reccomendations are to check for the SearchGo or Svchost.exe.exe miner Trojan and remove it, using the information in the article below.

Threat Summary

Name Svchost.exe.exe Malware
Type Crypto-Miner Trojan
Short Description Infects your computer, drops it’s payload, after which begins to mine for the cryptocurrency Monero (XMR).
Symptoms Elevated GPU and CPU temperature and utilization. Fake process, named svchost.exe.exe running in the background as a system process in Task Manager.
Distribution Method Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.
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Svchost.exe.exe (SearchGo) Miner Trojan – Infection Methods

In order to infect the computers of victims, the SearchGo miner malware may use such techniques that expose the infection file to as many potential victims as possible. The most widely used such technique is if the malware is spread via e-mail spam messages, containing the infection file as an attachment, for example:

The infection file may be concealed in those e-mails to resemble an Invoice, a receipt or any other seemingly legitimate document. But this is not the only method by which you can become infected with the svchost.exe.exe miner malware. The virus may also spread passively via files uploaded online, like:

  • Fake setups of programs that are available for download in suspicious websites.
  • Fraudulent key generators, software license activators or other game cracks and patches.

Svchost.exe.exe Miner – Malicious Activity

In addition to being a Monero miner, the Svchost.exe.exe malware is also a Trojan Horse, meaning that it has all the capabilities of Trojan as well. Once infecting your computer the infection file uses obfuscation in order to conceal it’s malicious files from any protection software. The files dropped, contain the fake svchost file which aims to imitate the original Windows process and it is being dropped in the following location:

→ C:\Windows\Microsoft\svchost.exe.exe

Once the infection commences, the Svchost.exe miner may begin the infection by initiating a process call by incjecting script in the legitimate Service Host to launch the fake file as an administrator. From there, the fake file is launched and connects the victim to a mining pool of other infected computers. All of the infected computers lead to the account and wallet of the hacker behind the Svchost.exe.exe miner. If the attacker has infected several computers, here is how a logical mining pool linked to his wallet may look like:

The only realistic sign of seeing this malware infecting your computer is if you see the process on your Windows Task Manager running with a 95% or more CPU utilization under the User Name SYSTEM.

Besides being a miner malware, the Svchost.exe.exe miner is also a Trojan horse, meaning that it can also perform all of the spyware activities done by a Trojan, such as:

  • Log the keystrokes you type.
  • Take screenshots on your computer.
  • Collect usernames and passwords.
  • Steal important files from your computer.
  • Update itself.
  • Install other malware on your PC.

Remove SearchGo (Svchost.exe.exe) Miner from Windows

In order to fully remove ths miner malware from your computer, reccomendations are to follow the removal instructions below. Since they are divided in manual and automatic removal, reccomendations are only to follow the manual removal in case you have experience in removing viruses this way. Otherwise, experts outline the best way to remove the SearchGo (Svchost.exe.exe) malware is by using an advanced anti-malware software, specifically created to remove such threats and protect your computer in the future against them as well.

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How to Remove Svchost.exe.exe Malware from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Svchost.exe.exe Malware

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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 Svchost.exe.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. 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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware 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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware 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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware 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'.

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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Svchost.exe.exe Malware and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware:

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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware. 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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware. 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 Svchost.exe.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:

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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware. 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 Svchost.exe.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.


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Erase Svchost.exe.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.



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Uninstall Svchost.exe.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.



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Remove Svchost.exe.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".

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 Svchost.exe.exe Malware 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 Svchost.exe.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.


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